The Eldorado National Forest is located in the eastern center part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Recreation Passes & Permits

Campfire Permits

You must have a campfire permit to use a stove, lantern, charcoal barbeque, or wood campfire outside of a developed campground or recreation area. The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect.

Desolation Wilderness Information and Permits

Because of its beauty and accessibility, Desolation Wilderness is one of the most heavily used wilderness areas in the United States. In order to protect its unique beauty and wilderness character, human access is limited and certain activities are restricted in the Desolation Wilderness.

Mokelumne Wilderness Information and Permits

Permits are mandatory for entry into the Mokelumne Wilderness year round for overnight use. The permit system allows the Forest Service to inform visitors of their responsibilities for preserving the wilderness resource, gather important recreation use data, and to limit use where necessary. 

Interagency Fee Passes (Golden Passes)

Federal Recreation passes can be utilized in facilities on this forest. The Interagency Fee Passes can provide either free entrance or a discount for certain fees.

Forest Day Use Passes

Day Use Fee: A day use fee is required for the following facilities: Eagle Falls*, Pyramid Creek*, Carson Pass, Carson Overflow, Meiss, Woods Lake Trailhead and Day Use Area, Dru Barner and Lovers Leap Campgrounds. (*Note: This fee is waived for Desolation Wilderness overnight permit holders at Eagle Falls and Pyramid Creek parking areas only. Be sure to obtain your waiver which exempts you from this fee when you obtain your permit.)

  • Day Use pass: $5/day.
  • Annual Day Use pass: $20.00. (Parking at the Carson Pass and Meiss Parking areas is limited to June 1st to October 1st due to their operation as a State Sno-Park during the winter months.) Interagency Passes do not apply to annual pass purchase.

Sno-Park Passes

Sno-Parks are fun and safe locations for winter recreaction.  Ski, snowshoe, snow play, or snowmobile with friends or family.