In 1996, the Tonto National Forest began charging use fees at many of the forest's water based recreation areas under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Act. The program continued under the Recreation Enhancement Act passed in 2004.
Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Report - 2008 (pdf)
The Tonto Pass is a daily (24-hour) recreation pass for visitors to more than 50 recreation sites where a daily-use fee is required on the Tonto National Forest. The Pass will be displayed on visitor’s vehicle rear-view mirror. The passes sell for $6.00 per vehicle plus a watercraft use fee of $4.00 per watercraft.
Tonto passes are available at a variety of retail outlets and at Forest Service offices. They can also be purchased online and by mail. Find a list of retail vendors and Forest Service offices, or download a mail-in order form on the Where Do I Buy Recreation Passes section of the website.
Tonto Passes are NOT sold at the recreation sites, they must be purchased at a retail location or online prior to your visit.
Whether you are just spending a day out at the lake, or you visit the forest every weekend, - there is a pass just for you.
Here are some of our more frequently-asked questions (FAQs).