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Tonto Basin – Roosevelt

Roosevelt Lake in central Arizona with saguaro cacti

Tonto Basin is located in the Valley of Tonto Creek, within the unincorporated community of Punkin Center.  As portrayed by the Zane Grey novel Tonto Basin and the 1941 film Tonto Basin Outlaws, the community was built on a feud between two cowboy families that escalated into the Pleasant Valley War, also known as the Tonto Basin War or Feud.  The region is now a peaceful and charming town that embodies the southwestern experience through its history and culture.  The neighborhood is tight-knit and supportive, providing locals several churches, a library, and non-profit foundations to join and get involved.  Local businesses find support from the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce who works to create a strong economy while promoting the community’s best interest.  Members make connections through networking opportunities, share ideas to create a strong economy, and represent business interests of the community to government.  One of the greatest benefits of living or working in Tonto Basin is its proximity to the Tonto National Forest, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, and all the outdoor recreation opportunities residents and tourists enjoy year-round.


Globe-Miami is only 49 miles southeast of Tonto Basin and Payson is 30 miles north of Tonto Basin, and accessed via Arizona State Route 188.  This gives residents and businesses the convenience of access to two airports, the San Carlos Apache near Globe and Payson Municipal Airport.  There is also easy access to U.S. Route 60 and State Highway 87, making travel to any part of Arizona and its surrounding states a manageable and pleasant commute.   The 265-mile stretch of railroad traveling between Globe-Miami and Clifton, provides easy access to channels to distribute or purchase building materials, lumber, or other industrial commodities,

Outdoor Recreation

Tonto Basin is the perfect spot to enjoy all the Tonto National forest offers.  Enjoy a steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake, rent your own pontoon, or enjoy a picnic on the water front.  Lost Dutchman State Park is under an hour away from Tonto Basin and provides amazing scenery, mountains, and several hiking trails for those seeking adventure.  Less than 20 miles from Tonto Basin, Roosevelt Lake is less than 20 miles from Tonto Basin, and is a blue jewel in the desert and was once the world’s largest man-made lake.  The lake is a favorite for largemouth bass anglers, jet skiing, hiking, boating, and swimming and features several marinas, camp sites, and a general store.  While driving around Roosevelt Lake, be sure to drive over the steel arch bridge, built in 1990, to appreciate its design and aesthetics.