Passes & Permits

View of forest greenery from campground area.Most areas of national forests and grasslands are open, free of charge, for your use and enjoyment. Fees or permits may be required for use of some areas, specific facilities or services. Business permit holders, such as campground concessionaires and outfitter guides, may provide services to public land users.  Passes and permits are available at ranger district offices but please call ahead to check availability

Recreation Passes

Graphic: Annual recreation pass

Some developed recreation sites or trailheads on the forest require a day-use fee. Find out where fees are charged, which passes are accepted and buy a pass online.


Forest Product Permits

Stacked firewood

Personal and/or Commercial Use permits are required in order to gather many special forest products such as: edible or decorative material, Christmas trees, Firewood, Mushrooms and Post & poles.

Research Permits


In addition to offering world class recreation, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP) provide opportunities for scientific research. Visit our research permit page and research Frequently Asked Questions - they are great places to get started.

Special Uses

Film crew on a forest

Permits are required for certain individual and commercial activities that occur on the forests and grassland such as: Advertising, Filming and photography, Group Events, Road building and maintenance, and Outfitter Guide services.


Outfitters and guides are our partners in providing thousands of satisfied customers with unique recreational experiences they might not otherwise have the opportunity or ability to enjoy. Guided experiences range from equestrian trail rides and hunting trips to whitewater kayaking and rafting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, auto touring and bird watching, to name a few.

  • To hire outfitter and guide services authorized to operate through Forest Service permits, please reference standard commercial services listings and contact them directly.
  • To obtain a permit to provide outfitter and guide services on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland please visit our Special Uses page for more information

Rules & Regulations

Please become familiar with our rules and regulations by checking with our local offices, as well as the special regulations for wilderness areas. Also, take time to read signs and bulletin boards during your visit to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.