The entrance fee is $5.00 per person for adults 16 years of age and older. This fee is good for 7 days. Be sure to check our Fee Free days announcements via this link: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Fee envelopes are available at all trailheads or at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Fees may be paid by credit card at the visitor center. Fill out the appropriate information on the front of the green fee envelope, place cash or credit card receipt in the envelope, seal, and remove the detachable stub. Deposit the fee envelope at any trailhead collection safe, and display the detachable stub on the vehicle dashboard.
Please Note: Senior, Access, Park, National Park, Golden Age and Golden Access Passes cover entrance fees, however, please fill out an envelope and write the pass type and number in the space provided. These envelopes are located at the Pine Springs Visitor Center and McKittrick Canyon, as well as at all the trailheads. Learn more about the passes here.
Backcountry Camping Permits
These permits are available free of charge at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. To obtain a backcountry permit please allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete the process. Due to the time involved, please be ready to begin the process at the visitor's center no later than 4:15 pm. Please be sure to have your driver's license ready, your itinerary (maps of the campsites are located here), and your vehicle's license plate number. This will help to expedite the process and have you ready for the trails!
*As you make your hiking plans, please note that staying in a backcountry camp site for more than three consecutive nights or having camp fires is prohibited. There is water at the trailhead of Pine Springs, McKittrick Canyon, and Dog Canyon. There are no water stations along the trails and all park water sources are protected and must not be disturbed. Please plan to pack in all water needed for your hike. It is recommended to bring one gallon of water per person, per day.
Entrance fee waivers are available to groups when the purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational. More...