Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on the forest, please check whether you need a permit or pass. Common activities that will need a pass or permit include: wood cutting, commercial mushroom picking (personal use does not require a permit), outfitter & guiding, filming, photography, family reunions, weddings, research, and cutting a Christmas tree.

  • Recreation Passes

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    Local recreation passes and permits used on the Gila National Forest include the Interagency America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

  • Forest Products

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    You may need a permit if you plan to collect edibles, decorative material, minerals, plants, or woody material like firewood and Christmas trees.

  • Commercial

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    You may be required to obtain a commercial or special use permit for commerical and non-commercial activities on forest land. This includes weddings and reunions and commercial activities like filming, photography, and organizational camps.

  • Other Permits

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    Permits may be required for research and other activities such as electrical easements, etc. Please contact the appropriate ranger district for information.

Why are Passes and Permits Required?

The Gila National Forest manages resources to meet sustainable resource management objectives. Management protects natural resource values, public health and safety, and is consistent with the Forest land and resource management plans outlined in the Forest Plan. In order to meet these objectives, permits may be required for the occupancy and use of Forest Service land. Additionally, passes assist is funding certain management projects.