Enchantment Pass

As a convenient payment option and economic value, the Forest Service is pleased to introduce the first statewide recreation pass. This is a one-time fee for unlimited use throughout the operating season of developed day-use standard amenity fee sites located throughout the National Forests and Grasslands of New Mexico. These include the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests plus the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands.

New Money-Saving Pass

Explore New Mexico

The more you use the Enchantment Pass the more you save, making it great for locals and visitors. The Enchantment Pass covers the use of 30+ sites (more sites will be added in 2024) in New Mexico that charge a day-use fee. Visit an unlimited number of times year-long! Your purchase contributes to the sustainability of local recreation and shows your NM pride.

Buy a Pass Site List Questions
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Convenient

One pass, 4 adults, unlimited use, five National Forests! No fee for children 15 and younger. 100% New Mexico pride! 

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Valid for One Year

Visit day-use sites when and as often as you like and avoid paying fees at each visit. The more you explore the more you save.

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Significant Savings

Calculate your savings using the list of covered sites and the cost with and without the Enchantment Pass.

 

Day-Use Sites

Passes Accepted at

Picnic sites, fishing areas, recreation complexes, trailheads, observation areas and other day-use sites at these New Mexico Natonal Forests.

  • Carson National Forest
  • Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands
  • Gila National Forest
  • Lincoln National Forest
  • Santa Fe National Forest

 

Examples of Day-Use Sites

waterfall streaming down rock cliff into lake
Sitting Bull Recreation Area
Lincoln National Forest
Picnic Sites
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands
Day-Use Sites- Juan Tabo
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands 
Picnic Sites - Battleship Rock
Santa Fe National Forest
waterfall over large rocks pouring into small lake
Observation Areas
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands
large wooden pavilion with high ceiling and picnic tables
Picnic Areas - Capulin Springs
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands
stone structure
Catwalk Recreation Area
Gila National Forest
stone structure
Picnic Sites - La Cueva
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands

 

About The Enchantment Pass

Common Questions

As a visitor to the forest, you have options for paying day-use fees.

  1. Pay each time you visit the site.
  2. Purchase a site-specific pass, like the Enchantment pass.
  3. Buy an Interagency Pass.

Enchantment Pass is valid at all US Forest Service operated day-use (standard amenity fee) sites in New Mexico: Carson National Forest, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, Gila National Forest, Lincoln National Forest, and Santa Fe National Forest.

The Enchantment Pass: 

  • Provides you unlimited access during the year to any day-use fee site within New Mexico National Forests and Grasslands.
  • Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR pass holder and three persons (16 and older), not to exceed 4 adults at sites that charge a per person fee. Children 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Is less expensive at $40.00.

Interagency passes cost more, but include more federal land mangement agency sites. The best pass for you really depends on which sites in which states you plan to visit and how often.

Enchantment Pass Rules and Benefits

  • Valid for one year from the month of purchase.
  • Regardless of the day the pass is purchased, it is valid through the last day of the month the following year.
  • For example, if you purchase a pass on October 1, it will not expire until the end of October the following year.
  • Enchantment Pass is valid at all US Forest Service operated day-use (standard amenity fee) sites in New Mexico: Carson National Forest, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, Gila National Forest, Lincoln National Forest, and Santa Fe National Forest.
  • This pass admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR pass holder and three persons (16 and older), not to exceed 4 adults at sites that charge a per person fee. Children 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • This pass is not valid for Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping, tours, Special Recreation Permit, boat launches, or concessionaire fees.
  • Must be displayed, or the details provided in the fee use envelope, when visiting unstaffed recreation areas that charge a standard amenity day use fee.
  • Enchantment Passes are punched with an expiration date at the time they are sold/issued.
  • Must be signed by the pass owner(s) to be valid.
  • Passes are non-transferable. The pass belongs only to the signer(s).
  • If giving the pass as a gift or giveaway, let the recipient sign the pass.
  • Individuals or families can obtain one free Enchantment Annual Pass with 24 volunteer hours.

How it Works

Purchase a pass from one of the participating district offices. The pass is not valid until signed by the owner of the pass. If buying for someone else, let the recipient sign the pass. When visiting a site, write "Enchantment Pass" on the fee envelope and include:

  • Your name
  • Vehicle plate number
  • Pass expiration date

Can Passes be Purchased as a Gift?

Yes. When purchasing the Enchantment Pass as a gift, make sure the pass is punched. Let the gift recipient know the pass must be signed before it can be used. 

Can Passes be Purchased for Giveaways or Raffles?

Yes. The public and federal agencies may purchase Enchantment Passes at the current, full pass price to give away as raffle prizes.

Can Damaged Passes be Replaced?

Yes, damaged passes can be replaced as long as a portion of it is identifiable. Please visit a participating office and provide identification to validate ownership.

Can Lost or Stolen Passes be Replaced?

Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced. To respect your privacy when purchasing a pass, the Forest Service does not keep personal information and does not have the capability to track or cancel passes.

Certain sites within National Forest Service Lands require you to either pay a fee on site, or use a recreation pass. Day-use sites and sites with facilities are an example of sites that charge fees. Whether you need to pay a fee or obtain a pass depends on the sites you plan to visit The best pass for you depends on how often you'll visit and other criteria.

Let us help you determine which pass is right for you.

 

The Enchantment Pass is Great For

Who Benefits

  • Locals who regularly visit day use sites in New Mexico.
  • Visitors who want to save money.
  • Frequent visitors who plan to visit New Mexico often.
  • Anyone searching for the perfect gift for NM recreators!
  • Everyone! Funds remain local and help sustain forests for generations to come!

Canjilon Lakes, Carson National Forest

Ready to buy your pass?

Enchantment Passes are available at the following Forest Service district offices. 

Offices that sell the Enchantment Pass
Forest
or Grassland
Office Address City, State, Zip Phone
Carson National Forest Supervisors Office
Forest Service Building
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM 87571 575-758-6200
Carson National Forest Camino Real Ranger Station
P.O. Box 68
15160 SR 75
Penasco, NM 87553 575-587-2255
Carson National Forest Canjilon Ranger Station
SR 115, Bldg. 358
Canjilon, NM 87515 575-684-2489
Carson National Forest Questa Ranger Station
P.O. Box 110
184 SR 38
Questa, NM 87556 575-586-0520
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Supervisors Office
2113 Osuna Road NE
Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87113-1001 505-346-3900
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Mt. Taylor Ranger Station
1800 Lobo Canyon Rd.
Grants, NM 87020 505-287-8833
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Magdalena Ranger Station
Box 45
203 1st St.
Magdalena, NM 87825 575-854-2281
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Mountainair Ranger Station
P.O. Box 69
40 Ranger Station Road
Mountainair, NM 87036-0069 505-847-2990
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Sandia Ranger Station
11776 Hwy. 337
Tijeras, NM 87059 505-281-3304
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Kiowa and Rita Blanca
NG Ranger Station
714 Main St.
Clayton, NM 88415 575-374-9652
Gila National Forest Supervisors Office
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061 575-388-8201
Gila National Forest Black Range Ranger Station
1804 North Date Street
Truth or Consequences
NM 87901
575-894-6677
Gila National Forest Glenwood Ranger Station
P.O. Box 8
Hwy. 180 S.
18 Ranger Station Road
Glenwood, NM 88039 575-539-2481
Gila National Forest Reserve Ranger Station
P.O. Box 170
5 Smokey Bear Circle
Reserve, NM 87830 575-533-6232
Gila National Forest Silver City Ranger Station
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061 575-388-8201
Gila National Forest Wilderness Ranger Station
3697 Hwy. 35N
Mimbres, NM 88049 575-536-2250
Gila National Forest Quemado Ranger Station
P.O. Box 159
1 Forest Service Circle
Quemado, NM 87829 575-773-4678
Lincoln National Forest Supervisors Office
3463 Los Palomas Blvd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310 575-434-7200
Lincoln National Forest Smokey Bear Ranger Station
901 Mechem Drive
Ruidoso, NM 88345 575-257-4095
Lincoln National Forest Sacramento Ranger Station
P.O. Box 288
4 Lost Lodge Road
Cloudcroft, NM 88317 575-682-2551
Lincoln National Forest Guadalupe Ranger Station
5203 Buena Vista Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220 575-885-4181
Santa Fe National Forest Supervisors Office
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87508 505-438-5300
Santa Fe National Forest Coyote Ranger Station
HC 78, Box 1
Coyote, NM 87012 575-638-5526
Santa Fe National Forest Cuba Ranger Station
P.O. Box 130
04B County Road 11
Cuba, NM 87013 575-289-3264
Santa Fe National Forest Española Ranger Station
18537 US 84/285
Suite B
Española, NM 87532 505-753-7331
Santa Fe National Forest Jemez Ranger Station
P.O. Box 150
051 Woodsy Lane
Jemez Springs, NM 87025 575-829-3535
Santa Fe National Forest Pecos/Las Vegas
Ranger Station
P.O. Drawer 429
32 South Main St.
Pecos, NM 87552-0429 505-757-6121
Santa Fe National Forest Las Vegas Station
1926 N. 7th Street
Las Vegas, NM 87701 505-425-3534
Santa Fe National Forest Walatowa Visitor Center
7413 Hwy 4
Box 100
Jemez Pueblo
Jemez, NM 87024 575-834-7235

The Enchantment Pass is Accepted at

Forest or Grassland Site District Site Type Fee
without pass
Fee
with Pass
Carson National Forest Canjilon Lakes Canjilon Day Use $5.00 Free
Carson National Forest Echo Amphitheater Picnic Site Canjilon Day Use $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Water Canyon Picnic Site Magdalena Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Albuquerque Trailhead Mountainair Trailhead $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Fourth of July Picnic Site Mountainair Picnic Site/Trailhead $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Red Canyon Mountainair Day Use $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
McGaffey Mckenzie Mt. Taylor Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Coal Mine Campground and Picnic Area Mt. Taylor Day Use/Trailhead $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Quaking Aspen Campground Mt. Taylor Day Use $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
10K Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Balsam Glade Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Capulin Springs Picnic Site Sandia Day Use $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Cienega Canyon Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Cienega Equestrian Trailhead Sandia Trailhead $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Doc Long Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Ellis Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Juan Tabo Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
La Cueva Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
La Luz Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Las Huertas Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Nine Mile Picnic Site Sandia Day Use $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Sandia Crest Recreation Complex Sandia Day Use, Picnic Site
Observations
$5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Sulphur Canyon Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Tree Spring Picnic Site Sandia Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands
Cedro Trailhead Sandia Trailhead $5.00 Free
Gila National Forest Catwalk Interpretive Site Glenwood Day Use $5.00 Free
Lincoln National Forest Cedar Creek Picnic Smokey Bear Day Use $5.00 Free
Lincoln National Forest Schoolhouse Smokey Bear Day Use $5.00 Free
Lincoln National Forest Trestle Sacramento Day Use $5.00 Free
Lincoln National Forest Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area Guadalupe Recreation Complex $10.00 Free
Santa Fe National Forest Iron Gate Trailhead Pecos-Las Vegas Trailhead $5.00 Free
Santa Fe National Forest Jacks Creek Trailhead Pecos-Las Vegas Trailhead $5.00 Free
Santa Fe National Forest Panchuela Trailhead Pecos-Las Vegas Trailhead $5.00 Free
Santa Fe National Forest Spanish Queen Jemez Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Santa Fe National Forest Battleship Rock Jemez Picnic Site $5.00 Free
Santa Fe National Forest Las Conchas Jemez Day Use $5.00 Free