Passes & Permits

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When you are planning an activity that will be on National Forest System lands, be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or a pass.

Recreation Fee Program

Under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program 100% of the revenue generated is retained by the National Forest to help fund the operation, maintenance, and enhancement of recreation facilities, visitor services, and the protection, and rehabilitation of natural resources. Visit the Recreation Fee Program website for more details.

Forest Product Permits

Forest Products are forest resources that are used for personal, commercial, and scientific purposes. Examples include Christmas trees, firewood, small tree, and other live plants, collections of cones, bark, conks, boughs, and post and poles. To learn what permits are required and available, contact your local Forest Service office for permit information and costs.


Recreation Passes & Permits

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Recreation opportunities in the Intermountain Region can take you from weeklong whitewater rafting adventures to quiet hikes among wildflowers and thrilling ATV rides. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. Some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.

About Recreation Fees

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More and more people recreate on national forests and grasslands every year. Meeting the increasing needs of these visitors, delivering quality recreation, heritage and wilderness opportunities, and protecting natural resources has become challenging.

To help address this issue, President Bush signed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA). The Act permits federal land management agencies to continue charging modest fees at campgrounds, rental cabins, high-impact recreation areas and at day-use sites that have certain facilities. The Act defined the following fee categories:


Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need an authorization?

How to apply for a special use permit:

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Interagency Access Pass

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Interagency Senior Annual Pass

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Military Annual Pass

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Volunteer Annual Pass