Permits & Reservations

Camping in Mojave National Preserve is first-come, first-served everywhere except for the Black Canyon Group and Equestrian campground. Call (760) 252-6108 to make a reservation for the group or equestrian campsite.

Basic Permit Information

Permits are required to conduct various activities.

NOTE: Activities that cannot ensure social distancing will not be permitted at this time.

Nonrefundable Application Fee Type of Special Park Use
$ 91.00
(includes processing costs)
Group recreation with ≥ 7 vehicles or horses or ≥ 25 people; and
Commercial vehicles.
$ 91.00 Commercial filming;
Commercial still photography with sets, props or models; and
Commercial audio recording where members of the public are generally not allowed; involving equipment that requires mechanical transport; involving equipment that requires an external power source other than a battery pack; or requiring management and oversight of the permitted activity.
$ 128.00 Special Events such as sports races, entertainment, ceremonies
$ 73.00 Miscellaneous Special Park Uses, including construction.
n/a Educational groups,
Scattering of human ashes from cremation,
Public assemblies, meetings gatherings, demonstrations, parades, and other public expressions of view with more than 25 persons.

Additional costs include administrative processing, and monitoring. Proof of insurance and posting of a bond may also be required. Allow at least two weeks for group recreational activities. More complex requests will require more time to review; contact the Special Park Uses Office at e-mail us for more information.

Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permits

A Commercial Filming/Still Photography Permit is required for all commercial filming and for still photography that includes the use of sets, props or models.
Amount Fee/Cost
$ 91.00 Application fee
Varies according to the request Administrative processing costs
Varies according to the request Monitoring costs
Varies according to the request Location fees (May be waived for documentary projects with two people, one camera, and one vehicle.)

Proof of insurance and posting of a bond may be required. Contact Mojave National Preserve, Special Park Uses Office at e-mail us for more information and allow at least one month for commercial filming/still photography requests.

Commercial Use Authorizations

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) authorizes appropriate commercial services to Preserve visitors in limited circumstances. A CUA may be issued only for services that:
  • Are determined to be an appropriate use of Mojave National Preserve;
  • Will have minimal impact on park resources and values; and
  • Are consistent with the purpose for which the Preserve was established, as well as all applicable management plans, park policies and regulations.
Commercial uses include businesses that provide any or all goods, activities, services, agreements or other things offered to the general public which take place at least in part in the park, uses park resources, and are undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation, whether or not such entity is organized for purposes recognized as non-profit under local, state or Federal law. Commercial service providers may not require waivers of liability, but may have their customers agree to a Visitor's Acknowledgement of Risk (92.30 KB PDF). All Commercial Use Authorization holders must complete and submit monthly and annual survey reports.

Costs include a non-refundable application fee and possible administrative monitoring. Proof of insurance is required; instructions are provided in the application form. Posting of a bond might also be required. Contact the Special Park Uses Office at e-mail us for more information

Cost Recovery
Costs include a non-refundable application fee of $305.00 and possible administrative monitoring. All fees and costs must be paid before a permit may be issued.

Payment Options
Permit fees and costs may be paid by electronic transaction or check.
To pay by credit card, submit the application, then email us for a reference number. This number is required for all Mojave National Preserve transactions in
To pay by check, submit payment with the application. Make checks payable to National Park Service.

Forms & Inquiries
Special Use Permit Application
Commercial Vehicle Special Use Permit Application
Commercial Filming/Still Photography Short Form Application
Commercial Filming/Still Photography Long Form Application
Commercial Use Authorization Application
Commercial Use Authorization Monthly Survey Form
Commercial Use Authorization Annual Survey Form
Visitor's Acknowledgement of Risk (92.30 KB PDF)

For more information, submit your inquiry in an email.

Scientific Research & Collecting Permit
A permit is required to engage in research activities within the park. To apply for a research and collecting permit, visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System webpage. The RPRS website has information on necessary procedures and requirements.

Last updated: January 14, 2021

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