Know before you go! Backcountry/Wilderness permits are required for some locations and are voluntary (but highly recommended) for other locations. See the table and list of commonly asked questions below to find out if you need a permit for your trip.
Where Permits are Required
Use the table below to determine if a Backcountry/Wilderness Permit is required for your trip and where you can obtain the permit.
How to Fill out a Permit:
Filling out a permit provides us information in case of a search and rescue, and provides visitors with a list of rules which must be followed while camping in Death Valley.
Submitting a permit with your trip itinerary WILL NOT initiate a search and rescue if you are overdue. Tell a friend or family member when you expect to return from the Wilderness/backcountry. Instruct this person to contact Death Valley’s Emergency Dispatch at (760) 786-2330 if you do not return from your trip. Prior to your trip, please review our safety information.
Where can I get a permit?
All permits are available in person at Furnace Creek Visitor Center (8:00 am to 5:00 pm). Except for designated roadside camping along Echo, Hole in the Wall, Cottonwood, and Marble Roads— permits can also be obtained 24 hours/day at a self-serve kiosk outside Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station or online.
Why are permits being required in these areas?
Last updated: February 16, 2023