Most White Mountain National Forest lands are open and free of charge for your use and enjoyment. Certain developed sites require payment of a recreation fee authorized via the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Other sites, including forest campgrounds and a couple recreation sites are managed by concessionaire and are not covered by the recreation pass. These areas may require additional fees.
Ninty-five percent of fees paid through the Recreation Enhancement Act stay local to help the Forest maintain high quality recreation facilities and trails (2012 Accomplishment Report). There are a variety of ways to pay this fee:
Annual Pass, valid 1 year from date of purchase
Annual Household Pass, valid 1 year from date of purchase (2 vehicles in same household)
1-7 Day Pass (Specify which 1-7 consecutive days will be used)
Daily Pass (Obtain at self-serve fee station at sites that require daily pass)
In addition to the White Mountain National Forest passes, additional nation-wide passes are recognized on the Forest. Holders of the Interagency, Golden Age, or Golden Access passes are not required to purchase a White Mountain pass, however while parked at a fee site the card must be displayed on the dash of the pass-holder's vehicle. Interagency passes can be obtained at any WMNF office, or at the White Mountain Visitor Center.