Recreation Passes and Fees

Passes are available at Tonto National Forest Offices.

Boat Launches

Daily Pass with Watercraft pass OR one of the Discovery Passes
Recreation Site Location
Jojoba Lower Verde
Yellow Cliffs Lower Verde
Laguna Boating Canyon Lake
Palo Verde Boating Canyon Lake
Saguaro Del Norte Boating Saguaro Lake
Burnt Corral Boating Apache Lake
Cholla Boating Roosevelt Lake
Grapevine Boating Roosevelt Lake
Schoolhouse Boating Roosevelt Lake
Windy Hill Boating Roosevelt Lake

Picnic Sites

Daily Pass or Discovery Pass or Interagency Pass
Recreation Site Location
Needle Rock Cave Creek
Rattlesnake Cave Creek
Yellow Cliffs Cave Creek
Acacia Picnic Mesa
Blue Point Mesa
Boulder Picnic Mesa
Butcher Jones Picnic Mesa
Coon Bluff Mesa
Goldfield Mesa
Granite Reef Mesa
Laguna Mesa
Palo Verde Mesa
Pebble Beach Mesa
Phon D. Sutton Mesa
Saguaro Del Norte Picnic Mesa
Sheep Crossing Mesa
Water Users Mesa
1st, 2nd, 3rd Crossing & Waterwheel Payson
Christopher Creek Day Use Area Payson
Burnt Corral Picnic (area is unavailable) Tonto Basin


Daily Pass OR Discovery Pass
Recreation site Location
Crabtree Wash Apache Lake
Davis Wash Apache Lake
Lower Burnt Corral Apache Lake
Three-Mile Wash Apache Lake
Upper Burnt Corral Apache Lake
SB Cove (area is unavailable) Bartlett Lake
Bartlett Flat Bartlett Lake
Box Bar Lower Verde River
Bachelors Cove Roosevelt Lake
Bermuda Flat Roosevelt Lake
Cholla Bay Roosevelt Lake
Grapevine Bay Roosevelt Lake


The Tonto National Forest has Automated Fee Machines for your convenience at designated recreation sites. The following campgrounds require camping passes to be bought at these fee machines. Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders receive 50% discount (persons over 62 or have a permanent disability) for single camp units only. The Tonto Daily Pass, Discovery Passes, and Interagency Annual Passes are no longer accepted as a “camping” pass for these sites. Campsite fees must be purchased/paid at the designated fee machines.

District Campground Fee Machine Site Location Price
per site / per night

Senior Discount Fee
for single sites

Cave Creek: CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $16 $8
  Horseshoe Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $16 $8
  Mesquite Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $16 $8
  Riverside Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $16 $8
Globe: Timber Camp Timber Camp Campground $16 $8
Mesa: Tortilla Campground Tortilla Campground $20 $10
Payson: Christopher Creek Campground Christopher Creek Campground $24 $12
  Houston Mesa Campground Houston Mesa Campground $29 standard; $22 equestrian $14.50 standard; $11 equestrian
  Lower Tonto Creek Campground No fee machine, Scan & Pay available $20 $10
  Ponderosa Campground Ponderosa Campground $22 $11
  Sharp Creek Campground Sharp Creek Campground $29 $14.50
  Upper Tonto Creek Campground No fee machine, Scan & Pay available $20; $38 for double $10
Tonto Basin: Burnt Corral Campground Burnt Corral Campground $20; $40 for double $10
  Cholla Campground Cholla Campground $25; $50 for double $12.50
  Frazier Horse Camp Windy Hill Campground $16 $8
  Schoolhouse Campground Schoolhouse Campground $20; $40 for double $10
  Windy Hill Campground Windy Hill Campground $25; $50 for double $12.50

Fee Information

Site(s) Fee Type Fees
All boat launches, pinic sites, and shoreline access areas where daily and overnight use fees are currently charged. Day-use (24 hours from time of validation) $8.00 per vehicle plus
$4.00 per watercraft
Many sites listed above except developed campgrounds (see campground table above). Discovery Pass $80.00 or $60.00 (for Seniors) per year
Lower Salt River:  Coon Bluff Overnight at 2 sites only (Oct 1 - Mar 31) $8.00 per vehicle
Larry Forbis Group Site Group-Use
Day -Use Site
$60.00 per unit, per day, plus a $10.00 non-refundable deposit.
Call the Mesa Ranger District for Reservations 
(480) 610-3300.
Group Campgrounds forest-wide:  Group-Use Fees vary by site  Visit to make reservations and pay fees.