Passes & Permits

Recreational Fees

Crest Trail Most national forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. Entrance and user fees may be charged at some areas.

ENTRANCE FEES are required for entering designated federal recreation areas such as National Parks and National Monuments. In addition, there are some fees to use a developed site on a national forest or grassland.

To learn more about recreation fees, the legislation that enables these fees, and the type of fees, view recreation fee information

Pass Information

Interagency Recreation Passes and the Sandia Mountain Annual Permit

2018 America the Beautiful Pass

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All Passes are available for purchase at the Cibola Supervisor's Office and at all district offices. For more specific details call 505.346.3900. Or rurchase your America the Beautiful Interagency Pass on line at USGS store.

Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass

As part of the nation's commitment to ensure every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy our wildlife, resources, and history, the Every Kid Outdoors initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry, for the fourth grader and their family, to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters, nationwide, for an entire year.

Visit Every Kid Outdoors to learn how fourth graders can get their free pass.

The Sandia Annual Amenity Pass

 Sandia Mountain Annual Parking Pass

The Sandia Annual Amenity Pass is only valid for the Sandia Ranger District. Purchasing this pass alleviates you having to pay the $3.00 amenity fee, that is required at most all of the Sandia Ranger District recreation areas located north of I-40. The cost of this pass is $30.00 per year. It is valid for a full year, and expires the end of the month, in which it was purchased. For instance: for a pass purchased on April 2, 2017, the amenity pass is valid until the end of April 2018.

For more information contact the Sandia Ranger District at 505.281.3304.

Choosing a Pass

Difficulty deciding? To help you choose a pass:

  • Think about how often and where you recreate.
  • Are you and your family planning to vacation on national lands?
  • If you are at least 62 years old, or have a disability, you may quality for a lifetime pass.
  • Are you Active Duty Military? You qualify for a free yearly pass.

Click here to see your options.

More Information

All national lands accept the America the Beautiful recreation passes, however, there are many types of permits and passes that are unique to each agency, such as research permits, forest products permits Here is a link that will help you to search different forests pass information.


Film Permits


Anyone wishing to film on National Forest System lands must obtain a special use permit from the Forest Service. The following information addresses many common questions concerning the permitting process.