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The Tonto, AZ
mini location map2021-05-13
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The Tonto, AZ 
The Tonto, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar May 13 2021
chumley
Canyoneering25.51 Miles 1,000 AEG
Canyoneering25.51 Miles   23 Hrs   16 Mns   1.10 mph
1,000 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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The Tonto travels for over 70 miles from the shaded pine forest of the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson until it drains into the Salt River as it cuts through the desert at Roosevelt Dam. Much of it is difficult to access as the water cuts a 1500 foot deep gorge through rugged mountains. Some sections could arguably be considered as remote and wild as any in the state.

The ideal windows for visitation vary depending on the stretch. Heat, cold, flooding, and low flow or complete lack of water complicate the best laid plans to visit this place. For me, it's a multi-year project to see all of it, and I'm far from there yet. But whenever I have a chance to peel off another few miles that I haven't seen, I jump at the opportunity.

For each photo that makes it look amazing, there are 20 or more that tell a different story. But who wants to see those!? :sweat:
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