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National forests to waive entrance fees President's Day weekend

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By Mary Rinker, Tucson News Now intern

The Tonto National Forest is one of many national parks across the country to offer free admission in honor of President's Day.

The Tonto National Forest will be free for visitors from Saturday. Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 17, according to park officials. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity sites, but camping and campground fees will still be upheld.

98 percent of national forests and grasslands and two-thirds of developed recreation sites are entirely free for use. The Tonto National Forest, however, usually requires a Tonto Pass for the more than 50 recreation sites within it including river locations, boat ramps, swimming areas and campgrounds.

A list of Tonto Pass vendor locations is available at the Tonto National Forest website at, or by calling the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200.

President's Day is the fourth recognized fee-free day by national forests. The other upcoming dates are June 14, National Get Outdoors Day; Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 8 through Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day weekend.

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