Passes & Permits

Do I need a permit to enter a Wilderness Area?

Wilderness areas are a place where the imprint of humans is substantially unnoticed. It is where natural processes are the primary influences and human activity is limited to primitive recreation and minimum tools. This allows for the experience of wild places without intention to disturb or destroy the natural processes. Some wilderness areas require an overnight permit to camp in them. Dark Canyon Wilderness within the Monticello Ranger District does not currently require a permit.  Contact the Monticello RD if you need further information at 435-587-3340.

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Rock Collecting

Casual rock collecting for personal use (not for sale) is allowed on the National Forest. You do need a permit if removing rock for landscaping, etc. Call your district office for details. (District offices contact information ).

 People may not collect rock of any kind within the boundaries of a valid claim without written permission of the claim-holder.