Passes & Permits

Recreation Passes & Permits

Image of 2022 Interagency Annual Pass A variety of Federal Recreational Land Passes provide opportunities to help you enjoy your National Forest and can save you money.

Forest Product Permits

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Collecting products on National Forest System lands for commercial and private use requires a Forest Product Permit. Commonly requested permits are for posts and pinecones.

Event/Commercial Permits

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San Bernardino National Forest provides a variety of land use and commercial or organized recreation opportunities which may require a special use permit.

Campfire Permits

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Campfire Permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves. These are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices. Click to learn more about California Campfire Permit.

Fuelwood Permits

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The San Bernardino National Forest allows wood products to be gathered and collected with a permit.

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permit
The San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, and Cucamonga wilderness areas require a free wilderness permit for day hiking and overnight camping.

Recreation Residences

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Summer homes, also referred to as Recreation Residences, have a long tradition on the San Bernardino National Forest. These cabins are not available for rent to the general public. For more information on these Recreation Residences (Summer Homes) permits click above or here.

Research / Collection

Research & Collection
We consider research one of the many allowed uses of public land; however, because National Forests are managed for multiple use, a permit is required to conduct research on Forest Service managed lands. Depending on the type of research you are doing, it may also require a permit.

Outfitter and Guides

Outfitter and Guides Horseback Riding
Information for forms and other information on Outfitter and Guide permits on the San Bernardino National Forest. Also the type activity you are doing may also require insurance.

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 2021 dates are: