Wooded Desert Canyon in Tonto National Forest

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Status – OPEN

We’ve been here in-person, but it might have been a while. To our knowledge, this spot is currently open and accessible, but that can easily change, so always have a back-up plan!


If you're looking for a rugged and secluded camping experience, this primitive campsite located in a narrow, densely wooded canyon might be just what you need. The small stone fire ring provides a perfect spot to cook your meals and enjoy the warmth of a fire while surrounded by the lovely grove of trees on one side and saguaros on the other. The campsite is located up on a hill above the wash, offering great views of the surrounding area.

Be prepared to bring a compact four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle as the forest road can be very rough and unpredictable, following a stream for a short distance. It's important to note that a single flood event could wash the road away, making it difficult or impossible to follow. Cell service is not available, so be sure to plan accordingly.

While the trees in the canyon offer great shade and protection from the elements, the canopy may not be conducive to satellite connectivity. Additionally, there may be some ATV or hiker traffic and some cattle nearby. However, hiking from camp farther down into the canyon looks like it would be fun and interesting. If you're up for an adventure, this campsite offers a unique and rugged experience in a beautiful setting.

Always tread lightly, leave no trace, respect the wishes of landowners, and leave campsites cleaner than you found them. Be the very best steward of our public spaces that you can possibly be so that they remain public.

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