Passes & Permits

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Notice to Range Permittees

Until further notice, range permittees should contact their local range permit administrator and/or local line officer to discuss this year's turnout. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Sevy, Regional Range Program Leader,, phone: 530-708-1462.


National Recreation Passes

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. There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year.

Regional Recreation Passes

Wherever you live in Southern California, you're just a short drive away from a spectacular wildlands adventure—recreating in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests! If you plan to visit one or more of the four National Forests in Southern California, you may want to consider an Adventure Pass.


Recreation Permit Information

Recreation permits may be required when extra measures are needed to protect natural or cultural resources.

Recreation permits can include:

  • Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area/Trail
  • River
  • Wilderness
  • Rifle Range
  • Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trail
  • Group Activities
  • Recreation Events

Please contact the nearest Forest Service office for information about permits that may be required in that area.

Special Use Permits

Today, our growing population and mobile society have created a demand for a variety of uses of these federal lands. Often these diverse needs require specific approval. The Agency's special-uses program authorizes uses on National Forest System (NFS) land that provide a benefit to the general public and protect public and natural resources values.

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:

  • Group activities that have 75 or more people or if a fee is collected for the activity
  • Outfitting and guiding
  • Recreation events, such as weddings, family reunions and bicycle races

"Special Uses" provides services supporting our national policy and federal land laws by authorizing uses on NFS land, other than the typical small-scale uses (recreation, camping, etc) enjoyed by the public. Special uses may involve everything from water transmission, agriculture, outfitting and guiding, recreation, telecommunication, research, photography and video productions, granting road and utility rights-of-ways. and much more.

Normally, Forest Service land is not made available if the overall needs of the individual or business can be met on nonfederal lands