Passes & Permits

Lake Ann in South San Juan Wilderness.Rio Grande National Forest is open, free of charge, for your use and enjoyment. Fees may be charged and permits required for some activities and developed locations. Business permittees, such as campground concessionaires and outfitter guides, may provide services to public land users.

Recreation Passes - Interagency Recreation Passes can provide either free entrance or a discount for certain recreation fees. 

Forest Product Permits - Find information on requirements for collecting Christmas trees, boughs, pine cones, medicinal plants, berries, mushrooms, transplants and more.

Event/Commercial/Special Use/Outfitter-Guide Permits -  Permits are required for certain individual and commercial activities that occur on the forest or grassland. 

Looking for a guide or service? To obtain campground, outfitter guide, and other services from commercial companies who operate through Forest Service permits, please contact them directly.

Scientific Research Request - Federal Regulations mandate that all commercial and non-commercial uses of Forest Lands be accounted for by special use permits. In many cases, research activities may occur without extensive review, but all research proposals require an assessment of whether the action is subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or special use permit. View our Frequently Asked Questions and additional details and here for the Scientific Request form.

Please become familiar with our rules and regulations by reviewing information on our website and by visiting our local offices. Also, take time to read signs and bulletin boards during your visit to the forest.