Box Bar Recreation Area is a dispersed campground in the riparian area along the Verde River in Tonto National Forest that is heavily bordered with willows, cottonwoods, and desert scrub. In addition to the trees and foliage at Bar Bar, there is plenty of wildlife, mainly birds, which flock to the natural landscape and wetlands made by the Verde River. The Box Bar area is also a known Bald Eagle nesting area, which may lead to closures at certain times of the year.
Camping at Box Bar Recreation Area is an on your own experience, with no facilities or amenities available at the recreation site. You will need to bring your own water, and pack your own trash out. Bury human waste 6-8 inches deep, away from water supplies. Tonto Passes are required to park a vehicle here. The cost is $6 per vehicle, per day. Tonto Passes are not sold at Box Bar, you must purchase at a nearby gas station or convenience store. There is a store at the intersection of Arizona Highway 87 and Fort McDowell Rd as well as other stores in nearby Rio Verde.
Use caution when camping as snakes and scorpions can be found in this area, especially in warm weather.
Box Bar Recreation Area Features
|Campground Type:||Dispersed, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||N/A|
|Cost:||$6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass|
|Beach/Lake Access:||Yes – River Bank Only|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible|
|Operating Season:||Year Round – Possible Closures During Bald Eagle Nesting|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.743547, -111.661100|
|Nearest City:||Fountain Hills, Arizona|
|Location:||Maricopa County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located in Rio Verde, Arizona|
|Directions:||This site is about 9 miles NE of Fountain Hills.From Arizona Highway 87 in Fountain Hills
From North Scottsdale
|Web:||Tonto National Forest – Box Bar
When To Go
Spring, Early Summer, & Fall – Summertime at Box Bar Recreation Area can be very hot, especially for tent camping.
Box Bar Recreation Area Pictures
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