Recreation Passes & Permits

National Recreation Passes

Please note:

Currently, the Lifetime Senior Pass is $10, a price that is good until Aug. 27, 2017. Beginning Aug. 28, 2017, the price will be $20 for an Annual Senior Pass and $80 for a Lifetime Senior Pass.

2018 Interagency Annual Pass Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass 2018 Interagency Pass Military Annual Interagency Senior Pass New Lifetime Senior Pass 2018 Interagency Pass Senior Annual 2018 Interagency AccessPass 2018 Interagency Pass Volunteer Annual
 

National passes cover recreation fees found at federal recreation areas such as national forests and grasslands. They also can be used at national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands. They cover the use of facilities and services at many day-use sites on US 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.

  • Your best value may be a single-day pass.
  • Or if you’re a frequent visitor to one or more sites, a multi-day pass or annual pass that covers a forest or region may be the best buy.
  • An Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value if you plan to visit many different federal lands across the nation that include lands managed by other federal agencies.
  • You may also qualify for one of the Interagency Lifetime Passes (Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass).
  • The "Every Kid in a Park" pass gives fourth graders free access to 2,000-plus federal recreation sites. Detailed information about that pass is available on the Every Kid site.

The USGS Store provides Frequently Asked Questions about Recreational Passes. For more information about permits and passes, see our national Recreation Fees and Passes website.

Fee-Free Days

The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. The 2018 dates are:

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 Permits

The Forest Service may require recreation permits when extra measures are needed to protect natural or cultural resources, to restrict the number of people participating in the activity at any one time, to provide extra safety or for other specialized services. These permits may be issued to individuals as "Special Recreation Permits." Examples are:

  • Off-highway vehicle riding
  • Boating on designated Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • Rock climbing
  • Wilderness areas that have limited access
  • Shooting ranges
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails

Features

Recreation Fee Program Accomplishments

National Forests in California are using recreation fee revenues to improve and enhance recreation opportunities. See how your fees have made a difference!

Highlights

  • Fee revenues make a difference
    Thank you. Your fees make a difference!

    National Forests in California are using recreation fee revenues to improve and enhance recreation opportunities. See how your fees have made a difference!