Backcountry Use Permit
General Restrictions and Regulations
All backpackers must obtain a free Backcountry Use Permit, issued at the Pine Springs Visitor Center, or the Dog Canyon Ranger Station. Permits will be issued in person only, during normal visitor center hours, and may be obtained the day of, or the day before the proposed trip.
Permits are issued on a first come, first serve basis. During peak visitation periods permits may be in demand, so plan an alternative itinerary.
The permit authorizes camping only on designated sites in the established backcountry campgrounds. You must choose your campground(s) at the time the permit is issued. Tents must be pitched on hardened tent pads available at all campgrounds.
Fires are strictly prohibited, both wood and charcoal. Containerized fuel is the only allowable method to be used for both cooking or warming.
Pets are not permitted in the backcountry.
To minimize resource impact, all backcountry campground use limits are based on a standard of:
Did You Know?
More than 300 bird species are known to frequent Guadalupe Mountains National Park; there are more than 40 species alone that nest in McKittrick Canyon. With several unique life zones and a myriad of habitats, the park is a birder's paradise.