The San Bernardino National Forest is located in the south western area of California.
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Recreation Passes & Permits

Passes and permits are required for some Forest activities. These permits help us to provide quality recreation opportunities, to insure distribution of visitors in sensitive areas such as wilderness.
 

The Forest Adventure Pass

Forest Adventure Pass - Daily Pass - Costs: $5 per day
Forest Adventure Pass - Annual Pass - Costs: $30 Annually

Wherever you live in Southern California, you're just a short drive away from a spectacular wildland adventure - recreating in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests! Here you will find mountains as high as 11,500 feet, canyons, vast forests, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and streams, and a wealth of recreation activities - all waiting for you.

On the San Bernardino National Forest you can enjoy hiking, camping, mountainbiking, off-highway vehicle travel, picnicking, winter snowplay, cross-country skiing and many other activities. Your national forest lands are a unique and precious resource, yours to enjoy and take care of so that they will always be there...for present and future generations.

The Recreation Fee Program, which includes the Adventure Pass, helps:

  • Conserve, protect, and restore natural and heritage resources
  • Enhance the visitor experiences by improving recreation opportunities and services

Many of the facilities and services in San Bernardino National Forest are free. Some areas and facilities do require the Adventure Pass or other fees to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy. Learn more about the Adventure Pass program and other recreation passes that might meet your needs as you enjoy your public lands. more on the Adventure Pass - where it is required, and where to purchase the pass

Interagency Passes

Interagency Annual Pass -Costs: $80 Annually

Benefits

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. Expires the last day of the month punched.
  • The Interagency Annual Pass has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Frequent visitors of multiple federal agency lands may save money by buying an Interagency Annual Pass.

Validation

  • The date is validated by the seller at the time of purchase. The pass is not valid for use until at least one person signs the pass.
  • At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant.
  • At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror. Hangtags are available at Forest Service offices.
  • At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Other Important Details

  • Anyone can purchase an Interagency Annual Pass.
  • Interagency Annual Passes are nontransferable. Two people can sign and use the Interagency Annual Pass. Both are considered pass holders; however, once signed, the pass may not be given to or used by anyone whose name is not on the pass.
  • The Interagency Annual Pass belongs to the signer(s) only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.
  • Concessionaires may or may not honor the Interagency Annual Pass, according to the terms of their current permit.
  • Decals for open topped vehicles may be issued free with an Interagency Annual Pass. Decals can only be used for motorcycles or open-topped vehicles at unstaffed sites and are only valid with an Interagency Annual Pass.
  • Interagency Annual Passes do NOT cover expanded amenity fees or special recreation permits.

Interagency Senior Pass - Cost: $10 Lifetime

Benefits

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Valid for pass holder's lifetime.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services. (More Information)

Validation

  • At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant.
  • At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror. Hangtags are available at Forest Service offices.
  • At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be 62 years of age or older.
  • Must obtain in person.
  • Must show proof of age, which may be a state driver's license showing birth date, a birth certificate, or similar document.

Other Important Details

  • Interagency Senior Passes are nontransferable.
  • The Interagency Senior Pass belongs to the signer only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.
  • Concessionaires may or may not honor the Interagency Senior Pass, according to the terms of their current permit.
  • Interagency Senior Pass holders receive a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees. (More Information)
  • Interagency Senior Passes are NOT valid for any special recreation permits.

How to Obtain a Pass and Hangtag

  • Interagency Senior Passes must be issued in person, and are available at most National Forest or grassland offices, as well as offices for the other participating agencies.

Interagency Access Pass - Cost: Free, lifetime

Benefits

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Valid for pass holder's lifetime.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services.

Validation

  • At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant.
  • At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror. Hangtags are available at Forest Service offices.
  • At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must have a medical determination and documentation of blindness or permanent disability.
  • Must obtain in person
  • Must submit one of the following documents:
  1. A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that the applicant has a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that severely limits one or more major life activity.
  2. A document issued by a federal agency, such as the Veteran's Administration, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive federal benefits as a result of disability. Other acceptable federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to disability.
  3. A document issued by a state agency, such as the vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive that agencies benefits or services as a result of medically determined permanent disability. Showing a state motor vehicle department disability sticker, license plate, or hang tag is not acceptable documentation.

Other Important Details

  • Interagency Access Passes are nontransferable.
  • The Interagency Access Pass belongs to the signer only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.
  • Concessionaires may or may not honor the Interagency Access Pass, according to the terms of their current permit.
  • Interagency Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees. (More Information)
  • Interagency Access Passes are NOT valid for any special recreation permits.

How to Obtain a Pass and Hangtag

  • Interagency Access Passes must be issued in person, and are available at most National Forest or grassland offices, as well as offices for the other participating agencies.

Interagency Annual Military Pass - Costs: Free

Benefits

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched. Pass will be issued through December 2013.
  • The Interagency Annual Military Pass has two signature lines and can be signed by another active military member or dependent at any time. Both are considered pass holders.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Validation

  • The date is validated by the issuer at the time of issuance. The pass is not valid for use until at least one person signs the pass.
  • At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant.
  • At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror. Hangtags are available at Forest Service offices.
  • At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Eligibility Requirements

  • For active military personnel and their dependents.
  • To verify active military status, the applicant must submit a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) - Geneva Conventions Identification Card that verifies that the person is an active member of the U. S. military.
  • To verify dependent, the applicant must submit a Department of Defense Uniformed Services Identification Card - DD Form 1173 that identifies the dependent and his/her sponsor.

Other Important Details

  • Interagency Annual Military Passes are nontransferable. Two active military members or dependents can sign and use the Interagency Annual Military Pass. Both are considered pass holders; however, once signed, the pass may not be given to or used by anyone whose name is not on the pass.
  • The Interagency Annual Military Pass belongs to the signer(s) only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.
  • Concessionaires may or may not honor the Interagency Annual Military Pass, according to the terms of their current permit.
  • Decals for open topped vehicles may be issued free with an Interagency Annual Military Pass. Decals can only be used for motorcycles or open-topped vehicles at unstaffed sites and are only valid with an Interagency Annual Military Pass.
  • Interagency Annual Military Passes do NOT cover expanded amenity fees or special recreation permits.

How to Obtain a Pass and Hangtag

  • Interagency Annual Military Passes are available at most National Forest or grassland offices.

Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass - Costs: Free

  • Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) who present a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass.
  • Valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September -- August).
  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • ‚ÄčAdmits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 people who are 16 and older (for a maximum of four people). Anyone 15 and younger is free of charge. 
  • Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website.
  • Digital versions of the paper pass (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.
  • Educators and parents can also be involved! Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website.

 

Campfire Permits

You can help protect the forest from wildfires by knowing and following rules for the safe use of fire. You must obtain a California Campfire Permit if you plan to build a campfire in a yellow post site or use a stove, unless you are in a developed recreation area (campground or picnic area). Remember, wood and charcoal fires are never permitted outside yellow post sites, picnic areas or campgrounds on the San Bernardino National Forest.

Permits are available free-of-charge at this website or at offices of the San Bernardino National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management, and CAL FIRE. Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest and change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, before each visit check with the Forest Service for current campfire restrictions. If you smoke outside a vehicle, be sure you do so within a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.

Wilderness Permits

The San Bernardino National Forest has eight designated Wildernesses: San Gorgonio, Cucamonga, San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, Bighorn Mountain, Cahuilla Mountain, South Fork San Jacinto, and part of the Sheep Mountain wilderness area. Maps of these areas are available for purchase at ranger stations. San Gorgonio, San Jacinto, Cucamonga, and Sheep Mountain Wildernesses require a free Wilderness Permit for day hiking and overnight camping.

Wilderness permits can be reserved up to 3 months in advance.  The number of people admitted to the Wilderness is limited - on some summer weekends, Wilderness areas fill to capacity well in advance. The best advice is to plan ahead.  Wilderness permits for the San Gorgonio Wilderness can be requested here. Cucamunga wilderness permit can be requested here. Wilderness permits for the San Jacinto Wilderness can be requested here.  Otherwise please contact the local Ranger Station for the area you plan to visit.

**Some portions of the San Gorgonio Wilderness remain closed due to the Lake Fire, please call 909-382-2882 for more information.  Some portions of the San Jacinto Wilderness remain closed due to the Mountain Fire, please call 909-382-2921**

When camping in the Wilderness, lightweight gas stoves are recommended. Wilderness permits cover use of your gas stove.  Fires are not permitted in Wilderness areas in the San Bernardino National Forest.

For more information on the Wilderness Areas in the San Bernardino National Forest, please visit this page.

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