The Tonto National Forest is located in the center of Arizona.
Where is this Forest?


Recreation Passes & Permits

Passes are available at Tonto National Forest Offices.

Boat Launches

Recreation Site Location
Jojoba Lower Verde
Yellow Cliffs Lower Verde
Laguna Boating Canyon Lake
Palo Verde Boating Canyon Lake
Saguaro Del Norte Boating Saguaro Lake
Burnt Corral Boating Apache Lake
Cholla Boating Roosevelt Lake
Grapevine Boating Roosevelt Lake
Schoolhouse Boating Roosevelt Lake
Windy Hill Boating Roosevelt Lake


Daily Pass with Watercraft pass OR one of the Discovery Passes




Picnic Sites

Recreation Site Location
Needle Rock Cave Creek
Rattlesnake Cave Creek
Yellow Cliffs Cave Creek
Acacia Picnic Mesa
Blue Point Mesa
Boulder Picnic Mesa
Butcher Jones Picnic Mesa
Coon Bluff Mesa
Goldfield Mesa
Granite Reef Mesa
Laguna Mesa
Palo Verde Mesa
Pebble Beach Mesa
Phon D. Sutton Mesa
Saguaro Del Norte Picnic Mesa
Sheep Crossing Mesa
Water Users Mesa
Burnt Corral Picnic (area is unavailable) Tonto Basin


Daily Pass or Discovery Pass or Interagency Pass





Recreation site Location
Crabtree Wash Apache Lake
Davis Wash Apache Lake
Lower Burnt Corral (area is unavailable) Apache Lake
Three-Mile Wash Apache Lake
Upper Burnt Corral Apache Lake
SB Cove Bartlett Lake
Bartlett Flat Bartlett Lake
Box Bar Lower Verde River
Bachelors Cove Roosevelt Lake
Bermuda Flat Roosevelt Lake
Cholla Bay Roosevelt Lake
Grapevine Bay Roosevelt Lake


Daily Pass OR Discovery Pass




Fee Information

Site(s) Fee Type Fees
All developed sites and shoreline access areas where daily and overnight use fees are currently charged. Day-use (24 hours from time of validation) $8 per vehicle plus
$4 per watercraft
Many sites listed above except developed campgrounds (see below). Discovery Pass $80.00 or $60.00 (for Seniors) per year
Lower Salt River: Phon D Sutton, Coon Bluff Overnight at 2 sites only (Oct 15 - Apr 15) $8 per vehicle
Burnt Corral, Cholla, Windy Hill, Indian Point, Schoolhouse campgrounds Overnight $8 per vehicle plus
$4 per watercraft
Timber Camp Group Group-Use
Day-Use Site
Overnight-Single Family
(When site NOT reserved)
$75 1-50 people
$150 50+ people
Timber Camp Group Horse Group-Use
Overnight-Single Family
(When site NOT reserved)
$75 1-50 people
$150 50+ people
Group Sites forest-wide (not operated by a concessionaire) Group-Use Ranges from $8 Daily
Pass up to $105 per night
Concessionaire operated sites:
Houston Mesa Recreation Site, Ponderosa Campground, Upper Tonto Creek Campground, Sharp Creek Recreation Site, Christopher Creek
Various fees charged by concessionaires Varies by site
Tonto Pass not valid

Camping fees are in the process of being updated. Please check back frequently for updates.