Permits & Reservations

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Backcountry Permits and Reservations

Backcountry and river permits may be obtained online. Overnight permits must be requested online at least two days before start of trip.

Day-Use Permits

You must have a day-use permit for four-wheel-drive, motorcycle, and bicycle travel on:

  • White Rim Road (Island in the Sky)
  • Elephant Hill, Lavender Canyon and Peekaboo/Horse Canyon roads (The Needles)

Overnight Permits

You must have an overnight backcountry permit for all overnight trips into the backcountry. Permit reservations can be very competetive. Backcountry reservation cancellations will be processed between 11:30 am and 12:00 pm Monday through Friday. Any campsite/zone cancellations released during this time will be immediately available through the permit reservation system.

River Permits

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, or call 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or +1 518-885-3639 (International).

Individual Sites

  • You can reserve individual campsites in Loop B of the Needles campground in spring and fall.

Group Sites

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]


Commercial Use

If you are a commercial outfitter or tour group leading guided trips into the park, you must obtain a Commercial Use Authorization.

Last updated: August 31, 2020

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2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532



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