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Tonto to waive day-use fees for upcoming National Get Outdoors Day

Forest Service News Release

Public Affairs Contact: John Scaggs

(602) 702-0597



Tonto to waive day-use fees for upcoming National Get Outdoors Day

PHOENIX, June 10, 2021 – Visitors to the Tonto National Forest (Tonto) will be able to enjoy many day-use recreation sites – such as picnic grounds, shorelines, and boat launches operated by the Tonto – without having to purchase a pass on June 12 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

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 normally is required at day-use sites and can be purchased at over 200 vendor locations, through automated fee machines installed conveniently near recreation sites, and at local Forest Service offices. Recreation passes and permits information along with vendor locations are available on the Tonto website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/tonto/passes-permits/recreation.

Recreational information is available on the Tonto website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/tonto/recreation, or by calling the following district ranger stations: Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595-3300; Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300; Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900; and Tonto Basin Ranger District (602) 225-5395.

The Globe Ranger District office along with the Tonto Supervisors Office are temporarily closed.

Visitors are reminded that the Tonto will be in Stage 2 fire restrictions beginning June 11 at 8 a.m. Target shooting restrictions also remain in effect on the Tonto. Under these restrictions, discharging a firearm air, rifle, or gas gun, except for persons engaged in legal hunting activities, is prohibited on the Tonto. Fireworks and the use of exploding targets always are prohibited year-round on national forests.


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