USDA Forest Service

The nature and purposes of a national scenic trail defines the ideal trail setting and the context for what types of uses and activities are appropriate for the trail and its corridor. The nature and purposes are critical to the proper protection and management of national scenic trails and can be derived, in part, from Sec. 3(2) of the National Trails System Act.

The Arizona National Scenic Trail (Arizona Trail) stretches over 800 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico to Utah, connecting deserts, mountains, canyons, wilderness, history, communities and people.

The Assessment Report presents and evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability and their relationship to the 1985 Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, within the context of the broader landscape.

The management direction in this plan is designed to protect the values for which the area was designated, and to guide limited uses compatible with the area’s primary purpose.

This errata sheet documents corrections to the text of the published EA, and should be reviewed along with the final EA. These corrections reflect instruction provided by the Objection Reviewing Officer in letters in December 2017.

The Forest Service, an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is proposing to amend the 1985 Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan with a management plan for the approximately 839-acre Apache Leap Special Management Area established by Congress in December 2014 through the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

On November 9, 2005, the Forest Service published travel management regulations governing off-highway vehicles and other motor vehicles on national forests and grasslands.

The Tonto National Forest proposes changes to motorized use on roads, trails, and areas to meet requirements of Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, and in the Travel Management Rule regulations (36 CFR 212, Subpart B).

The master report is a compilation of the most useful NVUM reports (selected by the NVUM Program Manager) accompanied by forest- or region-specific analysis and background information.

This Allotment Management Plan implements direction established in the October 1985 Tonto National Forest Plan and 2010 Decision and April 29, 2011 appeal resolution of Millsite Allotment. This Allotment Management Plan is made part of your Term Grazing Permit in accordance of that permit.


Comments from each of the six public hearings are available for viewing. Note that the public comment period is now closed.

Public Hearing Comments

Draft EIS

The draft EIS public comment period closed November 7, 2019. All 30,000+ comment submittals are now under review for consideration in the compilation of the final EIS.

Media & General Info

Point of Contact
John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website