FYI: Tonto National Forest has changed their policy
A group of us was at Sycamore Creek hiking a week ago and returned from the hike to be met by several law enforcement officers, including sheriff's deputies. They detained and cited several people for being nude. The policy change actually took effect Feb 2022, but now there appears to be a heightened interest in enforcing it. Here is a link to the Feb 17, 2022 order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd997867.pdf.
I mentioned this last June when a group was cited for public nudity. The citation required a court appearance. Most responses were it was isolated but I have not been back safer in my own backyard or SLR.
Thats extremely disappointing, fewer and fewer spots to visit now for hiking. Especially with the Verde hot springs being mostly inaccessible.
Looks like Tanque Verde in Tuscon is the go to now outside of formal clubs. Hope that location isnt eventually impacted too.
I remember a few years back the Ranger showing up. But they just drove through and didnt stop anybody or get out of their vehicles. Also back then there were textiles camping near the windmill. And some guy was walking around naked in front of the women. Naturally, the Rangers were called again.
We need to be more careful, or its gonna be shut down permanently.
If theyre issuing tickets for nude hiking, it is effectively shut down already. Was already seeing an uptick in textile activity, seems that may have pushed further action.
I checked LexisNexis and there is at least one indecent exposure ticket there on 3/12, the others may not have processed yet if it happened this last weekend.
Too bad we cant push for this and areas like Tanque Verde to be classified as designated areas like the magic circle.