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Many activities that take place in Death Valley require a permit. The park routinely issues permits for the activities listed below. If your activity is not listed on this page please contact the Special Permits Office if you meet any of the following criteria for a permit.

You must submit your application along with all required documents at least 60 days before your requested dates. Do not expect your application to be processed immediately. All permits are processed in the order they are received. You can expedite your process by making sure your application package (see checklist) is complete before you send it.

Commercial Use Authorizations

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes appropriate commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The following commercial activities are currently authorized in Death Valley National Park. Read the Commercial Use Authorization page for information and applications for CUA's

  • Photography/Art Workshops
  • Guided Hiking
  • Horse & Pack Animal Trips
  • Backcountry Camping
  • Campground Camping
  • Motorcycle Tours
  • Bicycle Tours
  • Guided 4-Wheel Drives
  • Step-On Guide Service
Commercial Bus Tours

Special Use Permits

A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large, and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest. The links below will provide additional information and applications:

Filming/Photography Permits
Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit. Permits are not required for visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for personal use, and they are not required for film or video news crews at breaking news events. The application for photography and filming is required in order to evaluate a permit request.

Research Permits

To apply for a scientific research and collecting permit on the National Park Service's "Research Permit and Reporting System" website, go to the RPRS website. The RPRS website has information on the necessary procedures and requirements.


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