Coronado National Forest waives day-use fees in honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11

Coronado National Forest offices closed Nov. 11

Tucson, AZ, November 7, 2019 - Coronado National Forest will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites on Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Coronado National Forest offices will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of the federal holiday. The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center will remain open. Normal business hours for the offices will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The nationwide fee waiver event is offered in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act  to commemorate holidays and encourage Americans to visit their public lands. Fees are waived generally for day-use areas such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads. The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged at concession-operated facilities.

Veterans Day will be the last fee-free day for 2019. The next fee-free day will be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used free of charge.

Visitors to the Coronado are reminded that summer rains have been scarce, and conditions are very dry. Wildfires can be easily ignited and may spread quickly. Use care not to create a spark that could ignite a wildfire. Avoid building campfires on windy days. When building a campfire, select a site with no flammable material around or above it. Ensure wood to be burned fits easily within the fire ring or grill. Bring plenty of water specifically for extinguishing the fire and never leave it for any reason, for any amount of time. Drown, stir and repeat until it is cold to the touch before leaving it. In a scant second an ember can be lifted from a fire or bed of coals, land on dry leaves, pine needles or grasses and ignite a wildfire.

Recreationists are encouraged to check weather forecasts before venturing out, plan appropriately with adequate food, water, and clothing, and to let someone know of the itinerary and expected return date and time.

Picnickers and campers are advised to prevent wildlife encounters by maintaining clean campsites with all food and trash stowed securely where animals can’t see or smell it. Cooking utensils and dishes should be cleaned and stowed. Odorous items including lotions, toothpaste and clothing used for cooking should not be taken into tents. Pets should be leashed at all times. “Keep Wildlife Wild.”

For Coronado National Forest ranger district and recreation area information: Know before you go -

  1. Coronado National Forest website:

  2. Coronado National Forest Facebook site:

  3. Douglas Ranger District (Chiricahua Mountains, Dragoon Mountains) - (520) 364-3468.

  4. Nogales Ranger District (Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon; Atascosa Mountains; Tumacacori Mountains) - (520) 281-2296.

  5. Safford Ranger District (Mt. Graham) - (928) 428-4150.

  6. Santa Catalina Ranger District (Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon) - (520) 749-8700.

  7. Sierra Vista Ranger District (Huachuca Mountains, Miller Peak Wilderness) - (520) 378-0311.