Recreation Passes & Permits

The Coronado National Forest honors the eight types of passes.

Seven of the passes are honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees. The eighth pass is honored within the Coronado National Forest only.

All types of passes admit the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. The Coronado National Forest does not have any per-person fee for visitors walking or bicycling into a site.

  • Annual Pass

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

  • Senior Pass

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    The Senior Pass is available to US Citizens 62 years of age or older. This pass is valid for pass holder's lifetime. The pass holder receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), 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. You must show a Common Access Card/Geneva Conventions ID Card. Dependents must show a Uniformed Services ID Card - DD Form 1173.

    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 $10 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!"

The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most-day use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary.

These include:

  • January: Martin Luther King Jr., Day
  • February: President's Day
  • June: National Get Outdoors Day
  • June: Junteenth
  • September: National Public Lands Day
  • November: Veterans Day Weekend

Interagency Passes and Coronado National Forest annual passes are valid at these recreation sites:

  • Santa Catalina Ranger District
    • ​Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
    • Mt. Lemmon
      • Molino Basin Picnic Area
      • Cypress Picnic Area
      • Middle Bear Picnic Area
      • Chihuahua Pine Picnic Area
      • Palisades Visitor Center
      • Box Elder Picnic Area
      • Alder Picnic Area
      • Inspiration Rock Picnic Area
      • Loma Linda Picnic Area
      • Marshall Gulch Picnic Area and Trailhead
      • Mt. Lemmon Trailhead
  • Nogales Ranger District
    • Madera Canyon
      • Proctor Parking
      • Whitehouse Picnic Area
      • Bog Springs Trailhead
      • Madera Canyon Picnic Area
      • Madera Trailhead Picnic Area and Trailhead
      • Madera Amphitheater
      • Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area and Trailhead
    • Tumacacori Mountains
      • Pena Blanca Lake Fishing and Boating Site
      • Red Rock Picnic Area
      • Upper and Lower Thumb Rock Picnic Area
  • Douglas Ranger District
    • Chiricahua Mountains
      • Sunny Flat Trailhead
      • Rustler Park Trailhead
    • Dragoon Mountains
      • Cochise Stronghold Trailhead
  • Safford Ranger District
    • Pinaleño Mountains
      • Riggs Lake Fishing and Boating Site
  • Sierra Vista Ranger District
    • Huachuca Mountains
      • Brown Canyon Ranch
      • Carr Canyon Picnic Area
      • Parker Canyon Lake Fishing and Boating Site