Doing Business With The Park

Important COVID-19 Notices:

CUA/SUP Permits: Permits must have a COVID-19 Addendum attached, signed by park staff. Please contact for instructions on permit reinstatement. At this time, group size is limited to 10 people total, including the group leader. Park entrance fees for CUA/SUP groups are to be paid at the automated fee machines at either the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or the Stovepipe Wells Visitor Center only.

Scientific Research Permits: we are currently accepting and evaluating research permit applications. Review times might be longer than normal. In addition to standard documents, permit applications should also include an institutional COVID-19 safety plan. Group sizes are currently limited to 10 or fewer individuals. For more information e-mail us.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Do you need a permit?
What kind of permit do you need?

four people taking pictures of mountains and salt flats as a man smiles at the camera

Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)

Photography and arts workshops, guided hiking, guided camping, bicycle trips and aid stations, transportation permits.

Commercial photographer taking picture of desert gold wildflower during the 2016 spring 'superbloom'

Commercial Film and Photography

Film or photography for commercial purposes such as a fashion shoot, filming of a commercial or shows, etc.

A man in a bright jacket stands above a crowd of people and speaks to them

Special Use Permits (SUP)

Weddings, commercial activities and tours, sporting events, and more require a permit.

pupfish being picked out of a blue bucket with a small net

Research Permits

To apply for a scientific research and collecting permit, visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website.

a camper stands next to a tent in desert scenery

Backcountry Permits

Free voluntary permits for private (non-commercial) camping in Wilderness areas.

Last updated: February 16, 2021

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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