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Along with the Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix, which remains temporarily closed due to building renovations, all Tonto National Forest Ranger District offices will close on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Ranger District offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5.

The following information will help visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on the Tonto National Forest year-round.

Forest service officials implemented fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest on June 15, 2019. Fire restrictions remain in place and the following activities are prohibited:

  • Target shooting
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order and meeting either USDA or SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standards.
  • Discharging a firearm, except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site. Officials request that smokers deposit the remains in an ashtray or inside a building and not toss or discard the remains on the ground.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited outside of metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in developed recreation sites (*see list below). The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions on the Tonto National Forest, contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

*Campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in the following developed recreation sites.

Cave Creek Ranger District

Bartlett Lake Recreation Area

  • Bartlett Lake Marina
  • CCC Campground
  • Rattlesnake Cove
  • SB Cove parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals grills
  • Seven Springs Recreation Area
  • Springs Group Site
  • Yellow Cliff parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals grills

Lower Verde Recreation Area

  • Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area

Globe Ranger District

  • Icehouse CCC Picnic Site
  • Jones Water Campground
  • Kellner Group Recreation Site
  • Oak Flat Campground
  • Pinal Campground
  • Pioneer Pass Campground
  • Sulphide Del Rey Campground
  • Timber Camp Campground – Brundrett #1 and Brundrett #2
  • Timber Camp Equestrian Group Site
  • Upper Pinal Campground

Mesa Ranger District

  • Acacia
  • Blue Point
  • Boulder
  • Butcher Jones
  • Canyon Lake Marina
  • Coons Bluff
  • Granite Reef
  • Laguna
  • Larry Forbis Group Site
  • Palo Verde
  • Pebble Beach
  • Phon D Sutton
  • Saguaro Del Norte
  • Saguaro Lake Marina
  • Sheep’s Crossing
  • Water Users

Payson Ranger District

  • Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site
  • Houston Mesa Campground
  • Houston Mesa Horse Camp
  • Lower Tonto Creek Campground
  • Ponderosa Campground and Group Sites
  • Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites
  • Upper Tonto Creek Campground

Tonto Basin Ranger District

  • Apache Lake Marina
  • Burnt Corral Campground
  • Cholla Campground
  • Cottonwood Picnic Site
  • Frazier Campground
  • Frazier Group Site
  • Grapevine Campground
  • Roosevelt Lake Marina RV Campground
  • Schoolhouse Campground
  • Vineyard Picnic Site
  • Windy Hill Campground

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