Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Remains Closed
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public until further notice. More »
A permit is not required for day hiking in the backcountry. You are “permitted” to camp in the backcountry when you park and register at a backcountry registration board. There is no fee.
The rules that govern the placement of fixed anchors are complex. A permit may, or may not, be required depending on a number of factors. Please study the guidelines carefully as you are responsible for following them.
There are two applications for a filming permit: The short form is intended for less complex activities and a crew of ten or fewer people. The long form should be used for activities of greater complexity requiring a crew of more than ten.
Special Use Permits
Special-use permits are required for events such as: weddings, ceremonies, First Amendment activities, festivals, concerts, cultural programs, sporting events, and public spectator attractions. You may download a special-use application form. For questions about special-use permits, call 760-367-5545.
Scientific Research and Collecting Permits
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...