Passes & Permits
All passes are currently available online at USGS.gov
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.
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.
Find Interagency Annual Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Access Pass, Every Kid Outdoors Pass, and Volunteer Passes here.
The Sawtooth Wilderness requires a permit. Please call ahead for groups of 8-12 or self issue if less than 8. Find out more about the rules and regulations here.
Personal Use Firewood Permits can be purchased at any Sawtooth National Forest Office or participating vendors.
Christmas Tree Permits can be purchased at Sawtooth National Forest offices, participating vendors, and online at Recreation.gov click on link below.
Sawtooth NRA Temporary Outfitter and Guide Permit Process.
A permits is required for any commercial activity including events with over 75 people, races, etc.
Commercial Filming and Still Photography on the Sawtooth National Forest requires a permit. Find rules, regulations and how to apply.
A special-use authorization is a legal document such as a permit, term permit, lease, or easement, which allows occupancy, use, rights, or privileges of NFS land. The authorization is granted for a specific use of the land for a specific period of time.
When cutting and transporting firewood on or from the Sawtooth National Forest, you must have a printed permit and load tags, which are available at your nearest Ranger Station. Also remember to fill out the log sheet provided on the front of your permit. You must list the date, time and quantity removed from each location before you move your vehicle. Please stay on existing roads and be sure your equipment is in good working condition. Please contact the nearest district office if you have any questions about firewood.