Backcountry Permits and Reservations
You must have a day-use permit for four-wheel-drive, motorcycle, and bicycle travel on:
All day use permits open at 8 am mountain time the day before the trip.
You must have an overnight backcountry permit for all overnight trips into the backcountry. Permit reservations can be very competetive.
Reservations open at 8 am mountain time.
All day and overnight trips on the rivers require a river permit.
Academic institutions may conduct flatwater and whitewater river trips under a special-use permit.
Horseback Riding, and Pack- and Stock-Use Permits
All pack- and saddle-stock use requires a permit.
Needles Campground Reservations
To make a reservation, visit Recreation.gov, or call 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or +1 518-885-3639 (International).
Special Use Permits
Gatherings and commercial activities in national parks often require a special use permit. Permits ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as minimize conflicts between park visitors and your guests.You need a permit for:
Sample Acknowledgement of Risk Form
Special Use Permit holders may not require clients to sign a waiver of liability statement or form, insurance disclaimer and/or indemnification agreement. They may request or require clients to sign an acknowledgement of risk statement or form prior to participation. You can download a sample. [23k PDF]
If you are a commercial outfitter or tour group leading guided trips into the park, you must obtain a Commercial Use Authorization.
Last updated: March 21, 2023