Tonto National Forest officials announced Wednesday that they are joining with other agencies included under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and will host two, no fee weekends. These days are in addition to the already scheduled no-fee days on National Public Lands Day and Veteran’s Day.
The first no fee weekend, June 5 and 6, will be in honor of National Trails Day, the American Hiking Society’s awareness program encouraging trail enthusiasts and volunteers to explore America’s extensive trail network.
“There are nearly 900 miles of trails on the Tonto National Forest and during this celebration, fees for day-use sites operated by the Forest Service are waived,” said Delvin Lopez, Public Service Group leader. “This year’s trail theme is ‘Find Your Happy Place’ so come out and visit the Tonto National Forest.”
Three additional no-fee events are scheduled in 2010: August 14 and 15, September 25 and November 11.
During all other times, the Tonto Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde River locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas, and campgrounds.
A list of Tonto Pass vendor locations is available at the Tonto National Forest Web site, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto , or call the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200.