Most areas of national forests and grasslands are open, free of charge, for your use and enjoyment. Fees or permits may be required for use of some areas, specific facilities or services. Business permit holders, such as campground concessionaires and outfitter guides, may provide services to public land users. Passes and permits are available at ranger district offices.
There are a number of national passes that may save you money, as well as local passes for certain areas.
Permits are required for certain individual and commercial activities that occur on the forests and grassland:
Outfitters and guides are our partners in providing thousands of satisfied customers with unique recreational experiences they might not otherwise have the opportunity or ability to enjoy. Guided experiences range from equestrian trail rides and hunting trips to whitewater kayaking and rafting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, auto touring and bird watching, to name a few.
To hire outfitter and guide services authorized to operate through Forest Service permits, please reference standard commercial services listings and contact them directly.
To obtain a permit to provide outfitter and guide services on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland please visit our Special Uses page for more information.
Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA)
This act allows us to charge fees for services and amenities in high-use recreation areas to be retained on a local level for enhancement of those opportunities.
Please become familiar with our rules and regulations by checking with our local offices, as well as the special regulations for wilderness areas. Also, take time to read signs and bulletin boards during your visit to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.