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Tonto National Forest Arizona

Updated: Oct 14, 2019


Took a ride on the Beeline Highway through the Tonto National Forest to the Bush Highway, which was named for local resident Harvy Grandville Bush in the 1930's.

The Tonto National Forest, encompassing 2,873,200 acres (1,162,700 ha; 11,627 km2), is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the fifth largest national forest in the United States.The Tonto National Forest has diverse scenery, with elevations ranging from 1,400 feet (427 m) in the Sonoran Desert to 7,400 feet (2,256 m) in the ponderosa pine forests of the Mogollon Rim (pronounced MOH-gee-on, or MUH-gee-own). The Tonto National Forest is also the most visited "urban" forest in the United States. The boundaries of the Tonto National Forest are the Phoenix metropolitan area to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the east. The Tonto (Spanish for "fool") is managed by the USDA Forest Service and its headquarters are in Phoenix. There are local ranger district offices in Globe, Mesa, Payson, Roosevelt, Scottsdale, and Young.

Wanted to take pictures of wildflowers so we concentrated on an area on the Bush Highway from the Beeline Highway to Saguaro Lake.

Poppies, globemallow, lupines, brittlebush, fairy dusters, etc. were in bloom.

Spring in the desert is a favorite season.




















































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