Permits & Reservations


Backcountry Use Permits

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A Backcountry Use Permit (free) must be obtained before backpacking overnight. Backcountry Use Permits must be obtained in person at the Pine Springs Visitor Center, or the Dog Canyon Ranger Station. 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 4:15 pm. Please be sure to have your driver's license ready, your itinerary, and your vehicle's license plate number. This will help to expedite the process and have you ready for the trails!


Special Use Activities

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Special Use Permits are required for short-term activities that take place in the park area which provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. Such activities require written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest; and are not prohibited by law or regulation.

Examples of special park uses include weddings, first-amendment activities, events such as a bike race or meeting, group activities (groups of 20 or more participants) and non-profit organization activities. Each of these activities requires a special use permit that must be acquired in advance.


Commercial Use Authorization

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Permits are required of all individuals, organizations or businesses who lead commercial trips within the National Park, or in other ways receive monetary gain or profit from commercial activities that take place within the park.

Commercial Filming Permits

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Commercial filming and still photography require a film permit.



Campground Reservations

Individual camping sites at the Pine Springs and Dog Canyon campgrounds are not reserveable. All individual campsites are on a first-come first-serve basis. Please be aware that during peak visitation periods: spring break (March/April), fall colors (October/November), holiday weekends, Thanksgiving week, and the Christmas holiday season the campground will fill up on a daily basis.

Group campsites are reserveable for groups of 10 - 20 individuals. Information on making group campsite reservations can be found on our Group Campsite Reservations page.

Last updated: January 10, 2020

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Salt Flat, TX 79847


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