Arizona’s Tonto National Forest will increase fees beginning Oct. 1 at 12 campgrounds, according to The Fountain Hills Times

The Arizona Recreation Resource Advisory Council approved the fee hikes in 2015 after a series of public meetings to provide feedback.

Results showed that 95% of Tonto visitors did not want a reduction in recreation services and understood the need to increase some fees in order to continue to provide recreational opportunities at one of the most visited national forests in the country.

Campground fees will increase by $6 from $10 to $16 at Riverside, CCC, Mesquite, Horseshoe, and Timber Camp. Senior access passes will remain at $8.

Tonto retains 95% of the recreation fees it collects to manage developed recreation sites.

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