Recreation Pass Overview

 

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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:

Recreation Passes*
Annual Pass, valid 1 year from date of purchase $20.00
Annual Household Pass, valid 1 year from date of purchase (2 vehicles in same household) $25.00
1-7 Day Pass (Specify which 1-7 consecutive days will be used) $5.00
Daily Pass (Obtain at self-serve fee station at sites that require daily pass) $3.00

* Several changes to the fee program have been proposed

How to obtain a White Mountain National Forest recreation pass:

  • Variety of vendors
  • Online
  • WMNF office
  • Information center
  • You can also print an order form and send a completed copy to us (allow 10 days turnaround time for mail orders).
  • Additionally, White Mountain Forest Annual Passes are awarded to those individuals who complete 16 hours of volunteer service on the Forest.  Contact your local District Ranger's office for details.

Recreation Sites Managed by Concessionaire:

National Passes

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.