If you’re thinking of exploring any of the nearly 3 million acres of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, it may pay to get a Tonto Pass.
While a Tonto Pass is not required throughout the entire Tonto National Forest, the fine is $100 if you don’t have a valid pass in the required areas.
Considering the pass costs less than $10 a day, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re planning a visit to any of these popular Arizona spots, you definitely need a Tonto Pass:
- Bartlett Lake
- Horseshoe Lake
- Needle Rock
- Seven Springs
- Canyon Lake
- Lower Salt River
- Saguaro Lake
- Apache Lake
- Roosevelt Lake
- Timber Camp
- Haigler Canyon
In addition, you’ll need one to enter any public area displaying the Tonto Pass required signage.
You can purchase a Tonto Pass at hundreds of convenience stores, sporting goods stores and other retailers in and around the towns near the Tonto National Forest. Each pass is good for 24 hours from the time you validate it by scratching off the date and time of use.
Possession of a Tonto Pass does not guarantee access to sites, nor does it reserve a site. It’s also not valid at group reservation shelters.
For additional details about the Tonto National Forest or Tonto Pass, visit the US Forest Service website.