Recreation Passes & Permits

Introducing the new Enchantment Pass! Access dozens of New Mexico National Forest recreation areas for one low annual fee of $40. For more information about the pass and to find purchasing locations, visit Enchantment Pass.

America the Beautiful Interagency Recreation Passes

Determine which pass is the best value for you. America the Beautiful Interagency Passes are honored nationwide at Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. All types of passes admit the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. At per-person fee areas, all passes admit holders and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

  • Annual Pass

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    Frequent visitors of multiple federal agency lands may save money by buying an Interagency Annual Pass. The pass is available to anyone and is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. The Interagency Annual Pass has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders.

  • Senior Pass

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    The Senior Pass is available to US Citizens 62 years of age or older and is valid for the pass holder's lifetime. Passholders receive a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services. 

  • Military Passes

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    Free annual pass if you are active military. Includes dependents. 

    Free lifetime pass for Gold Star Families with a valid Gold Star Family Voucher or US military veterans with a valid, veteran ID.

  • Access Pass

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    People who are living with disabilities can request this lifetime pass. It can be used at many different federal lands across the nation.

  • 4th Graders

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    This free pass is available to 4th Graders, 4th Grade Teachers, home school and free-choice learners 10 years of age. Good from Sept. to Aug. of your 4th Grade school year.

  • Volunteer Pass

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    The Volunteer Pass annual pass is awarded to those individuals who volunteer 250 hours at one or more recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies as a way to say "thank you!"

Other Types of Fees

Most of the recreation sites on the Carson National Forest where fees are charged are managed by concessionaires. It is possible that concessionaires may not be able to accept all types of interagency passes.

Support Sustainable Recreation

The benefits of purchasing recreation passes locally

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) (16 U.S.C. 6801-6814) states that 95% of Recreation fee revenues are retained locally by the National Forest unit, where the fee is paid. The fee revenue is used for the repair, maintenance, and facility enhancement directly related to visitor enjoyment, visitor access, and health and safety at recreation fee sites.

How to purchase Interagency Recreation Passes locally

Need a pass fast? Interagency passes can be purchased at staffed Forest Service offices, as well as online.


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