FEE FREE DAYS: San Bernardino National Forest Sets 2017 Dates

Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest will have reason to celebrate with five Fee Free Days in 2017. (Contributed Photo)

By W. Edward Clark

San Bernardino, CA – The San Bernardino National Forest has announced the five Fee Free Days for 2017. They were announced in a media release issued by the Forst Service headquarters in San Bernardino.


The first fee free day takes place on January 18 – Martin Luther King Day.

Recreation fees will be waived at most day-use sites on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Visitors who inadvertently commit to a Daily Adventure Pass on that day can have it replaced free-of-charge.

The four remaining fee free days in 2017 will be:

February 20 – President’s Day

June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day

September 30 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – 12 – Veterans Day


The Forest Service offers visitors a venue for hiking, skiing, scenic drives, and gathering forest products such as mushrooms, firewood and Christmas trees.

While most of this is free, some areas do require fees or permits which help maintain, manage and improve national forests and grasslands.


If you are planning to visit the San Bernardino National Forest, contact your local Ranger Station for information regarding current condition.

Big Bear Ranger Station/Discovery Center – (909) 382-2790

Lytle Creek Ranger Station – (909) 382-2852

Idyllwild Ranger Station – (909) 383-2922

Mill Creek Visitor Center – (909) 382-2882

Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mountains National Monument – (760) 862-9984

For even more information visit SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST online.