Backcountry Permits and Reservations
You must have a day-use permit for four-wheel-drive, motorcycle, and bicycle travel on:
Day use permits can be reserved at 8 am mountain time the day before the trip on Recreation.gov.
All overnight trips in the park backcountry require an overnight backcountry permit. Overnight permit reservations are very competitive.
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. [177k Accessible 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: January 12, 2024