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Lassen Volcanic to Offer Online Backcountry Permit System

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News Release Date: December 20, 2022

Contact: Kevin Sweeney, 530-595-6130

MINERAL, Calif. – Backcountry campers visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park will be able to plan trips and obtain backcountry permits online via beginning January 17, 2023. 


The new online permit system replaces the paper-based system that required in-person registration and is currently in place at many national parks throughout the country. The new system will improve the effectiveness and timeliness of communicating important safety information from wildlife concerns to weather and fire hazards. It will also provide park managers with better data to preserve and protect these special places. 


“We are excited to make the process of getting a backcountry permit more convenient for our visitors,” said Lassen Volcanic Superintendent Jim Richardson. “Replacing the outdated paper-based permit system improves safety, communication, and is a step forward in managing Lassen Volcanic for future generations. Visitors will be able to obtain a backcountry permit from their home, or even from their cell phone while on their way to the park,” he added. 


The non-refundable reservation fee for acquiring an online backcountry permit is $6 per permit. An additional $5 per person, per trip, recreation fee will directly benefit Lassen Volcanic in managing and improving trails, providing wilderness patrols, and monitoring natural and cultural resources. There are no fees for visitors 15 years old and younger. Visitors planning their overnight backcountry trips at Lassen Volcanic should know that there are unlimited permits available. Permits are only required for overnight stays and not for day hikes. 


For more information about backcountry camping at Lassen Volcanic, please visit: 

For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or e-mail us; or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.  


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NPS Photo: Backpackers hit the trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Last updated: December 21, 2022

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