As a result, camping is now prohibited at the following locations:“Riparian areas are rare in the desert southwest, and we are working to protect these fragile stream banks, while continuing to allow for summer fun ... The Tonto National Forest is working hard to protect the streams and rivers for enjoyment now and in the future”.
These restrictions will not affect day use, or scenic driving along the road corridors, only overnight camping within a 200-foot buffer on either side of the streams
Christopher Creek at See Canyon Trailhead
East Verde at Flowing Springs
East Verde at Verde Glen / Dude Creek
East Verde at Washington Park
News Release: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/ne ... EPRD629172
Please note that the news release also indicates camping closure along Tonto Creek somewhere in the area of the Fish Hatchery road. However, this is not clearly defined in the news release, and is not mentioned at all in the Closure Order or accompanying maps. This post will be updated to address this discrepancy later.