Tonto National Forest honors veterans with fee free days November 10-11

PHOENIX, Nov. 5, 2018 — For Immediate Release.  The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at several day-use recreation sites November 10-11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth says, “It is our honor to thank all who have served in the military. We hope these fee-free days allow people to enjoy the nearly 3 million acres of Tonto National Forest’s land held in trust for their enjoyment and use.”

The fee-free program is held in conjunction with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Act.  It involves waiving fees at day-use sites, including picnic grounds, shorelines, and boat launches operated by the Tonto National Forest.  Fees charged by concessionaires at facilities they operate, as well as fees for overnight camping at Forest Service developed campgrounds will not be waived.

A Tonto Pass is usually required at the above sites, and can be purchased at over 200 vendor locations or local Forest Service offices.  Tonto Daily Pass vendor locations are available at the Tonto National Forest website, and can also be purchased at fee machines located across the Forest.  For information regarding passes, call the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200 during business hours.

The Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices will close on Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Offices will resume regular business hours Nov. 13.

Tonto National Forest Recreation Sites participating in fee-free days:

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

For localized information, contact one of the following Ranger District offices during regular business hours:

  • Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300
  • Globe Ranger District, (928) 402-6200
  • Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300
  • Payson Ranger District and Pleasant Valley Ranger District, (928) 474-7900
  • Tonto Basin Ranger District, (602) 225-5395

Recreational info can be found on the Tonto National Forest website at