Permits and Reservations

Letter to Commercial Use Permit Holders and Applicants Please Read.


  • No advance reservations are required to enter Pinnacles National Park.
  • Reservations for the Pinnacles Campground can be made at All reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.


Special Use Permits
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service in order to protect park resources, the public interest and their park experience. Special use permits are required for events such as weddings, ceremonies, First Amendment activities, scattering cremation ashes, festivals, concerts, cultural programs, sporting and public spectator attractions.

  • Download a Special Use Permit Application.
  • Make sure you read the conditions of the permit before you arrive in the park.
  • There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee for all Special Use and Commercial Use Authorization permits for Pinnacles National Park. This includes non-profit applications. There is no application fee associated with First Amendment permits.

Commercial Photography and Filming Permits
Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit. Permits are not required for visitors using cameras for personal use, or for film or video news crews at breaking news events.

Commercial Use Authorization Permits
Any commercial, noncommercial, or nonprofit groups operating in the park or using park resources must have a commercial use authorization (CUA) permit if their activities result in monetary gain for any individual, organization, or corporation. If the amount of money collected from all members of the group exceeds the actual expenses of the trip, the trip is classified as CUA. This includes educational institutions. A CUA is issued for a period of one year. Upon review of the permittee’s annual report for compliance, a CUA can be renewed.

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Processing Time
Applications for special use permits must be received no later than 30 days in advance to allow for processing comments and compliance review. Applications received less than 30 days in advance may be denied. First amendment rights applications must be received five days in advance to allow processing comments and compliance review. Applications for large group activities that occur within the park should be submitted at least 6 months in advance to allow for processing, comments, compliance, and authorization to advertise the event.

Entrance Fees
Once a permit has been approved and issued, most park entrance fees are not waived for the permittee and participants. Upon arrival to Pinnacles, entrance fees will be collected in accordance with federal recreational fee guidelines, including the use of an individual’s Federal Recreation Passes. Carpooling is always encouraged. Commercial Use Authorization Permit entrance fees are covered for their staff only by the $200.00 annual administrative fee.

Last updated: January 9, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043


(831) 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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