Tonto National Forest Waives Day-Use Fees for President’s Day Offices Closed on Monday, February 19, 2018

Release Date: Feb 13, 2018  

PHOENIX, February 13, 2018 – The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at day-use sites on President’s Day, Monday, February 19, 2018.  Tonto National Forest offices will be closed on President’s Day, but will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

The remaining fee-free days in 2018 are:

  • June 9             National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 22          National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 10-11      Veterans Day
  • Nov. 23           Opt Outside Day

The fee-free program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the forest for these listed dates.  Camping and campground fees are not waived.  Concessionaire-operated sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

In January, fees will be waived at the following recreation sites on the Tonto National Forest:

  • Apache Lake - Burnt Corral Boating
  • Apache Lake - Crabtree Wash
  • Apache Lake - Davis Wash
  • Apache Lake - Lower Burnt Corral
  • Apache Lake - Three Mile Wash
  • Bartlett Lake - Rattlesnake
  • Bartlett Lake - Jojoba
  • Bartlett Lake - Yellow Cliffs
  • Bartlett Lake - Bartlett Flat
  • Bartlett Lake - SB Cove
  • Canyon Lake - Acacia
  • Canyon Lake - Boulder
  • Canyon Lake - Palo Verde
  • Canyon Lake - Laguna Boating
  • Canyon Lake - Palo Verde Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Cholla Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Grapevine Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Schoolhouse Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Windy Hill Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Grapevine Bay
  • Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Del Norte Boating
  • Saguaro Lake - Butcher Jones
  • Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Del Norte
  • Salt River - Blue Point
  • Salt River - Coon Bluff
  • Salt River – Goldfield - closed
  • Salt River - Granite Reef - closed
  • Salt River – Pebble Beach
  • Salt River - Phon D. Sutton
  • Salt River - Water Users
  • Verde River - Box Bar
  • Verde River – Needle Rock

Forest officials hope these fee-free days allow people to enjoy their national forests.  The Tonto Pass is usually required at these sites, and can be purchased at over 200 vendor locations around the valley, at fee machines located across the Forest, through the Viply mobile app for select locations on the Cave Creek District, or at Tonto National Forest Offices.  Additional information can be found on the Recreation Passes & Permit section of the Tonto National Forest website, or by calling the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200 during business hours.

Fees are not 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 for free.

National forests and grasslands are working lands that provide a multitude of benefits to the American public, including contributing more than $30 billion annually to the American economy and supporting nearly 360,000 jobs.  Recreation alone accounts for more than $9 billion in annual visitor spending.