11,000 Years on Tonto National Forest
: Tonto National Forest occupies an area of 2.9 million acres in central Arizona. Headquartered in Phoenix, it is adminstered through six ranger district office: Cave Creek Ranger District in Carefree, Globe Ranger District, Mesa Ranger District, Payson Ranger District, Pleasant Valley Ranger District in Young, and Tonto Basin Ranger District in Roosevelt. Established in 1905 to protect the Salt and Verde river watersheds, Tonto National Forest today is one of the most diverse and heavily used recreation resources in the nation.
This brochur is part of a continuing effort by the Tonto National Forest archaeological staff to provide public and professional access to the cultural resouorce of the forest. It is our attempt to briefly describe the history of this resource and the problems which confront it. As such, it is a summary of Tonto archaeology and history as we currently understand it.