Recreation Passes & Permits
The Recreation Fee Program, which includes the Adventure Pass, helps:
- Conserve, protect, and restore natural and heritage resources
- Enhance the visitor experiences by improving recreation opportunities and services
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! Here you will find mountains as high as 11,500 feet, canyons, vast forests, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and streams, and a wealth of recreation activities—all waiting for you.
On the San Bernardino National Forest, you can enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, off-highway vehicle travel, picnicking, winter snow play, cross-country skiing and many other activities.
Your national forest lands are a unique and precious resource, yours to enjoy and take care of so that they will always be there...for present and future generations.
- Forest Adventure Pass Daily Pass—Costs: $5 per day
- Forest Adventure Pass Annual Pass—Costs: $30 Annually
Many of the facilities and services in San Bernardino National Forest are free. Some areas and facilities do require the Adventure Pass or other fees to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.
Learn more about the Adventure Pass program and other recreation passes that might meet your needs as you enjoy your public lands.
National Recreation Passes
National passes also known as America the Beautiful (ATB) passes are 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 and expanded amenity fees.
There are several recreational pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year.
- Your best value may be a single-day pass.
- Or if you’re a frequent visitor to one or more sites, a multi-day pass or annual pass that covers a forest or region may be the best buy.
- You may also qualify for one of the Interagency Lifetime Passes (Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass).
- The "Every Kid Outdoors" pass gives fourth graders free access to 2,000-plus federal recreation sites. Detailed information about that pass is available on the Every Kid Outdoors site.
- Active military personnel and their dependents also qualify for an Interagency Annual Military Pass.
- An Interagency Annual Pass aka America the Beautiful 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.
The USGS Store provides Frequently Asked Questions about Recreational Passes. For more information about permits and passes, see our national Recreation Fees and Passes website.
Digital Passes For Adventure Pass Fee Sites Now Available
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).
Please select from the following options to learn more.
You can help protect the forest from wildfires by knowing and following rules for the safe use of fire. You must obtain a California Campfire Permit if you plan to build a campfire in a yellow post site or use a stove, unless you are in a developed recreation area (campground or picnic area). Remember, wood and charcoal fires are never permitted outside yellow post sites, picnic areas or campgrounds on the San Bernardino National Forest.
Permits are available online at the California Campfire Permit website or at offices of the San Bernardino National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management, and CAL FIRE Riverside. Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest and change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, before each visit check with the Forest Service for current campfire restrictions. If you smoke outside a vehicle, be sure you do so within a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
The San Bernardino National Forest has eight designated Wildernesses: San Gorgonio, Cucamonga, San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, Bighorn Mountain, Cahuilla Mountain, South Fork San Jacinto, and part of the Sheep Mountain wilderness, area. Maps of these areas are available for purchase at ranger stations. Wilderness permits are not required, but the Forest Service strongly recommends you to obtain a Wilderness Permit before going into any of San Bernardino National Forest’s eight wilderness areas. The permit system benefits both you and the wilderness area by helping the Forest Service monitor visitor usage and environmental impacts.
Overnight visitors who obtain a permit and pre-arrange a campsite will improve their experience by ensuring the greatest amount of solitude, and they will gather valuable information on trails, water availability, area closures, fire conditions and responsible recreation (i.e. Leave No Trace principles).
Wilderness Permits also provide a record of visitors to the area, which enables the Forest Service to monitor whether all visitors return. This record has proven valuable in search-and-rescue operations for lost or injured hikers. If you choose not to obtain a Wilderness Permit, it is highly recommend you leave your itinerary with a friend or family member.
Signs leading to wilderness areas may have outdated information about permit requirements, which the Forest Service is actively working to correct.
- Wilderness permits can be reserved up to 3 months in advance.
- The number of people admitted to the Wilderness is limited—on some summer weekends,
- Wilderness areas fill to capacity well in advance. The best advice is to plan ahead.
- Wilderness permits for the San Gorgonio Wilderness can be requested by completing the San Gorgonio Overnight Wilderness Permit.
- Cucamonga Wilderness Permit can be requested by completing the Cucamonga Day Hike or Overnight Wilderness Permit.
- Wilderness permits for the San Jacinto Wilderness can be requested by visiting the Forest Service Volunteer Association webpage and reading San Jacinto Wilderness Permit Information
- Please contact the local Ranger Station for the area you plan to visit.
When camping in the Wilderness, lightweight gas stoves are recommended. Wilderness permits cover use of your gas stove. Fires are not permitted in Wilderness areas in the San Bernardino National Forest.