Tonto Forest Will Waive Fees

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Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering a fee-free day Saturday, Sept. 28 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

“Your national forests and grasslands are a bargain any day of the year, but even more so on fee-free days,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “Whether you stay for a few hours or a few days, your public lands are some of the best travel bargains in the nation.”

Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. This includes opportunities such as camping and picnicking.

The Forest Service will waive day-use and site fees, but not camping and campground fees.

During the rest of the year, a Tonto Pass works at more than 50 recreation sites including Salt and Verde river locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas, day-use areas, and campgrounds.

The next fee-free day in the Tonto Forest falls on Veterans Day weekend Nov. 9-11.

A list of Tonto Pass vendor locations is available at the Tonto National Forest Web site, www.fs.usda.gov/tonto, or call the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200.

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