Coronado National Forest to waive day-use fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Coronado National Forest to waive day-use fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Offices closed for the holiday January 20


TUCSON, AZ, January 14, 2020 - The U.S. Forest Service, including Coronado National Forest will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites on January 20, 2020, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which honors the vision and legacy of the prominent civil rights leader. 


Coronado National Forest Offices will be closed Jan. 20 for the federal holiday, reopening January 21.  The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center will remain open for business.

The fee wavier program is offered in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees are waived generally for day-use areas such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads. Concessionaire-operated sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.


Recreationists are advised to plan their trips in advance, check weather forecasts and pack appropriate gear for expected weather conditions.


Fire safety on the Forest is emphasized year-round, a key message being “Never leave a campfire unattended for any reason, for any length of time.  Always make sure a campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.”  One gust of wind can lift embers from a seemingly dead campfire to nearby plant material and ignite a wildfire in a matter of seconds.


Cleanliness is encouraged to preserve aesthetic beauty and to avoid attracting wildlife and potential conflicts which could result in unwanted wildlife interactions.  Bear-proof food and trash bins should be used when available. Maintain a clean picnic area or campsite.  Use bear-proof food and trash containers where provided, such as locking food boxes provided in developed campgrounds.  Otherwise lock all food and trash out of sight and smell range of bears.  Don’t take clothing used while cooking into tents, or other items with strong fragrances such as toothpaste or lotions.  If approached by a bear, back away to maintain a safe distance.


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

  • Coronado National Forest website:
  • Coronado National Forest Facebook site:
  • Douglas Ranger District (Chiricahua Mountains, Dragoon Mountains) - (520) 364-3468.
  • Nogales Ranger District (Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon; Atascosa Mountains; Tumacacori Mountains) - (520) 281-2296.
  • Safford Ranger District (Mt. Graham) - (928) 428-4150.
  • Santa Catalina Ranger District (Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon) - (520) 749-8700.
  • Sierra Vista Ranger District (Huachuca Mountains, Miller Peak Wilderness) - (520) 378-0311.