Permits & Reservations

PERMITS

There are activities within the monument that require a special permit. This page will provide information about weddings, commercial tours and guiding, educational groups, filming and other special and commercial uses. Some of these activities may require a fee, but not all of them.

SPECIAL USE PERMITS
All permit applications must be received at least 30 days prior to your event for consideration and processing. A special use is any activity within the monument that requires a permit, but does not involve fees paid to a commercial entity. This includes, but is not limited to the following activities:

  • Film and Photography ($50 application fee)
  • Weddings ($50 application fee)
  • First Amendment Activities (No application fee)
  • Public Assembly and Public Meetings ($50 application fee)
  • Ashes Scattering (No application fee)
  • Educational Groups traveling in vehicles longer than 37 feet. (No application fee)

For more information and permit applications, visit the special use permit page.


COMMERCIAL USE AUTHORIZATIONS
All permit applications must be received at least 30 days prior to your event for consideration and processsing. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for a commercial use permit. Commercial use is any use that involves payment of a guide, tour or bus company, or any commercial entity for a service that will take place within the monument. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Fishing Guides (Fee temporarily waived)
  • Commercial Tours ($50 application fee)
  • Film and Photography ($50 application fee)

For more information and permit applications, visit the commercial use authorization page.


WILDERNESS PERMITS AND RESERVATIONS
Wilderness permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry. Permits may available on a first-come first-served basis, or through an online reservation system.


Although we encourage backpackers to acquire their wilderness permits from the Inyo National Forest, the staff at Devils Postpile can issue first come, first served permits for trips originating out of trailheads within Reds Meadow Valley. These walk-in permits are free of charge.

Permits can be issued for the day of entry or the day before (starting at 11:00am). Reservations are not available through the Devils Postpile Ranger Station. Backcountry users interested in obtaining a reservation must use the online reservation system.

Approved bear resistant food storage containers are required for all destinations in the Ansel Adams or John Muir Wildernesses as well as for Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks. Devils Postpile has a limited number of these available for rent for $5.00/week (7 nights), and $2/night after one week. If you need multiple bear cans, please rent them at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center in the town of Mammoth Lakes prior to entering the Reds Meadow Valley.

For the most current wilderness regulations, please call the Inyo National Forest's Wilderness Permit office at the number above or visit the Inyo National Forest's website.


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