Tonto Pass Options

Tonto Daily Pass - $6

Sold by private vendors and online.

Daily Passes are hangtags, designed to be self-validating. Visitors scratch off the date and time of their visit upon reaching their forest destination. This design allows Daily Passes to be conveniently obtained in advance of forest visits.

Passes expire 24 hours from time of validation.

 
 
Tonto Daily Pass
 

Water Craft Use Sticker - $4

One sticker must be permanently affixed to a Tonto Daily Pass for each motorized watercraft that the vehicle tows or otherwise carries to the lake. "Motorized watercraft' means any watercraft that is propelled by machinery whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion.

Water Craft Use Sticker
 

Tonto Daily Pass (National Senior and Access Pass Holders) - $3

Sold at Forest Service offices, by private vendors (pdf) and online.

Daily Passes are hangtags, designed to be self-validating. Visitors scratch off the date and time of their visit upon reaching their forest destination. This design allows Daily Passes to be conveniently obtained in advance of forest visits.

Passes expire 24 hours from time of validation. Purchaser must display a National Senior or Access Pass along with discounted Tonto Passes.

Tonto Daily Pass (National Senior and Access Pass Holders)
 

Watercraft Use Daily Sticker (National Senior and Access Pass Holders) - $2

One sticker must be permanently affixed to a Tonto Daily Pass for each motorized watercraft that the vehicle tows or otherwise carries to the lake. "Motorized Watercraft" is defined as any watercraft that is propelled by machinery, whether or not the machinery is the principle source of propulsion.

Watercraft Use Daily Sticker (National Senior and Access Pass Holders)
 

National interagency passes

National interagency passes alone can be used at many of our federal recreation parks, monuments and historic sites nationwide where entry fees are charged.

Interagency annual pass

Interagency annual pass-2011
 

$80


Senior lifetime interagency pass

Senior lifetime interagency pass
 

(Seniors 62 or older) - $10


Access lifetime interagency pass

Access lifetime interagency pass
 

(people with permanent disabilities) - Free


National interagency passes on the Tonto National Forest: not valid by itself in sites with expanded ammenities

The Tonto National Forest does not charge entry fees (unlike, for example, national parks).

In order to visit expanded ammenity recreation sites that require a daily-use fee on the Tonto National Forest, an annual Tonto upgrade to the interagency pass is required. These upgrades are in the form of a decal that must be permanently attached to the windshield of the vehicle. Examples of expanded ammenity recreation sites include Saguaro Del Norte and Palo Verde recreation sites. Standard ammenity recreation sites do not require an annual upgrade decal to be displayed with the National Interagency Pass. Standard ammenity recreation sites include most day-use sites on the Lower Salt River.

Tonto annual passes, e.g., a national interagency pass plus an annual Tonto upgrade decal, are not valid for overnight use at highly developed campgrounds such as Tortilla, Cholla, Windy Hill, Schoolhouse, and Burnt Corral campgrounds. Tonto daily passes are required at these sites.

The cost of the Tonto Annual Upgrade is $15, good for one year from the date of purchase. Expires last day of the month in the year card is punched. (For example: Purchase Oct. 1, 2009, expires October 31, 2010). This upgrade cannot be purchased without the National Interagency Pass.

Holders of the Senior and Access passes are entitled to a 50 percent reduction in all daily recreation-use fees on the Tonto.

Tonto Upgrade decals are available at Tonto offices and online.

Tonto Daily-use passes can be purchased at Tonto offices, online and from a variety of vendors in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and beyond (private vendors).

National interagency passes and Tonto upgrade decal

Annual pass and upgrade image

 
 

A national interagency pass with a Tonto upgrade decal ($15 annual cost) entitles the passholder to visit expanded ammenity recreation sites that require a daily-use fee within the Tonto National Forest. The decal must be permanently attached to the passholder’s vehicle windshield and is valid for one year from date of purchase.