Tonto offices to close for holiday


Fire restrictions remain in effect

PHOENIX The Forest Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices located on the Tonto will be closed Monday, September 2, for the Labor Day holiday.

Due to minimal rainfall this summer, fire restrictions remain in effect on the Tonto.

Forest officials say they expect a large number of visitors to the Tonto’s campgrounds, picnic areas and recreation sites over the Labor Day weekend.

The following are tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Fireworks, Campfires, and Smoking

  • Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands
  • Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place
  • 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 attached list). The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed.
  • Restrictions also apply to 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 is prohibited, except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws
  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site.  Please deposit the remains in an ashtray or inside a building.  Do not toss or discard remains on the ground


  • Monsoons remain a possibility. With them come thunderstorms, which can be isolated in nature and materialize quickly.
  • Check weather forecasts when preparing for outings, and seek shelter in buildings or vehicles during storms (avoid sheltering under trees)
  • Visitors should avoid low-lying areas, washes and streams which can quickly become flooded without warning


  • Visitors should avoid contact with wildlife.
  • Use these “bear aware” principles.
  • Bears and other animals are attracted to human food and trash. Maintaining clean campsites is important.
  • Report bear sightings immediately to the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (623) 236-7201 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Store food out of sight and smell of bears.
  • Use metal storage boxes for food and garbage in recreation sites.
  • Cookware and dishes should be washed in designated areas away from camping sites and stored promptly after meals.
  • Odorous products such as toothpaste or lotions and clothing with food or cooking odors should not be taken into sleeping areas.
  • Do not feed any wildlife — “Keep wildlife wild.”

Know Before You Go: Ranger District and Recreation Area Information

Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300
Globe Ranger District, (928) 402-6200
Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300
Payson Ranger District, (928) 474-7900
Pleasant Valley Ranger District, (928) 462-4300
Tonto Basin Ranger District, (602) 225-5395

For more information about the Tonto National Forest and its district offices, visit

List of recreation sites where campfires are allowed in metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service:

Cave Creek Ranger District

Bartlett Lake Recreation Area

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

Lower Verde Recreation Area

  • Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area

Globe Ranger District

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

Mesa Ranger District

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

Payson Ranger District

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

Tonto Basin Ranger District

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