Event/Commercial Permits

Recreation Event Permits

Special use authorizations (permits) are required for conducting organized events of a temporary nature when a fee is involved.  This includes events such as competitive races, contests, fund raisers, eco-challenges, dog trials, horseback rides/races, adventure games, etc.  If you or your organization is considering holding such an event on the Bighorn, you must contact the ranger district office of where the event will occur to determine whether a permit is available. 

Deadlines for submitting recreation event proposals are:

March 15 for proposed activities from May 1 through October 31

September 15 for proposed activities from November 1 through April 30

 

Noncommercial Group Use Permits

Special use authorizations (permits) are required for activities on NFS land that involves individuals or organizations with 75 or more participants and spectators where there is no fee involved.  This includes weddings, family reunions, church retreats, group campouts, organization rallies, etc.  If you or your organization or group is considering holding such an event on the Bighorn, you must contact the ranger district office of where the event will occur to determine whether a permit is available.  There is no deadline for application but time is needed to process permits, so submit your application as soon as possible.

 

Commercial Filming and Photography

Use of the Bighorn National Forest for commercial filming and still photography requires a special use authorization, or permit. For specific information related to filming and photography permits, please contact the ranger district office.

 

Shell Falls Interpretive Site Bus Tour Permits

A permit is required for bus tours/coaches to stop at the Shell Falls Interpretive Site, a popular rest stop located off U.S. Highway 14.

Please visit our Bus Tours Permit page for more information about obtaining a special use authorization to allow your tour company to utilize the Shell Falls Interpretive Site.

 

How the Bighorn National Forest Determines The Need For Outfitter and Guide Services    

In 2007, the Bighorn National Forest completed a forest-wide study of the need and public demand for outfitter-guide activities, and analyzed the forest’s capacity to absorb additional visitors and manage additional administrative work.  The forest needs assessment and capacity analysis documents are available online. 

It is important to keep in mind that market generated (solicited business) by a potential outfitter-guide does not by itself constitute a public need for the service.