Passes & Permits

Interagency Passes

Interagency Annual Passes are now honored nationwide at all National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance fees. You can purchase this pass for $80.

Interagency Senior and Interagency Access Passes allow the pass holder to receive 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. The Interagency Senior Pass is $80 for a lifetime pass, $20 for an annual and is available to persons over 62 years of age. The Interagency Access Pass is free to US citizens with a permanent disability. You must show proof of permenant disability to receive the Access Pass.

Sites where the Senior and Access passes entitle holders to a 50% discount.

All Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds.


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.


Every Kid in the Park Passes

         The Every Kid in a Park program was announced by President Barack Obama on February 19th, 2015 and began in the fall of 2015. The pass was designed to allow forth graders and their families the opportunity to explore this country's wildlife, history, and resources for free. In the President's words, the pass was created "because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters - these places are your birthright as Americans."

The free pass is only available to current year forth graders or homeschoolers 10 years of age. It is valid from September 1st of the student's forth grade year to August 31st of the following year. In addition to the child, the pass allows free entrance for anyone in the vehicle for sites that charge per vehicle, or up to 3 adults for sites that charge per person.

To acquire a pass, the forth grader must go online to the Every Kid in a Park homepage and complete a short quiz. A voucher will appear which must be printed out. The voucher itself can serve as the pass, however, parents are encouraged to take their child to a federal land management office to exchange it for a plastic pass (Click Here for a list of valid locations). It is important to note that the child must be present to receive the pass.

More Information

Every Kid in a Park Brochure / Spanish Language

Every Kid in a Park FAQ / Spanish Language



          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.



          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



         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.