Event/Commercial Permits

Recreation, commercial, and event permits allow us to serve the people in a variety of ways. From outfitting to ski clinics, from fishing contests to bike races, special use permits are required to ensure safe enjoyment of your public lands. Outfitters and guides, commercial recreational events, and activities such as commercial filming or photography require a permit from the district on which the activity occurs. To view a list of event and commercial activities on National Forest System Lands, see the Commercial Recreation Activities page on our national website.

If you are interested in obtaining a special use permit for an event or commercial purpose, please contact appropriate ranger district. Unsure if you need a permit? Our offices are here to help. Information and application materials for the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears District can be found in the right column.

Currently, there are multiple outfitters, guides and other commercial recreation permittees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. View a list of current permitees, explore outfitting and guiding resources in Colorado and Wyoming, and learn what to expect from your outfitter on our Outfitter & Guide Services page.

Deadlines for submitting proposals for temporary outfitter and guide and recreation event requests are as follows:

  • February 15 for proposed activities from May 1 - Oct. 31
  • August 15 for proposed activities from Nov. 1 - April 30

For business contracts, call our contracting office at (307) 745-2300.

For road use or other local permits contact your local district office.

Forest Service Special Uses Program

The Forest Service manages over 192 million acres of national forests and grasslands that comprise the National Forest System (NFS). The Agency's special-uses program authorizes uses on NFS land that provide a benefit to the general public and protect public and natural resources values. Currently there are over 74,000 authorizations on the NFS lands for over 180 types of uses. Authorizations are issued as a lease, easement, right-of-way, or permit, depending on the use. Uses vary from utilities transmission, animal grazing, and research, to recreation-based uses, such as outfitting/guiding and ski areas.