Wilderness Use Permits


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Get Your Permit

A permit is required year-round for all overnight stays in the Wilderness and must be obtained before backpacking overnight. A wilderness permit allows the permit holder and their group to camp in a designated camp or area. Permits must be obtained in person at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Advance reservations will become available in summer/fall 2022 on Recreation.gov.

Permit Procedures

Wilderness Use Permits must be obtained in person at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Permits may be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of the trip. Due to the time involved, please be ready to begin the process at the visitor's center no later than 3:30 p.m Mountain Time. Please be sure to have at the ready:

  • Your driver's license
  • Your proposed itinerary
  • Your vehicle's license plate number

This will help to expedite the process and have you ready for the trails!

Permit Fees (Beginning January 1, 2022)

  • Reservation Fee: A $6.00 non refundable reservation fee is required for each overnight permit reserved.
  • Overnight Recreation Fee: A $6 per person per night fee is required for each hiker on the permit.
  • Entry into the parks requires a fee or pass
  • Over 96% of the Recreation Fee goes directly to funding Guadalupe Mountains National Park projects that improve the visitor experience.
  • Transfer Policy: Reservations and permits are non-transferable. Only the listed trip leader or alternate leader identified at the time of reservation may be issued the permit. Proof of identity will be required to obtain your permit (acceptable forms of identification include driver’s license, work ID, school ID, credit card, passport, etc.).Discount Pass Policy: America the Beautiful (ATB) Interagency Passes, including Senior, Access and Annual Pass, do not apply to Wilderness Overnight Use Permits.

Permit Reservations (Beginning in late 2022)

When implemented, reservations are encouraged but not required. Advanced reservations for overnight Wilderness trips may be made up to four months in advance. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance of the trip start. Walk-up permits for unreserved sites in the Wilderness may be issued on-site on a first-come, first-served basis at the Pine Springs Visitor Center.

A picture of a tent pad in the wilderness at the Tejas Backcountry Site
One of the tent sites at the Tejas Wilderness Campground.

NPS Photo

General Restrictions and Regulations

Permits are issued on a first come, first serve basis. During peak visitation periods, permits may be in high demand, so plan an alternative itinerary.

The permit authorizes camping ONLY on designated sites in the established wilderness campgrounds. You must choose your campground(s) at the time the permit is issued.

Tents must be pitched on the hardened tent pads available at all campgrounds. The use of hammocks, slacklines, tarps or similar devices tied to natural and/or manmade features is prohibited.

Fires are strictly prohibited (no wood or charcoal). Containerized fuel is the only allowable method to be used for both cooking or waming.

Pets are not permitted in the wilderness.

There are no water stations along the trails and all park water sources are protected and must not be disturbed. Plan to pack in all water needed for your hike. It is recommended to bring one gallon of water per person, per day.

Use Limits

To minimize resource impact, all wilderness campground use limits are based on a standard of:

  • No more than 4 persons per campsite, with either one large tent or two small tents.
  • No more than 3 campsites (10 people) of the same group can occupy a single campground.
  • No more than 2 consecutive nights may be spent at any given campground.
  • Wilderness use permits are issued for a maximum of seven nights.

Learn more about how to prepare for your trip here. Need some advice? Talk to a ranger at the visitor center to assist you with planning your itinerary at 915-828-3251 or email us.

Last updated: November 1, 2021

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