Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on the forest, please check whether you need a permit or pass. Common activities that will need a pass or permit include: wood cutting, commercial activities outfitter & guiding, filming, photography, family reunions, weddings, research, and cutting a Christmas tree.

  • Recreation Passes

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    Local recreation passes and permits used on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest include the Interagency America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

  • Product Permits

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    You may need a permit if you plan to collect forest products like edibles, decorative material, minerals, plants, or woody material like firewood and Christmas trees.

  • Commercial

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    You may be required to obtain a commercial or special use permit for commerical and non-commercial activities such as weddings, reunions, filming, photography, and organizational camps.

  • Other Permits

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    Permits may be required for research and other activities such as electrical easements, etc. Please contact the appropriate ranger district for information.

Why are Passes and Permits Required?

We manage resources to meet sustainable resource management objectives. This protects natural resources, public health and safety, and is consistent with the Forest land and resource management plans outlined in the Forest Plan. In order to meet these objectives, permits may be required for the occupancy and use of Forest Service land. Additionally, passes assist is funding certain management projects.