Tonto Apache Tribe
With beautiful views of the Mazatzal Mountains and the Mogollon (MUG-ee'ahn) Rim in the White Mountains, you can enjoy camping, hunting and hiking along lakes and streams, and then end the night at the casino with gaming, entertainment, and lux lodging.
The Tonto Apache Tribe is centrally located among some of the best year-round outdoor recreation in Arizona, near to the town of Payson, about 95 miles northeast of Phoenix. The winter snowfall brings skiing and snowboarding, while the rest of the year is bountiful with gorgeous hikes, scenic camping, ample hunting and historic treasures.
History & Nature
The Tonto Apache Tribe is surrounded by a variety of geological and mountainous formations. The Mazatzal Mountains are to the west and the Sierra Ancha Mountains to the south. To the north, the Mogollon Rim offers beautiful Ponderosa pine trees, lakes and streams.
Things to Do
The Mogollon Rim's beautiful scenery is perfect for serene camping and supports ample wildlife for hunting. When the winter snow falls, there's unlimited skiing and snowboarding.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is also near the tribe's lands and is home to the world's largest travertine bridge. Walk through the bridge-tunnel or stand on top for a majestic view from any of the four observation points.
The twin historic towns among the pines, Pine and Strawberry, are also close by, each founded in the 1800s by settlers. Beyond scenic outdoors and a range of recreation, the historic towns also boast artifacts and history on the life of these early settlers.
Where to Stay
The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson has a beautiful modern setting in a scenic mountain area. Get your game on in the casino and enjoy live entertainment and casual on-site dining. For a boutique feel, book a room at The Strawberry Inn in Pine-Strawberry—a favorite among couples and solo travelers for its quiet charm.
Tonto Apache Tribal Recognition Days
For More Information
Tonto Apache Reservation #30