FEBRUARY 27, 2013

Services resumed at some recreation sites on the Tonto National Forest Cave Creek Ranger District March 1

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SCOTTSDALE – Some developed recreational areas on the Cave Creek Ranger District will resume services Friday, March 1. 

These sites require a Tonto Pass:
•   Bartlett Lake Recreation Area: Riverside Campground, B Cove, Yellow Cliffs
•   Seven Springs Recreation Area: Cave Creek Group Site

The following recreation sites are full-service and require Tonto passes:
•  Bartlett Lake Recreation Area: Rattlesnake Cove, Jojoba boating site, Bartlett Flats
•  Needle Rock Recreation Area

Reduced-service recreation sites that do not require a Tonto Pass include: 
•  Seven Springs Recreation Area: CCC Campground, Cave Creek Trailhead, Seven Springs Picnic Site
•  Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area: Mesquite Campground, Horseshoe Campground, Ocotillo, Catfish/Fisherman’s Point

Reduction in services includes no trash pick-up, no available toilets, and no drinking water where water was previously provided. 

Reduced services were previously enacted in all these recreation sites last May due to personnel losses on the Cave Creek Ranger District. 

“Taking these steps allowed district personnel to continue to provide services at high-use recreational sites where a Tonto Pass is required,” stated District Ranger Louise Congdon.  “We continue to ask everyone’s support in keeping sites clean due to ongoing personnel challenges.
“Although gates are closed and services still reduced in some areas, all developed sites at Bartlett Lake will remain open through 2013.  Dispersed recreation opportunities also exist across the district,” stated Congdon.  

For further information and alternative recreation sites, please visit the forest website at  www.fs.usda.gov/tonto, or contact the Cave Creek Ranger District at 480 595-3300.