Saturday is National Public Lands Day.
That means free admission, as the Tonto National Forest will waive fees at several day-use recreation sites on Saturday.
It’s a “fee-free day” at various day-use locations at Apache Lake, Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Saguaro Lake, Salt River and Verde River.
Additionally, Tonto staff is partnering with multiple groups from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area on the Lower Salt River, about 16 miles northeast of Mesa.
There is no fee for attendees to participate in several activities, including mountain bike and kayak demonstrations from REI, paddleboarding for beginners and planting for a “butterfly way station.”
This is also a huge day for giving back.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more.
Volunteers will have the chance to roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands.
For more information, visit publiclandsday.org.