Recreation Events

Recreation Events Open Season:  September 1 – November 1

Emailed proposals must be received by November 1, 2019

A group of cyclists passes a Forest Service sign.The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be accepting proposals for recreation events for 2020.  The Forest will issue 25 recreation permits with priority given to the existing permits already operating, and events that encourage and increase opportunities for youth participation.  If we receive more than 25 qualifying proposals, a lottery system will be used to identify proposals for further consideration. 

Proposals for events in 2020 must be submitted between September 1, 2019 and November 1, 2019.  All events under existing permits must also submit applications during this period.  Please review the information in the links below before submitting your proposal.  The open season helps expedite event evaluation and authorization in a timely manner.


Please mail proposals to or

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service
Attn: Special Uses
42218 NE Yale Bridge Road
Amboy, WA  98601

Do I Need a Permit for a Recreation Event?

Recreation events on the National Forest require a special use permit for almost any kind of outdoor activity where participants exchange money or pay a fee for the opportunity to be involved in the event.  Examples of recreation event activities include, but are not limited to: snowmobile events, running endurance races, horse competitions and endurance rides, fundraisers for non-profits and other organizations.

All special use proposals will be screened using criteria required in 36 CFR 251.54 before approval is granted.

If you have any questions about the criteria or the permitting process please call Brittany Zapata at 360-449-7806.  Applicants are also encouraged to call prior to developing a new proposal.

When Can I Submit my Proposal?

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has for a yearly open season from September 1 to November 1 for all new and renewing requests for recreation events proposed to occur between January 1 and December 31 of the following year.  Applications submitted prior to the end of the open season will be evaluated for compliance with national forest recreation event standards.  Selected proposals are likely to be authorized, however that decision could be affected by funding and staffing levels.

What Form Do I Need to Submit?

Please also review the additional information and permit requirements:

Basic Event Requirements

Recreation Event Screening Criteria

Gifford Pinchot Recreation Event Limitations

Insurance Requirements