Passes & Permits

Tonto Discovery Passes and select America the Beautiful Passes are being sold over the phone from our Ranger Station offices. The passes are shipped to purchasers at no additional cost. Selected America the Beautiful passes can be purchased over the phone by calling 1 (800) 275-8747, ext. 1 or online at the USGS Store.

Mountains at the Tonto National Forest

Christmas Tree Permits will be available for purchase starting Nov. 16, for the 2020 holiday season. Find out how to get your very own Christmas tree from the Tonto National Forest to brighten up your holidays.

Salt river floater

Recreation Passes & Permits includes information about the passes that are required in some parts of the Tonto National Forest. Whether you’re going on a one-day fishing trip, or a week-long stay at one of our campsites, all Tonto passes and prices are listed. Steps on how to receive recreation permits for things like Salt River Rafting are also provided on this page. Passes are necessary for most of our recreation sites. Please check to see if you need a pass and make sure you have your pass before you leave for the forest.

desert road with saguaro cacti lining it

Forest Products Permits includes Tonto’s permits to gather firewood, live plants, Christmas trees, general trees, and any naturally occurring object on the forest.

launching boat

Event/Commercial Permits has the process in which individuals must go through in order to obtain permits for Outfitting Guides, Recreation events, Non-commercial Group Use events, Filming and Photography, Research Activities, Fishing Tournaments, Training, and Tribal Traditional / Cultural Ceremonies.

Coiled rattlesnake

Other Permits: Occasionally there will be special permits available for the Tonto National Forest. All annually available permits will be listed in the appropriate sections above.