Recreation Passes and Permits

Permits are not required for hiking or at most camping locations on the Gila National Forest. To determine if you need a pass, or if a fee is required, visit the Gila National Forest Recreation page and select the site you plan to visit. Any fees, passes, or required reservations will be listed. Examples of sites that require a fee include the Catwalk Recreation Area and group picnic sites like Gomez PeakLittle Walnut East and Little Walnut West.

If you often visit the Gila National Forest, or other federally managed lands, an annual or lifetime interagency pass might be the best value for you. Need a pass fast? Purchase passes at a Gila National Forest District Office

  • Annual Pass

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    Pass covers the pass owner and three (3) accompanying adults age 16 and older at sites where Per Person entrance fees are charged. No fee for admittance of children 15 and under.Good for one year from month of purchase. $80 for one year.

  • Senior Pass

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    You must be 62 years of age or older to purchase. Passes are $20 for one year or $80 for a lifetime pass. An Interagency Annual Pass can be used at many different federal lands across the nation.

  • Military Pass

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    Free annual pass if you are active military. Includes dependents. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass.

  • Access Pass

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    People who are living with disabilities can request this $10 lifetime pass. It can be used at many different federal lands across the nation.

  • 4th Graders

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    This free pass is available to 4th Graders, 4th Grade Teachers, home school and free-choice learners 10 years of age. Good from Sept. to Aug. of your 4th Grade school year.

  • Volunteer Pass

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    The Volunteer Pass annual pass is awarded to those individuals who volunteer 250 hours at one or more recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies as a way to say "thank you"!

Additional Information about Recreation Fees