What you need to know.LAKE OVERVIEW
60 miles from Downtown Phoenix. Narrow, cliff-side dirt roads.
Street parking and small parking lots scattered along the shoreline.
As part of the Tonto National Forest, you must get a pass ($8) in advance.
Difficulty of access via dirt roads tends to curb over-crowding.
Open year round. But must purchase pass from a Tonto Pass retailer.
Views, views, views.
Waterskiing, jetskiing, sailing, and everything in-between.
Take your choice from shoreline campgrounds, or secluded desert ones.
For Nature Lovers
Just off the Apache Trail, Canyon Lakes has incredible views and history.