Tonto National Forest Closes Developed Recreation Sites Forestwide

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The Tonto National Forest will begin the orderly closure of the following developed recreation sites as early as Monday, March 23, to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

The developed recreation site closures will remain in effect until further notice. The Forest Service thanks all visitors and partners for their cooperation. Please report any instances of vandalism to facilities to the local ranger district office.

Cave Creek Ranger District

  • Riverside Campground
  • Rattlesnake Cove
  • Yellow Cliffs
  • SB Cove
  • Bartlett Flats
  • Mesquite Campground
  • Horseshoe Campground
  • Catfish Point
  • CCC Campground
  • Needle Rock
  • Box Bar
  • Sears Kay
  • Bronco Trailhead
  • Trailhead 4
  • Cave Creek Group Campground

Globe Ranger District

  • Timber Camp Picnic
  • Timber Camp Recreation Area and Group Campgrounds
  • Timber Camp Equestrian
  • Kellner Group Site
  • Jones Water
  • Pioneer Pass
  • Sulfide del Ray
  • Upper Pinal Campground
  • Lower Pinal Campground
  • Ice House Day Use
  • Picket Post Trailhead

Mesa Ranger District

  • Palo Verde
  • Laguna
  • Tortilla Campground
  • Boulder
  • Acacia
  • Firstwater Trailhead
  • Peralta Trailhead
  • Granite Reef
  • Coons Bluff
  • Phon D. Sutton
  • Goldfield
  • Sheeps Crossing
  • Blue Point
  • Pebble Beach
  • Water Users
  • Saguaro Del Norte
  • Butcher Jones
  • Pobrecito
  • Larry Forbis Group Site

Payson Ranger District

  • Lower Tonto Creek Campground
  • Ponderosa Campground / Group Sites
  • Sharp Creek Campground / Group Sites
  • Upper Tonto Creek Campground
  • Water Wheel Day Use
  • First Crossing Day Use
  • Second Crossing Day Use
  • Houston Mesa Campground / Equestrian
  • Sites
  • Christopher Creek Campground / Group
  • Site
  • Third Crossing Day Use
  • East Verde Day Use

Pleasant Valley Ranger District

  • Airplane Flat Dispersed Camping Area
  • Colcord Ridge Dispersed Camping Area
  • Haigler Canyon Campground / Day Use
  • Reynolds Creek Group Campground
  • Valentine Ridge Campground
  • Upper Canyon Creek Dispersed
  • Camping Area

Tonto Basin Ranger District

  • Bachelor Cove Shoreline Area
  • Bermuda Flat Shoreline Area
  • Cholla Bay Day Shoreline Area
  • Frazier Group Site
  • Frazier Horse Camp
  • Lower Burnt Corral Shoreline Area
  • Three Mile Wash Shoreline Area
  • Upper Burnt Corral Shoreline Area
  • Vineyard Picnic Area
  • Cottonwood Picnic Area
  • Roosevelt Dam Overlook
  • Diversion Dam
  • H-Z Wash
  • Eucalyptus 1,2,3
  • Ead’s Wash
  • Rafter Take Out
  • Orange Peel Day Shoreline Area
  • Burnt Corral Campground. This excludes FR 183 to Burnt Corral boat ramp, Burnt Corral boat
  • ramp, and associated parking
  • Cholla Campground. This excludes access to the Cholla boat ramp, Cholla boat ramp, and
  • associated parking
  • Schoolhouse Campground. This excludes FR 477 to Schoolhouse boat ramp, Schoolhouse boat
  • ramp, and associated parking
  • Windy Hill Campground. This excludes FR 82 to Bobcat boat ramp, Bobcat boat ramp, and
  • associated parking
  • Grapevine Group Site. This excludes FR 84 to Grapevine boat ramp, Grapevine boat ramp, and
  • associated parking
  • Indian Point Campground. This excludes FR 661 to Indian Point boat ramp, Indian Point boat ramp, and associate parking.

The Tonto National Forest asks members of the public to recreate responsibly by avoiding high-risk activities, like rock climbing, that increase the chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19. In addition, visitors can help mitigate resource impacts while recreation sites are closed by bringing home their trash (pack it in, pack it out), and by appropriately managing human waste by burying it at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water, trails and recreation sites. Visit the Interactive Visitor Map for more information on available activities.

All Tonto National Forest offices are conducting business and providing services virtually. The Tonto National Forest will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance. Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Contact information for Tonto National Forest Headquarters and the ranger district offices is posted on our National Forest website