Tonto National Forest and Prescott National Forest is joining the more than 400 national parks and other national forests resuming normal operations after the government shutdown ended with an agreement in Congress and the president's signature.
Recreation areas and administrative offices at both forests will open at 8 a.m. Friday.
Marinas at Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon, Bartlett and Saguaro lakes were already open for business and more information could be found by contacting the marinas individually, Tonto National Forest officials said.
"We are working quickly to recall staff and coordinate efforts to reopen all forest facilities, boat launches and developed recreational sites which were open previous to the shutdown," stated Neil Bosworth, forest supervisor.
In Washington, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said all 401 national parks were expected to reopen Thursday.
"The professional men and women of the National Park Service are waiting to greet visitors with open arms and help you have the time of your life in these national treasures," Jarvis said.
Park concession facilities and other park partners are also expected to start to resume operations Thursday, Jarvis said.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, April 17 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:05:03 GMT
A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline out of fear that a group of trespassers urinated in it. Five people were seen at Mount Tabor Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday.More >
A Mount Tabor reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water has been taken offline after a teenager urinated in the reservoir. More >
Friday, April 18 2014 12:16 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:16:12 GMT
Parents met at a southwest Atlanta church, Thursday, to see what can be done to find a man who abducted a 10-year old boy. "I don't want anyone to feel that, not even my enemy," said Coddetta Batman,More >
Parents met at a southwest Atlanta church on Thursday to see what can be done to find a man who abducted a 10-year-old boy.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:32:50 GMT
GM has set a big goal: fixing 100 percent of its recalled vehicles, by fall. You know I have been discussing the automaker's massive recalls over the past few months; and correcting the problem is goingMore >
GM has set a big goal: fixing 100 percent of its recalled vehicles, by fall.More >