The Tonto National Forest says that forest recreation passes, as well as the national Interagency pass, can now be bought via the forest internet site. This includes the half-price Tonto day passes for holders of the national Senior and Access passes.
Until recently, forest visitors could buy passes at administrative offices, at more than 200 retail outlets throughout Arizona, and by mail.
Program coordinator Dave Killebrew says, "Our customers gave us feedback about wanting even more convenient ways to
purchase the various recreation passes -- and we listened. We're delighted that barely into the second year of the new Tonto Pass program we are able to provide them this increased convenience. Probably the only two passes they can't acquire by internet are the national Senior and Access passes, which still have to be purchased through a forest administrative office because documentation is required to buy these passes."
Another increased convenience for visitors are the half-priced Tonto passes for eligible seniors and disabled customers which are now available at several retail outlets throughout Arizona, in addition to the Internet site and at administrative offices.
Daily passes are required at more than 50 recreation sites on the Tonto National Forest, including sites on the Salt and Verde rivers and on the chain of lakes north and east of Phoenix. Included are day-use sites such as boat launch ramps, swimming sites, and overnight sites such as campgrounds.
For more information about the Tonto Pass program or to make pass purchases online, go to the Tonto National Forest website, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto or call 602-225-5200.