Recreation Passes and Fees

Passes are available at Tonto National Forest Offices.

Boat Launches

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 (area is unavailable) Roosevelt Lake
Grapevine Boating Roosevelt Lake
Schoolhouse Boating Roosevelt Lake
Windy Hill Boating Roosevelt Lake


Daily Pass with Watercraft pass OR one of the Discovery Passes



Picnic Sites

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
Burnt Corral Picnic (area is unavailable) Tonto Basin


Daily Pass or Discovery Pass or Interagency Pass




Recreation site Location
Crabtree Wash Apache Lake
Davis Wash Apache Lake
Lower Burnt Corral (area is unavailable) Apache Lake
Three-Mile Wash Apache Lake
Upper Burnt Corral Apache Lake
SB Cove 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


Daily Pass OR Discovery Pass




District Campground Fee Machine Site Location Price: Half price for Senior & Access Interagency Pass Holders
Cave Creek: CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $10/site/night
  Horseshoe Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $10/site/night
  Mesquite Campgound Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $10/site/night
  Riverside Campground Cave Creek District Office at entrance gate and Bartlett Vista $10/site/night
Globe: Timber Camp Timber Camp Campground $10/site/night
Mesa: Tortilla Campground Burnt Corral Campground $12/site/night
Tonto Basin: Burnt Corral Campgound Tortilla Campground $12/site/night, $24/site/night for double
  Cholla Campgound Cholla Campground $20/site/night, $40/site/night for double
  Frazier Horse Camp Windy Hill Campground $10/site/night, $20/site/night for double
  Schoolhouse Campgound Schoolhouse Campground $12/site/night, $24/site/night for double
  Windy Hill Campgound Windy Hill Campground $20/site/night, $40/site/night for double



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 per vehicle plus
$4 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 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 Sites forest-wide (not operated by a concessionaire):   Cave Creek, Frazier, Grapevine, Kellner, Reynolds Creek, Timber Camp Group-Use Fees vary by site  Visit to make reservations and pay fees.
Concessionaire operated sites:
Houston Mesa Recreation Site, Ponderosa Campground, Upper Tonto Creek Campground, Sharp Creek Recreation Site, Christopher Creek
Various fees charged by concessionaires Varies by site
Tonto Pass not valid