Passes & Permits

Passes, Fees, Permits and Recreational Residence Guidelines

Most national forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. Some National Forest recreation sites, however require the purchase of a local Forest Pass. Passes purchased for use of recreation facilities may not cover additional fees, such as those charged in concession or forest service operated campgrounds. Read all signs, or call the Ranger District office with jurisdiction over the recreational site you plan to visit. 


Mt Lemmon Recreational Fee Sites  MAP 



CNF Annual Pass 2014


Coronado Passes can be purchased at:

All the district offices along with the

  • Palisades Ranger Station
    Located at Milepost 19.6 on Mt. Lemmon Highway
    Open May 1st - Oct 31st Thur. - Mon. 8:00-4:30
  • Santa Rita Lodge
    1218 S. Madera Canyon Road
    Madera Canyon, AZ 85614
    (520) 625-8746
    (Coronado Recreation Passes only)

National Passes

Annual Pass Senior Pass Access Pass

These interagency passes and Coronado Recreation Passes are accepted at day use fee sites at signed locations throughout the Coronado National Forest.

For more detailed information on these passes click here.

US military and their dependents qualify for a FREE Annual Pass. Learn More.


The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) passed into law on December 8, 2004, as part of the 2005 Consolidated Appropriation Act (Public Law 108-477).  REA authorizes the USDA Forest Service and four Department of the Interior agencies ---Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service --- to retain recreation fee revenues to supplement appropriations and other funding sources to repair, improve, operate, and maintain recreation sites and areas to quality standards (including elimination of recreation deferred maintenance), and to enhance the delivery of recreation services to high quality standards.  This Fee authority is critical to the sustainability of high quality Forest Service recreation programs.

Standard Fees

Examples:  Picnic areas, developed trailheads, destination visitor centers, high impact recreation areas (HIRAs).

Explanation: Typically standard amenity fees are day use fees, often covered by a day or annual pass.  High impact recreation areas are contiguous areas that support concentrate recreation use.  Each site or area must contain six "amenities," which are picnic tables, trash receptacles, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

Transportation Vehicle Fees

Examples:  Private or commercial vehicles transporting groups of people only, no guiding, fee is based on size.

Explanation:         15 seats or less = $5

                              16 to 30 seats = $35

                              31 seats or more = $75

Expanded Fees

Examples: Campgrounds, highly developed boat launches and swimming areas, cabin or lookout rentals.  Services like hookups, dump stations, special tours, transportation systems and reservation services.

Explanation:  Provides direct benefits to individuals or groups.


Federal law requires a permit for "special uses," which includes most commercial or group activities on National Forests.  MORE INFO

Architectural Guidlines for Recreation Residences