The purpose of this order is for the protection of forest visitors, employees, cooperators and contractors while maintenance and vegetation rehabilitation work is being performed on the power lines adjacent to the trails where there is significant risk of serious bodily harm during these procedures.
Cave Creek Ranger District Office is closed temporarily due to the recent storm damage. Visitors needing Forest information can contact either the Mesa Ranger District or Tonto National Forest offices. Visitors wishing to purchase Tonto Passes can obtain them through local vendors.
The purpose of this order is the protection of National Forest visitors, employees and contractors, the prevention of user conflicts, the conservation of natural resources, and the protection of property belonging to the United States.
Camping prohibited for protection of Chiricahua Leopard Frog critical habitat
Camping will be prohibited within 200 ft. of the East Verde River in the Washington Park area beginning April 11, 2014.
The prohibited camping area includes Forest Road (FR) 32A (Washington Park Rd.) and the dispersed camp sites located off the road for a distance of one mile from the start of FR 32A proceeding north to the Washington Park trailhead (end of road) then extending 200 ft. from the river’s edge. This closure is only applicable to overnight camping within the 200 ft. corridor.
To provide protection from disturbance caused by human activity in a high-intensity recreation area, for Bald Eagle nesting, incubation, nestlings, and fledglings during the critical reproductive period.
Prohibitions: Going into or being upon the restricted area between the dates of December 1 and June 30 of each year that this order is in effect. 36 CFR 261.53(a)
Prohibitions contained in this Order become effective March 12, 2014 and will remain in effect until March 31, 2017, unless terminated sooner. If by March 31 of any year, the breeding pair is not occupying the breeding area (BA) or the specific nest this closure protects, or the pair in an occupied BA does not lay eggs in a nest within the closure, then the closure may be terminated by the Forest Supervisor and the area opened to the public.