Recreation Passes & Permits

Many areas on the forests and grassland may be visited for free, but some areas require a day use fee for user recreation. View this helpful list of all fee-collecting day use areas on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland. Fees for these areas may be paid onsite using fee envelopes or purchased online ahead of time. Additionally, there are options for local and national day use passes that cover fees for an entire year. These options are outlined in detail below. Some recreation activities may also require state-regulated fees, such as hunting, fishing, OHV riding, snowmobiling, and boating.

Annual Day-Use Pass - Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests &Thunder Basin National Grassland

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests offers two options for an Annual Day Use Pass.

Digital Option (valid 365 days)

Digital permit registered to license plate available online.

  • The cost is $30 per year.
  • Pass is valid for one year from purchase date (365 days).
  • This pass is available to anyone.
  • Pass is a valid substitute for day use fees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

Physical Pass (valid 1 calendar year)

Graphic: Annual passHard copy permit that may be purchased at any ranger district office and at the visitor centers during normal business hours.

  • The cost is $30 per year.
  • Pass is valid for one calendar year (January 1 to December 31).
  • This pass is available to anyone.
  • Pass is a valid substitute for day use fees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

National interagency recreation passes offer discounts, free entrances, and cover some standard amenity fees at recreation sites with the following federal agencies: U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation. National Interagency Passes

*Buy passes online at the US Geological Service or at your nearest national forest office.

4th Grade pass
4th Grade Interagency Pass

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Interagency Annual Pass

Graphic: Senior Pass
Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass

Graphic: Senior Annual Pass
Interagency Annual Senior Pass

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Interagency Access Pass
Graphic: Volunteer Pass 2018
Interagency Volunteer Pass
Graphic: Military Pass image 2018
Interagency Annual Military Pass
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Interagency Military Pass
for Gold Star Families