Passes & Permits

Recreation Passes

Annual Passes 2017Interagency recreation passes include the Annual Pass, Every Kid in a Park 4th grade program, Interagency Military Passes, Senior Passes for persons over 62, and Access Passes for persons with permanent disabilities.

Special Use

Event/Commercial PermitsSpecial events or commercial use of public lands require a permit. This includes commercial activities such as filming or guiding, and non-commercial uses such as organized events or gatherings, and recreation residences.

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness PermitsHiking and equestrian trails connect Inyo National Forest to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, as well as the iconic John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. Permits are required for overnight trips and all Mt Whitney hikes.

Firewood Collecting Permits

Firewood Collecting PermitsInyo National Forest is one of many forests offering Firewood Collecting Permits to the public. The permit includes a Fuelwood Map showing areas where firewood collecting is permitted.

Collecting Forest Products

Forest Products PermitForest Products are resources used for personal, commercial, or scientific purposes, like Christmas trees, wildflowers, cones, tree boughs, nuts and berries, ornamental cuttings, moss, or rocks.

California Campfire Permits

Campfire PermitCalifornia Campfire Permits are required on public lands in California for use of campfire, charcoal fire, camp stove, or any open flame, unless you are in a developed campground or picnic area.

Fee-Free Days

The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. The 2017 dates are:

  • January 16, 2017: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 20, 2017: President's Day
  • June 10, 2017: National Get Outdoors Day
  • September 30, 2017: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - 12: Veterans Day Weekend


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