Why is Butcher Jones closed?

LONG-TERM CLOSURE: As of July 2021, this area is closed due to damage. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35415.

Do you need a Tonto Pass for Butcher Jones?

Passes: A Tonto Daily Pass or Tonto Discovery Pass are required. Tonto Daily Passes may be purchased at the fee machines located at Pebble Beach, Saguaro Del Norte, Palo Verde, Phon D Sutton, or from a retail vendor. America the Beautiful Passes are only accepted at the PICNICKING SITES.

Is Saguaro Lake Cove open?

All the coves to Saguaro Lake are open, people camping and boating. The Butcher Jones Rec. Area is now only for water users (park pass required).

Can I grill at Saguaro Lake?

There are picnic tables, grills and toilet facilities, but no drinking water and no trash facility. Bring your own drinking water and take your trash with you when you leave. For overnight accommodations accessible by land and with more amenities, consider Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch.

What is the fine for not having 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.

Where can I buy a parking pass for Saguaro Lake?

Tonto Passes can be purchased at a district office or from a local retailer.

  • Supervisor’s Office. (Closed to the public)
  • Report Wildland Fires. 1-866-746-6516.
  • Cave Creek Ranger District. 40202 N.
  • Globe Ranger District. 7680 S.
  • Mesa Ranger District. 5140 E.
  • Payson Ranger District. 1009 E.
  • Tonto Basin Ranger District. 28079 N.

Can you swim in Saguaro Lake?

Water quality testing at other swimming areas on the Tonto NF – Acacia and Boulder (Canyon Lake), and Saguaro del Norte (Saguaro Lake) – indicated these areas are safe for swimmers.

How do I get to Saguaro Lake Cove?

Take Bush Hwy. northeast from Phoenix to Saguaro Lake. Go about a mile past road to marina and turn right on Butcher Jones Road. After 2 miles, you’ll circle around loop of Butcher Jones Recreation Area.

Can you ride ATVS at Lake Pleasant?

Some of the trails of the UTV, ATV and Off Road area are located within the Lake Pleasant Park boundary and require a park pass. They can be obtained at any of the two entrances to the lake. There are no permits required as long as you are outside of the the park boundaries.

Can you swim in Lake Saguaro?

Do you have to pay to get into Saguaro Lake?

Entrance fee paid for admission to Saguaro National Park is good for seven days and includes both the Tucson Mountain District (West) and the Rincon Mountain District (East) Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.

Is East or West Saguaro National Park better?

The eastern section is larger and more mountainous, the western portion is lower in elevation and boasts a denser saguaro forest. The east has more hiking trails and is the only region where backpacking is allowed, the west is the better choice if time is short.

Where is the Butcher Jones OHV trail in Arizona?

Butcher Jones OHV Trail is a 16.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort McDowell, Arizona that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is accessible year-round. FIRE CLOSURE: As of June 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire.

Is the Butcher Jones recreation site day use?

It is day-use only, so get there in the morning and pack all your planned activities into your time spent here during the day! It’s one of Tonto National Forest’s most-visited sites during the warmer (and hottest!) months, and we can certainly understand why.

How tall is the beach at Butcher Jones?

To access the beach, you’ll embark on a 4.9-mile, out-and-back hike. It’s moderately difficult, with gradual changes in elevation reaching a maximum height of about 550 feet.

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