Online purchase of day-use and annual passes available on Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland

Release Date: Jun 7, 2021

Media Contact: MaryGrace Bedwell, 307-274-1751

(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  June 7, 2021 Visitors to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) may purchase $5 day use passes and $30 annual day use passes online at, via a mobile device at the site or in advance.

Digital day use passes were established in 2020 and has provided additional payment options for USDA Forest Service visitors at sites across the Forests and Grassland. The service will continue this year, with digital payment options available for all twenty-seven day-use sites. Trailheads, boat ramps/docks, and picnic areas where the Forest provides public services are all examples of day-use sites.

This year, $30 digital annual day use passes will also be offered via to provide year-long access to all day use sites with a one-time purchase. Annual passes will be available for purchase beginning June 9 and are valid for one calendar year from the purchase date.

All visitors to Medicine-Bow Routt National Forest must display a valid pass at day use fee sites where required. A pass admits the passholder and accompanying passengers of a single, private (non-commercial) vehicle.

With the electronic payment option, mobile transactions may now take place on site, if cell service is available, or in advance if service is unavailable. Mobile coverage at sites varies widely across the MBRTB, so purchasing in advance is recommended to eliminate on site coverage issues. If purchasing a day use pass in advance, a printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle as cellular connectivity is limited. If purchasing on site, compliance will be checked via license plate.

Annual Passes must always be printed and displayed on your vehicle dashboard with the quick response (QR) code visible during your visit.

Passes do not guarantee parking availability. For your safety, please remember that parking outside of designated areas is discouraged and visitors who park illegally may be fined and towed.

Passes are valid until 11:59 PM of the date listed on the pass, and only for the date(s) and vehicle specified.

Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.

Steps for electronic pass purchase:

  1. Visit
  2. Select your pass type and enter your information and license plate number. If purchasing a single day use pass, include the dates you’re visiting.
  3. Check out as a guest or use an existing account if applicable.
  4. Enter your payment details and complete the transaction.

After the transaction is complete, you will receive an email with your digital pass receipt.

The pass is for day-use sites only and valid at all MBRTB locations. Campground payments are separate.

Traditional methods of payment, such as cash or check on site are available, and MBRTB Annual Passes and National Interagency Passes are available for purchase by calling district offices.

If you have problems with electronic payments, contact

Some day use sites may be impacted by the 2021 wildfires. For site-specific recreation information, contact your local Forest Service office. Our offices are serving the public remotely and are available by phone.

  • Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, Saratoga, Wyo., (307) 326-5258
  • Douglas Ranger District, Douglas, Wyo., (307) 358-4690
  • Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (970) 870-2299
  • Forest Supervisor’s Office & Laramie Ranger District, Laramie, Wyo., (307) 745-2300
  • Parks Ranger District, Walden, Colo., (970) 723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District, Yampa, Colo., (970) 638-4516

More information can be found on our website or social media channels: @FS_MBRTB on Twitter or @FSMBRTB on Facebook.

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