Welcome to the AVA website

The Angeles Volunteer Association (AVA) is a public service organization dedicated to the preservation and care of the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.  Our volunteers assist the U.S. Forest Service in its efforts to maintain forest/monument resources and to provide visitors with opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing. AVA was founded in 1993 and is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Currently, most activities of the Angeles Volunteer Association occur in the San Gabriel River Ranger District.  This is the area of the National Forest north of the cities of Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas and Claremont.

Forest and Monument Information

Important reminders for anyone visiting the Angeles National Forest or the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument:

There will be five free days when visitors to the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel
Mountains National Monument will not need to purchase an Adventure Pass:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 16
Presidents Day on Monday February 20
National Get Outdoors Day on Sunday June 11
National Public Lands Day on Sat. September 30
Veterans Day Weekend on November 11-12
Adventure Pass  
The National Forest Adventure Pass was developed to assist the four National Forests in Southern California -- Angeles, San Bernardino, Los Padres and Cleveland -- in keeping with your ever growing recreation demands. 
This program allows the forest to collect fees in the form of a recreation use pass, available for daily or yearly purchase and reinvest 80% of those fees in your favorite recreation areas on the forests. 
The pass is designed to be displayed in your vehicle while parked for recreation purposes in a High Impact Recreation Area. Effective June 2005, some more remote areas of the forests do not require purchase of an Adventure Pass. Please note that certains locations such as campgrounds may require payment of a special fee. To view the Angeles National Forest map (.pdf) showing High Impact Recreation Areas please click here.
Adventure Passes are on sale at local vendors and the following Forest Service locations:
San Gabriel River Ranger District District Office (in Glendora)
Crystal Lake VIS
Mt. Baldy VIS
"The Gateway" (San Gabriel Entrance Station)
San Gabriel Canyon OHV area.
    Fire Safety:    Wilderness Permits:    Pets:
 Wood fires and barbeques are allowed only within a Forest Service developed recreation site. (A developed recreation site is one that has a Forest Service metal fire ring and/or BBQ grill installed.) Outside developed recreation sites, a portable stove or lantern with propane, butane, petroleum gas or jellied fuel may be used only by persons with a valid California Campfire Permit. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or designated area, is prohibited.   A wilderness permit is required for entry into the Cucamonga Wilderness.  Permits can be obtained through the District Office during the week or at the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center on weekends.  A wilderness permit is required for entry into the Sheep mountain Wilderness from the East Fork.  Permits may be obtained Friday through Sunday at the San Gabriel Canyon Gateway.  Dogs must be on a leash at all times when in the National Forest.
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