The Tonto National Forest sites no longer have self-pay machines for purchasing passes.
Ranger stations sell passes, and so do a variety of vendors all over the state.
The new pass program started Oct. 2, and on Oct. 15 there were still many people at Bartlett who took a chance on parking without a pass.
The rangers were only giving out warnings that day, but that won’t last.
You can buy a pass at Bartlett Lake Marina, and at several Circle Ks in Cave Creek and Carefree. Go to the Web site for details.
You can buy passes ahead of time, and they are good almost indefinitely, because you scratch out the date and time when you enter.
You can also print an order form to order passes by mail, or call them to order by phone with a credit or debit card.