Passes & Permits

  • National Recreation Passes

    National Recreation Passes

    The Interagency Passes are 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.

  • Adventure Passes

    Adventure Passes

    Wherever you live in Southern California, you're just a short drive away from a spectacular wildland adventure - recreating in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests!

  • Wilderness Permits

    Young hiker on a wilderness trail in the mountains

    "Wild" areas can be found within an hour plus drive of downtown San Bernardino. These are areas set aside by Congress to remain untouched - where people can experience the solitude of some of the nation's most beautiful country.

  • 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 mushrooms, posts, poles and rails, and pinecones.

  • Special Use Permits

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    Certain types of uses of public lands require "Special Use Authorizations." These include commercial activities, such as filming, guiding, and events.

  • Campfire Permits

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    Campfire Permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of designated recreation sites. These are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online (printer required). Remember to check for fire restrictions before you go!

  • Recreation Residences

    Recreation Residence Cabins

    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.

  • Research / Collection

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    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

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

  • Digital Passes For Adventure Pass Fee Sites Now Available

    San Bernardin National Forest Digital Pass QR Code

    The San Bernardino National Forest is now offering digital passes for recreation fee sites! Purchase a day use digital pass prior to your visit or onsite at one of our fee locations (cell coverage dependent).

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 2023 dates are:

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    MLK Day - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy.

  • President's Day

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Since its founding and the support from President Theodore Roosevelt, the USDA Forest Service has maintained a relationship with the office of the highest elected official in the country.

  • National Get Outdoors Day

    The U.S. Forest Service is inviting families to join thousands of forest explorers for a free, fun-packed day of outdoor adventures in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.


  • Juneteenth

    The U.S. Forest Service is inviting families to join thousands of forest explorers for a free, fun-packed day of outdoor adventures in celebration of Juneteenth.

  • National Public Lands Day

    National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands.

    Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

  • Veterans Day

    In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"