Passes & Permits

Interagency Passes

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 the Interagency Senior passes or Interagency Access Pass. Below is a list of all the available Interagency Passes and all relevent information. Some passes require purchase while others are free.

Important information for the Sawtooth National Forest:

On the Sawtooth National Recreation Area the concessionaire (private contractor) honors all interagency Senior and Access passes. This entitles campers to a 50% discount for single family sites only. No other discounts are offered, i.e day use fees are not discounted.*

 

Annual Pass

Cost: $80 Annually

Who Qualifies: Anyone can purchace an Interagency Annual Pass.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. Expires the last day of the month punched. 
  • Has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Frequent visitors of multiple federal agency lands may save money by buying an Interagency Annual Pass.

 

Military Annual Pass

Cost: Free

Who Qualifies: Active military personnel and their dependents.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched. 
  • Has two signature lines and can be signed by another active military member or dependent at any time. Both are considered pass holders. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. 
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 people. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

      

       Senior Pass

Cost: Two Pass Options:

  • 1. Annual Senior Pass - $20
  • 2. Lifetime Senior Pass - $80

Who Qualifies:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be 62 years of age or older.
  • Must obtain in person.
  • Must show proof of age, which may be a state driver's license showing birth date, a birth certificate, or similar document.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Senior Annual Pass – Valid for one year from month of purchase. 
  • Senior Lifetime Pass  - Valid for pass holder's lifetime. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • *Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees: 
    • Generally applies to:
      • Single family campsites
      • Highly developed boat launches or swimming sites
      • Guided tours, movies and seminars (pass holder only)
    • Does not apply to:
      • Additional campsites not occupied by pass holder
      • Flat fee for a group campsite
      • Separate fee for utility hookups

 

Access Pass

Cost: Free, lifetime

Who Qualifies:

Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Must have a medical determination and documentation of blindness or permanent disability. 

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Valid for pass holder's lifetime. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. 
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge. 
  • *Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services.
    • Generally applies to:
      • Single family campsites
      • Highly developed boat launches or swimming sites
      • Guided tours, movies and seminars (pass holder only)
    • Does not apply to:
      • Additional campsites not occupied by pass holder
      • Flat fee for a group campsite
      • Separate fee for utility hookups
      • On some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services.

      

       4th Grade Pass

Cost: Free

Who Qualifies: Any 4th grader (or 10 year-old for those who are in alternative school environments) who completes the education material on the Every Kid in a Park website (link is external).

Benefits:

  • Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) who present a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass.
  • Valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September -August).
  • Honored nationwide at Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 people who are 16 and older (for a maximum of four people).  Anyone 15 and younger is free of charge. 

    More Information

    Every Kid in a Park Brochure / Spanish Language

    Every Kid in a Park FAQ / Spanish Language

 

Volunteer Pass

Cost: Free

Who Qualifies: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who individually accrue 250 volunteer hours.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.

  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched.

  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.

At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

 

Where can I go to get a pass?

You can receive passes at all Forest Service, BLM and National Parks nation wide.

You can also buy the Interagency Annual Pass online.

                 Click here to purchase a pass.

 

       Permits

          Before you plan an activity on the Forest, please be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or pass. Common activities that that may require a permit include wood cutting, mushroom picking, rock collecting, cutting a Christmas tree, special-uses, post and pole, ornamental, and accessing the Sawtooth Wilderness Area.

 

       Wilderness

          The Forest Service requires all visitors to the Sawtooth Wilderness to obtain a permit. Groups of eight or more or any stock users must obtain their permit from a Forest Service office. All other   users can self-issue a permit at the trailhead.

Visitors to the White Clouds or Hemingway-Boulders Wildernesses need not have a permit. However, if traveling in a group of 8 or more, they must still contact the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters office or the Stanley Ranger Station.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters: 208-727-5000

Stanley Ranger Station: 208-774-3000

 

      Firewood

         Personal Use Firewood Permits go on sale mid to late May of every years, and are $6.25 per cord with a 4-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. They will be available to     purchase at any Sawtooth National Forest Office and participating vendor. Additional Firewood Information...

 

         Click here for the South End Sawtooth National Forest 2018 Firewood Cutting Map (Minidoka Ranger District)

         Click here for the North End Sawtooth National Forest 2018 Firewood Cutting Map (Ketchum & Fairfield Ranger Districts, Sawtooth National Recreation Area)

 

         Permits will be sold for personal firewood use only.