Passes & Permits
The America the Beautiful Interagency Passes are honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
What is a standard amenity fee?
Examples: Picnic areas, developed trailheads, destination visitor centers
Explanation: Typically, standard amenity fees are day-use fees, often covered by a day or annual pass. Each site or area must contain six "amenities," which are picnic tables, trash receptacle, toilet, parking, interpretive signing (information that discusses the natural processes, history of the area, how we can help protect the forest or ourselves, etc.), and security (routine visits from Forest Service or local law enforcement staff monitoring the area).
If you live in Southern California, you're just a short drive away from a spectacular wildland adventure.
To visit some areas of the Angeles National Forest, you will need an Adventure Pass or America the Beautiful Pass.
Wild areas and even Congressionally-designated wilderness can be found within an hour's drive of downtown Los Angeles. These are areas set aside by Congress, where people can experience the solitude of some of the nation's most beautiful places in the United States.
Collecting products on National Forest System lands for commercial and private use requires a forest product permit. Commonly requested permits are for mushrooms, posts, poles, rails, and pine cones.
Certain types of uses of public lands require special use permits. These include commercial activities, such as filming, guided hikes and programs, and events.
Campfire permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires, or portable gas stoves outside of designated recreation sites. Campground permits are free and available at all Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or CAL FIRE offices OR online (printer required). Remember to check for fire restrictions before you go!
The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency on fee-free days. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. The 2023 fee-free days are:
- January 16, 2023: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20, 2023: President's Day
- June 10, 2023: National Get Outdoors Day
- June 19, 2023: Juneteenth
- September 23, 2023: National Public Lands Day
- November 11, 2023: Veterans Day
Alerts & Warnings
- NEW! Office Updates - Need Info or Passes?
- Forest Service Road Closures
- Additional Damage to Roads/Trails Due to Tropical Storm Hilary
- Fire Danger: HIGH
- Temporary Closures (Bobcat Fire)
- Driving to the Forest?
- Advisory: Hiking at High Elevations
- Planning to Camp? (Stay Limits & Dispersed Camping Restrictions)