Proposed Recreation Fees Information and Comment Page

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate, maintain, and improve these sites. These additional funds along with 95 percent of the revenue from recreation fees remains on the forests to operate, maintain, and improve facilities. The resources derived through collection of fees helps provide quality recreation opportunities that meet the modern expectations of visitors and creates a more financial sustainable developed recreation program for the benefit of future generations.

New Mexico Fee Proposals

The proposed changes will impact campgrounds and day use sites on the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. The proposed changes include new, increased, and decreased fees at recreation sites and also the adoption of the Enchantment Pass. These changes will help improve and maintain recreation facilities at National Forests in New Mexico. Recreation facilities’ maintenance and improvement has become increasingly expensive due to aging facilities, increased visitation and limited resources. The recreation fees charged at Forest Service managed sites contribute to the stewardship of special places. 

Current Status

The period for public comments ended on September 30, 2021. The New Mexico Five Forests Recreation Fee proposal are currently on table to present and review by Northern and Southern New Mexico Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). Under REA, all new fees and any fee changes must be proposed and approved by citizens advisory committee, New Mexico Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. The Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable new fees and fee changes.

The status of New Mexico Five Forests Recreation Fee Proposal will be updated here as soon as it become available. Please contact Southwestern Region Recreation Fee Coordinator Ryan Means, should you have questions about the REA process.

Arizona Fee Proposals

Coconino National Forest

Proposed changes to include new fees at five day use sites on Red Rock Ranger District (Dry Creek, Fay Canyon, Mescal, Bell, Lava River Cave, and Bruce Brockett) and one day use site on Flagstaff Ranger District (Lava River Cave). These day use sites would be added to the popular Red Rock Pass Fee Program and the interagency America the Beautiful passes will be honored at these sites. The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program. The comment period ended on August 31, 2022.

Coronado National Forest

The Coronado National Forest is proposing to charge new recreation fees at four developed recreation sites. These proposals would affect two recreations sites on the Safford Ranger District, and two new cabins undergoing renovation in the Sierra Vista Ranger District.

Safford Ranger District: Proposed changes to include new day use recreation fees at Lower Hospital Flat and Arcadia Campground recreation sites located along the swift Highway on Mount Graham. The Coronado National Forest Annual and Week Pass as well as the full suite of Interagency passes would be honored at the day use sites.

Sierra Vista Ranger District: the Historic Canelo Ranger Residence and Canelo Ranger Office Cabins are located between Sonoita and Parker Canyon Lake. Two cabins are being introduced into the popular Rooms with a View cabin rental program, joining eight other cabins on the Coronado National Forest. The buildings are part of a Depression-era administrative site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Southwestern Region’s thematic listing of Depression-Era USDA Forest Service Administrative Complexes in Arizona. The Forest Service is completing a historic rehabilitation project that will include some upgrades to make the interior more inviting to prospective renters.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program. the comment period ended on September 30, 2022.

Prescott National Forest

Proposed changes include new and increased fees at nine recreation sites on the forest. The Prescott National Forest Pass and the full suite of interagency passes will be honored at these new Forest Service day use sites.

Verde Ranger District: proposed changes to include new recreation fees at three recreation sites (Mingus Campground Vista B, Mingus Mountain Group Campground, and Summit day use) and two increased recreation fees at two sites (Mingus Mountain and Potato Patch Campground). The proposed changes also include bringing Mingus Mountain Cabin into the Rooms with a View cabin rental program.

Bradshaw Ranger District: proposed changes to include two increased fees at two sites (White Spar and Yavapai Campground) and bringing Palace Station Cabin into the Rooms with a View cabin rental program.

For more information please visit the Prescott National Forest website. The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program on the Prescott National Forest. The comment period ended on September 5, 2022.

Tonto National Forest

The Tonto National Forest is proposing recreation fees at four newly established Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) permit zones and one existing OHV permit zone within the Mesa and Cave Creek Ranger District. The proposed changes require fees at the existing Bulldog Canyon OHV permit zone, the Rolls, St. Clair, Desert Vista, and Lower Sycamore, all within Maricopa County.

OHV permits would be sold through Recreation.gov and administered by the Tonto National Forest. Proposed permit includes daily monthly, and yearly options. 

For more information please visit the Tonto National Forest website to learn more about the proposed recreation fees. The comment period has been extended to November 1, 2022.

Ways to Comment

Interactive Map: You can use the mapping tool to look up and comment on specific sites, or make a general comment on a fee proposal. You can also comment by email, mail, at an office, or by phone.

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Email

  1. Email SM.FS.R3FeeProComm@usda.gov with the Forest or site name in the subject line.
     
  2. Email the Forest primary point of contact (POC) listed in the National Forest contact information section.
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Mail

You can submit the written letter to the Regional Office or to a forest listed in the National Forest contact information section of this page.

Forest Service Southwestern Region Office
Attention: Ryan Means
333 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Comment Card or Verbal

Visit one of the National Forest offices listed in the forest contacts section during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.).

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Phone

Call the number listed under Forest Contact information section indicating you would like to provide comments on the proposed recreation fee changes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Forest Contacts

  • Carson National Forest

    Peter Rich
    Public Service Staff Officer
    575-758-6277
    peter.rich@usda.gov
    208 Cruz Alta Road
    Taos, NM 87571

  • Cibola National Forest

    Christa Osborn
    Public Service Staff Officer
    505-346-3871
    Christa.Osborn@usda.gov
    2113 Osuna Rd NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87113

  • Gila National Forest

    Kyle Grambley
    Recreation Program Manager
    575-388-8421
    Kyle.grambley@usda.gov
    3005 E. Camino del Bosque
    Silver City, NM 88061

  • Lincoln National Forest

    William Greene
    Recreation Program Manager
    575-434-7200
    William.greene@usda.gov
    3463 Las Palomas Rd.
    Alamogordo, NM 88310

  • Santa Fe National Forest

    Jeremy Golston
    Recreation Program Manager
    505-438-5378
    Jeremy.golston@usda.gov
    11 Forest Lane
    Santa Fe, NM 87508

  • Coconino National Forest

    Christopher Johansen
    Red Rock District
    Recreation Program Manager
    928-203-7529
    Christopher.johansen@usda.gov
    P.O. Box 20429
    Sedona, AZ 86341

  • Coronado National Forest

    Lauren Atkinson
    Assistant Recreation Staff Officer
    520-388-8427
    lauren.atkinson@usda.gov
    300 W. Congress St.
    Tucson, AZ 85701

  • Prescott National Forest

    Julie Rowe
    Recreation Program Manager
    928-777-2200
    Julie.Rowe@usda.gov
    735 N Hwy 89,
    Chino Valley, AZ 86323

  • Tonto National Forest

    Jason Scow
    Forest Recreation Staff Officer
    480-610-3330
    Jason.scow@usda.gov
    5140 E. Ingram St.
    Mesa, AZ 85205