Passes & Permits

  • Nordhoff Ridge Road Permits

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    Reservations for a permit are required for accessing Nordhoff Ridge Road. Send an email to sm.fs.nordhoff_rdg@usda.gov. Allow at least 5 business days in advance for the Forest Service to review your request, deny or approve it, and issue a permit. Please read the Nordhoff Ridge Rd instructions and usage guidelines before sending an email request for a permit. Thank you!

  • National Recreation Passes

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    National passes cover entrance fees found a federal recreation areas such as National Parks and wildlife refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day use sites on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

  • Regional Recreation Passes

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    Information about the Parks Management Pass

  • Recreation Permits

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    Recreation permits may be required when extra measures are needed to protect natural or cultural resources. Recreation permits can include: Wilderness Permits, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area permits and Rifle Range permits. Please contact the nearest Forest Service office for information about permits that may be required in that area.

  • Forest Product Permits

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    Many forests offer fuelwood and other forest product permits. Please contact the nearest Forest Service office for information about permits that may be required in that area, chainsaw use and seasonal restrictions.

  • Special Use Permits

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    Special Use Permits grant certain rights or privileges to occupy and use a specific area. These permits contain specific terms and conditions that the permit holder must follow. They are issued to profit and non-profit organizations and include activities such as: Group activities that have 75 or more people, Outfitting and Guiding, Weddings, Commercial Photography and Bicycle Races. 

  • Campfire Permits

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    Campfire Permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of designated recreation sites. These are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online (printer required). Remember to check for fire restrictions before you go!