Tonto National Forest officials announced Wednesday they are joining with other agencies 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 Veterans 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: Aug. 14 and 15, Sept. 25 and Nov. 11. During all other times, the Tonto Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde River locations.