Special Recreation Permits

Special Recreation Permits are issued to businesses, organizations, and individuals to allow the use of specific public land and related waters for commercial, competitive, and organized group use.

Special Recreation Permits allow the land stewards to coordinate and track commercial and competitive use of public lands. They also provide resource protection measures to ensure the future enjoyment of those resources by the public.

Application Process

  1. Verify that the activity is going to take place on public lands by contacting the local BLM Field Office in the area of activity
  2. The local BLM office will supply you with an application, checklist and local procedures 
  3. 180 days prior to operation, file the application and items identified on the checklist
  4. The BLM will advise applicant of disapproval or request additional information within 30 days from receipt of application
  5. Documentation required may include an operating plan, a business plan, insurance, maps, other state or local licenses
  6. Contact your local BLM office for more information

This process may take up to 180 days to complete depending upon the complexity of the applicant's operations plan. 

Not all applications submitted receive a permit. Therefore, any action taken before receiving a special recreation permit authorization, such as advertising or expending funds, is premature and at the applicant’s risk.

RAPTOR (permits.blm.gov)

The BLM is piloting the Recreation And Permit Tracking Online Reporting (RAPTOR) system that allows users to apply for, and renew, Special Recreation Permits online in the following offices:  Colorado River Valley Field Office, CO • Grants Pass Field Office, OR • Klamath Falls Field Office, OR • Lakeview Field Office, OR • Sierra Front Field Office, NV • Red Rock - Sloan Field Office, NV • Swiftwater Field Office, OR.  The pilot will continue until at least October 2022, with more offices being added gradually.

Contacts for Special Recreation Permits

Alaska

Anchorage District:

Anchorage Field Office
907-267-1246
Email: blm_ak_afo_general_delivery@blm.gov

Glennallen Field Office 
907-822-3217
Email: blm_ak_gfo_general_delivery@blm.gov


Arctic District:

Arctic District Office
907-474-2200
Email: ArcticDistrict@blm.gov


Fairbanks District:

Central Yukon Field Office
907-474-2200
Email:  blm_ak_fdo_cyfo_generaldelivery@blm.gov

Eastern Interior Field Office
907-474-2200
Email:  blm_ak_fdo_eifo_generaldelivery@blm.gov

Arizona

Arizona Strip District:

Arizona Strip Field Office
435-688-3200
Email: blm_az_asfo_srp@blm.gov

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
435-688-3200
Email:  blm_az_vcnm_srp@blm.gov

Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument
435-688-3200
Email:  blm_az_gcpnm_srp@blm.gov


Colorado River District:

Kingman Field Office
928-718-3700
Email:  blm_az_kfo_srp@blm.gov

Lake Havasu Field Office
928-505-1200
Email:  blm_az_lhfo_srp@blm.gov

Yuma Field Office   
928-317-3200
Email:  blm_az_yfo_srp@blm.gov


Gila District Office:  

Safford Field Office
928-348-4400
Email:  blm_az_sfo_srp@blm.gov

Tucson Field Office
520-258-7200
Email:  blm_az_tfo_srp@blm.gov


Phoenix District Office:

Hassayampa Field Office
623-580-5500
Email:  blm_az_pdo_srp@blm.gov

Lower Sonoran Field Office 
623-580-5500
Email:  blm_az_pdo_srp@blm.gov

California

California Desert District:

Barstow Field Office
760-252-6000
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_BA@blm.gov

El Centro Field Office
760-337-4400
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_EC@blm.gov

Needles Field Office
760-326-7000
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_NE@blm.gov

Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
760-833-7100
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_PS@blm.gov

Ridgecrest Field Office
760-384-5400 
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_RI@blm.gov


Central California District:

Bakersfield Field Office
661-391-6000
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_BK@blm.gov

Bishop Field Office
760- 872-5000
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_BI@blm.gov

Central Coast Field Office
831-582-2200  
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_CC@blm.gov 

Mother Lode Field Office
916-941-3101  
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_ML@blm.gov

Ukiah Field Office
707-468-4000
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_UK@blm.gov


Northern California District:

Applegate Field Office
530-233-4666  
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_AP@blm.gov

Arcata Field Office
707-825-2300
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_AR@blm.gov

Eagle Lake Field Office
530-257-0456
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_EL@blm.gov

Redding Field Office
530-224-2100
E-mail: BLM_CA_Web_RE@blm.gov

Colorado

Northwest District:

Kremmling Field Office
970-724-3000
Email:  BLM_CO_KR_SRP@blm.gov

Little Snake Field Office
970-826-5000
Email:  blm_co_lsfo_web@blm.gov

White River Field Office
970-878-3841
Email:  blm_co_me_srp@blm.gov


Rocky Mountain District:

Royal Gorge Field Office
719-269-8500
Email:  blm_co_rg_srp@blm.gov

San Luis Valley Field Office
719-852-7074
Email:  blm_co_slv_srp@blm.gov


Southwest District:

Gunnison Field Office and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
970-642-4940
Email:  blm_co_gu_srp@blm.gov

Tres Rios Field Office
970-882-1120
Email:  blm_co_trfo_srp@blm.gov

Uncompahgre Field Office
970-240-5300
Email:  blm_co_ufo_srps@blm.gov


Upper Colorado River District:

Colorado River Valley Field Office
970-876-9000
Email:  CRVFO_SRP@blm.gov

Grand Junction Field Office, McInnis Canyon NCA and Dominguez-Escalante NCA
970-244-3000

Florida (Eastern States)

Southeastern States District:

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
561-295-5953
Email:  BLM_ES_JupiterONA@blm.gov

Idaho

Boise District:

Bruneau Field Office and Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
208-384-3300
Email:  blm_id_bruneau_srp@blm.gov

Four Rivers Field Office
208-384-3300    
Email:  blm_id_fourrivers_srp@blm.gov

Owyhee Field Office
208-896-5912
Email:  blm_id_owyhee_srp@blm.gov


Coeur d'Alene District:

Coeur d’Alene Field Office
208-769-5000
Email:  blm_id_coeurdalene_srp@blm.gov

Cottonwood Field Office
208-962-3245
Email:  BLM_ID_Cottonwood_SRP@blm.gov


Idaho Falls District:

Challis Field Office
208-879-6200
Email:  blm_id_challis_srp@blm.gov

Pocatello Field Office
208-478-6340
Email:  BLM_ID_Pocatello_SRP@blm.gov

Salmon Field Office
208-756-5400
Email:  blm_id_salmon_srp@blm.gov

Upper Snake Field Office
208-524-7500   
Email: BLM_ID_uppersnake_SRP@blm.gov


Twin Falls District:

Burley Field Office
208-677-6600
Email:  None 

Craters of the Moon National Monument
208-732-7200
Email:  BLM_id_craters_srp@blm.gov

Jarbridge Field Office
208-735-2060
Email: blm_id_jarbidge_srp@blm.gov 

Shoshone Field Office
208-732-7200
Email:  blm_id_shoshone_srp@blm.gov

Montana/Dakotas

Eastern Montana/Dakotas District:

Billings Field Office
406-896-5013
Email: BLM_MT_Billings_FO@blm.gov

Miles City Field Office
406-233-2800
Email: blm_mt_mc_srp@blm.gov

North Dakota Field Office
701-227-7700
Email: BLM_MT_North_Dakota_FO@blm.gov

South Dakota Field Office
605-892-7000
Email: BLM_MT_South_Dakota_FO@blm.gov


North Central District:

Glasgow Field Office
406-228-3750
Email: BLM_MT_Glasgow_FO@blm.gov

Havre Field Office
406-262-2820
Email: BLM_MT_Havre_FO@blm.gov

Lewistown Field Office
406-538-1900
Email: blm_mt_lewistown_srp@blm.gov

Malta Field Office
406-654-5100
Email: BLM_MT_Malta_FO@blm.gov

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
406-538-1900
Email: blm_mt_umrbnm_srp@blm.gov

 


Western Montana District:

Butte Field Office
406-533-7600
Email: BLM_MT_Butte_FO@blm.gov

Dillon Field Office
406-683-8000
Email: BLM_MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov

Missoula Field Office
406-329-3914
Email: BLM_MT_Missoula_FO@blm.gov

Nevada

Battle Mountain District:

Mount Lewis Field Office
775-635-3000
Email:  blm_nv_ml_srp@blm.gov

Tonopah Field Office
775-482-7800
Email:  blm_nv_to_srp@blm.gov


Carson City District:

Sierra Front Field Office
775-885-6000
Email:  blm_nv_sf_srp@blm.gov

Stillwater Field Office
775-885-6000
Email:  blm_nv_sw_srp@blm.gov


Elko District:

Tuscarora Field Office
775-753-0200
Email:  blm_nv_tu_srp@blm.gov

Wells Field Office
775-753-0200
Email:  blm_nv_wl_srp@blm.gov


Ely District:

Bristlecone Field Office
775-289-1800
Email:  blm_nv_bc_srp@blm.gov

Caliente Field Office
775-726-8100
Email:  blm_nv_ca_srp@blm.gov


Southern Nevada District:

Las Vegas Field Office
702-515-5000
Email:  blm_nv_lv_srp@blm.gov

Pahrump Field Office
702-515-5000
Email:  blm_nv_ph_srp@blm.gov

Red Rock/Sloan Field Office
702-515-5350
Email:  blm_nv_rr_srp@blm.gov


Winnemucca District Office 

Black Rock Field Office
775-623-1500
Email:  blm_nv_br_srp@blm.gov

Humboldt Field Office
775-623-1500
Email:  blm_nv_hr_srp@blm.gov

New Mexico

Albuquerque District:

Rio Puerco Field Office and El Malpais National Conservation Area
505-761-8700
Email:  blm_nm_rpfo_srp@blm.gov  

Kasha-Katue Tent Rocks National Monument
505-761-8700
Email:  blm_nm_kktr_srp@blm.gov

Socorro Field Office
575-835-0412
Email:  BLM_NM_SC_SRP@blm.gov


Farmington District:

Farmington Field Office
505-564-7600
Email:  BLM_NM_FFO_SRP@blm.gov

Taos Field Office
575-758-8851
Email:  BLM_NM TAS_REC_Permits@blm.gov


Las Cruces District:

Las Cruces District Office
575-525-4300
Email:  blm_nm_lcdo_srp@blm.gov

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
575-525-4300
Email:  OMDPNM_SRP@blm.gov

Prehistoric Trackways
575-525-4300
Email:  PTNM_SRP@blm.gov


Oklahoma Field Office
405-579-7100
Email:  blm_nm_okfo_srp@blm.gov


Pecos District:

Carlsbad Field Office
575-234-5972
Email:  blm_nm_cfo_srp@blm.gov

Roswell Field Office and Fort Stanton-Snowy River National Conservation Area
575-627-0272
Email:  blm_nm_rfo_srp@blm.gov 

Oregon-Washington

Burns District:

Andrews Field Office
541-573-4400
Email:  BLM_OR_BU_Mail@blm.gov

Three Rivers Field Office
541-573-4400
Email:  BLM_OR_BU_Mail@blm.gov


Coos Bay District:

Myrtlewood Field Office
541-756-0100
Email:  BLM_OR_CB_Mail@blm.gov

Umpqua Field Office
541-756-0100
Email:  BLM_OR_CB_Mail@blm.gov


Lakeview District:

Klamath Falls Field Office
541-883-6916
Email:  BLM_OR_KF_MAIL@blm.gov

Lakeview Field Office
541-947-2177
Email:  blm_or_lv_srp@blm.gov


Medford District:

Ashland Field Office
541-618-2200
Email:  BLM_OR_MD_Mail@blm.gov

Butte Falls Field Office
541-618-2200
Email:  BLM_OR_MD_Mail@blm.gov

Grants Pass Field Office
541-471-6500
Email:  blm_or_gp_srp@blm.gov


Northwest Oregon District:

Cascades Field Office
503-375-5646
Email:  blm_or_srp@blm.gov

Marys Peak Field Office
503-375-5646
Email:  blm_or_srp@blm.gov

Siuslaw Field Office
551-683-6600
Email:  blm_or_srp@blm.gov

Springfield Inter-Agency Office
541-683-6600
Email:  blm_or_no_mail@blm.gov

Tillamook Field Office
503-815-1100
Email:  blm_or_srp@blm.gov

Upper Williamette Field Office
541-683-6600
Email:  blm_or_srp@blm.gov


Prineville District:

Central Oregon Field Office
541-416-6700
Email:  blm_or_pr_srp@blm.gov

Deschutes Field Office
541-416-6700
Email:  blm_or_pr_srp@blm.gov


Roseburg District:

South River Field Office
541-440-4930
Email:  BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov

Swiftwater Field Office
541-440-4930
Email:  BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov


Spokane District:

Border Field Office
509-536-1200
Email:  BLM_OR_SP_Mail@blm.gov

San Juan Islands National Monument Office
360-468-3754
Email:  blm_or_sp_srp@blm.gov

Wenatchee Field Office
509-665-2100
Email:  BLM_OR_WN_Mail@blm.gov


Vale District:

Baker Field Office
541-523-1256
Email:  BLM_OR_BK_Mail@blm.gov

Malheur Field Office
541-473-3144
Email:  BLM_OR_VL_Mail@blm.gov

Utah

Canyon Country District:

Moab Field Office
435-259-2100
Email:  blm_ut_mb_srp@blm.gov

Monticello Field Office
435-587-1504
Email:  blm_ut_mt_srps@blm.gov


Color Country District:

Cedar City Field Office
435-865-3012
Email:  blm_ut_ccfo_srp@blm.gov

Henry Mountains Field Station
435-542-3461
Email:  blm_ut_rf_srp@blm.gov

Richfield Field Office
435-896-1500
Email:  blm_ut_rf_srp@blm.gov

St. George Field Office
435-688-3200
Email:  blm_ut_sgfo_srp@blm.gov


Green River District:

Price Field Office
435-636-3600
Email:  blm_ut_pr_srp@blm.gov

Vernal Field Office
435-781-4400
Email:  blm_ut_vn_srp@blm.gov


Paria District:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
435-644-1300
Email:  blm_ut_gs_srp@blm.gov

Kanab Field Office
435-644-1200
Email:  blm_ut_kfo_srp@blm.gov 


West Desert District:

Fillmore Field Office
435-743-3100
Email:  blm_ut_fi_srp@blm.gov

Salt Lake Field Office
801-977-4300
blm_ut_sl_recpermit@blm.gov

Wyoming

High Desert District:

Kemmerer Field Office
307-828-4500
Email: Kemmerer_WYMail@blm.gov

Pinedale Field Office
307-367-5300
Email: BLM_WY_PD_SRP@blm.gov

Rawlins Field Office
307-328-4200
Email: Rawlins_WYMail@blm.gov

Rock Springs Field Office
307-352-0256
Email: Rock_Springs_WYMail@blm.gov


High Plains District:

Buffalo Field Office
307-684-1100
Email: Buffalo_WYMail@blm.gov

Casper Field Office
307-261-7600
Email: blm_wy_cp_srp@blm.gov

Newcastle Field Office
307-746-6600
Email:  Newcastle_WYMail@blm.gov


Wind River/Bighorn Basin District:

Cody Field Office
307-578-5900
Email: Cody_WYMail@blm.gov

Lander Field Office
307-332-8400
Email:  Lander_WYMail@blm.gov

Worland Field Office
307-347-5100
Email: Worland_WYMail@blm.gov

Do You Need a Permit?

Consider these questions:

  • Will you be rafting a river that requires a permit?
  • Will you be traveling in a designated Wilderness?
  • Are you charging a fee?
  • Do you expect to make money on the event or is the fee to cover expenses?
  • Will there be a competition?
  • Will you advertise?
  • Will you mark a course?
  • Will you be expecting vehicles at your event? (How many?)
  • Will your event involve public lands?
  • Is anyone being paid to organize, lead, or participate in your activity?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may need a permit from the BLM.

 

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