Tonto National Forest Waives Day-Use Fees in Commemoration of Veterans Day

Contact(s): Susan Blake

PHOENIX, Nov. 6, 2020 – The Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office and all Ranger District offices will close on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Offices will resume regular business hours Thursday, Nov. 12. Day-use fees at several recreation areas will be waived in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

"We urge the public to take this opportunity to experience what the Tonto has to offer," said Acting Forest Supervisor Tom Torres. "There's a variety of recreational opportunities just a short drive from most urban areas surrounding the forest. Being outdoors relieves stress and promotes wellness."

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 normally required at day-use 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.

Know before you go! While most recreation areas are open on the forest, some maybe closed due to significant wildfire activity. For closure information visit our Alerts and Notices page or call the following district ranger stations for more information: Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595-3300; Globe Ranger District (928) 402-6200; Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300; Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900; and Tonto Basin Ranger District (602) 225-5395.

Forest officials remind the public the Tonto National Forest is still under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The fire restrictions can be viewed on our Alerts and Notices page. Campfire safety and prevention is always a priority. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure it is dead out before leaving the area.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are currently in effect across the Tonto National Forest. Visit our website for additional information. In addition, the public is encouraged to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adhere to local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.