National Recreation Passes

The Forest Adventure Pass

National Forest Adventure Pass

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

  • Conserve, protect, and restore natural and cultural resources
  • Enhance recreation opportunities by funding trail maintenance, upgrades, safety features, clean facilities and new developments

Wherever you live in Southern California, you're just a short drive away from a spectacular wildland adventure, with recreation opportunities in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests.

On the Cleveland National Forest, you can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, climbing, off-highway vehicle travel, picnicking, and even fishing. All within a short drive of San Diego, and Orange or Riverside Counties.

For a list of sites on the Cleveland that now require an Adventure Pass, please visit the Cleveland Recreation Fee Site, or for more information on the Los Padres, Angeles, or San Bernardino fee sites, please visit the Adventure Pass website.

The Adventure Pass is offered in annual, secondary and daily passes. These passes can be purchased at many local vendors, the Forest district offices, or the main Cleveland National Forest office at 10845 Rancho Bernardo Rd in San Diego.

  • The annual pass is $30 and good for 12 consecutive months. It covers one car with up to 4 individuals.
  • The secondary pass is used in conjunction with the Adventure Pass and to cover a second vehicle. This pass is $5 and also good for the duration of the Adventure Pass.
  • The daily pass is a self scratcher good for 24 hours and costs $5.
  • Daily digital passes are now available for any Adventure Pass fee site on the Cleveland National Forest. These can be purchased online at https://www.recreation.gov/.

Other Permits & Passes

Forest Campgrounds require additional permits for use, as does dispursed camping, and some trails, such as Cedar Creek Falls. For information on whether or not a recreation area requires a permit or pass, please see our Standard Amenity Fee Site

In general, you can purchase many of these passes and permits at any Forest Service office near you.

Forest Permits

Wilderness/Long Distance/Backpacking

A Wilderness & Visitor Permit is required for overnight camping or hiking in areas outside of established campgrounds on the Cleveland. All District now accept permit application online. Please allow 2 - 3 days for processing and contact the respective Ranger District if there are any questions.

The only area where this permit is not valid is along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the Descanso Ranger District from March 1 to May 31, 2020. A PCT Developed Camping Permit is required for those looking to backpack on the PCT during this timeframe. For information regarding Cleveland PCT permitting and general trail information, please see our designated  Pacific Crest Trail page.

Please reference the District specific permit information below to ensure the correct application is filled out for your chosen location:

  • Descanso - Although opportunities for dispersed camping and backpacking on the Cleveland National Forest remain available to the public, Visitor Permits are not being issued until the Descanso District Office reopens. Currently, a Visitor Permit will not be required to dispersed camp or backpack.

    To protect public health and safety, all visitors to the forest are encouraged to:

  • Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.
  • If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial to mental and physical health but must be practiced safely. In light of the statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, we continue to ask visitors to recreate locally. If you plan to disperse camp or backpack on the Cleveland National Forest, be aware that dispersed camping rules and regulations apply; please refer to the Descanso Dispersed Camping Guide. Please contact the Descanso District Office for area-specific information and restrictions at (619) 445-6235 or SM.FS.DescansoRD@usda.gov.

  • Dispersed camping is not allowed within the boundaries of the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area.
  • Wood or charcoal fires are never allowed outside of developed campgrounds or picnic sites
  • Please pack out all trash and waste
  • Palomar - Although opportunities for dispersed camping and backpacking on the Cleveland National Forest remain available to the public, Visitor Permits are not being issued until the Palomar District Office reopens. Currently, a Visitor Permit will not be required to dispersed camp or backpack.

To protect public health and safety, all visitors to the forest are encouraged to:

  • Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.
  • If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial to mental and physical health but must be practiced safely. In light of the statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, we continue to ask visitors to recreate locally. If you plan to disperse camp or backpack on the Cleveland National Forest, be aware that dispersed camping rules and regulations still apply. Please contact the Palomar District Office for area-specific information and restrictions at 760-788-0250​ or SM.FS.PalomarRD@usda.gov.

  • Wood or charcoal fires are never allowed outside of developed campgrounds or picnic sites
  • Please pack out all trash and waste

Campfire Permits

Wood or charcoal fires are never allowed outside of developed campgrounds or picnic sites on the Cleveland. However, portable stoves or lanterns that use gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted unless elevated fire conditions prohibit their use. Please see our Fire Restrictions page for current information.

National Recreation Passes

Interagency Annual Pass 2019 - Every Kid Outdoors Interagency Annual Military Pass Annual Senior Pass Lifetime Senior Pass Interagency Access Pass Interagency Volunteer Pass
 

The Forest Service offers a variety of recreation passes, each serving different functions. Some of the more popular ones include the Interagency Annual Pass (also known as the America the Beautiful Pass), and the Every Kid in the Park pass, but we also issue wilderness, backpacking, long distance, remote camping and campfire permits, working in conjunction with the state of California. National passes are honored nationwide at Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard and expanded amenity fees.

There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should consider your recreation plans for the year:

  • Are you planning limited ventures on a single forest? Your best value may be a single-day pass.
  • Are you a frequent visitor to one or more sites? a multi-day pass or annual pass that covers a forest or region may be the best option.
  • Are you planning trips across various states or federal lands? An Interagency Annual Pass is perfect for traveling adventurers that plan to visit lands managed by other federal agencies.
  • Do you qualify for a discounted annual or lifetime pass? Lifetime passes are provided at a discounted rate for seniors and those with permanent disabilities, while free annual passes are provided to active duty military and their dependents.
  • Are you, or a member of your family in the 4th grade or 10 years old? The "Every Kid Outdoors" pass gives fourth graders free access to 2,000-plus federal recreation sites. Detailed information about that pass is available on the Every Kid Outdoors site.

The USGS Store provides Frequently Asked Questions about Recreational Passes. For more information about permits and passes, see our national Recreation Fees and Passes website.



Related Links

Highlights

  • Fee revenues make a difference
    Thank you. Your fees make a difference!

    National Forests in California are using recreation fee revenues to improve and enhance recreation opportunities. See how your fees have made a difference!



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cleveland/passes-permits/recreation/