Permits & Reservations


Point Reyes National Seashore requires visitors to obtain permits before participating in certain activities, such as backcountry camping, building beach fires, weddings or ceremonies, special events, and commercial filming and photography. Left unregulated, these activities could cause harmful impacts to the park's natural and/or cultural resources or to the enjoyment of the park by other visitors.

No permits or reservations are required for day visits to Point Reyes National Seashore, such as going for a day hike, wildlife viewing, relaxing at a beach, or visiting the lighthouse. If you have general questions about visiting Point Reyes National Seashore, consult our Frequently Asked Questions page or feel free to Contact Us.

Activities that Require a Permit

Following is a list of several, but not all, activities that require a permit, and appropriate contact information.

  • Research specimens collection: Visit the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center's Research page for instructions.
  • Camping: Reservations may be made online at Reservations may also be made by phone by calling toll free 877-444-6777 (TDD: 877-833-6777). Contact the Bear Valley Backcountry Camping desk at 415-464-5100 x2 x5 or by email if you have specific questions about the campgrounds or trails at Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • Beach fires: Visit our Beach Fires page for permits, rules, and restrictions.
  • The following activities require permits through the Special Park Uses office. Thirty (30) days is the minimum amount of time required for processing Special Use Permit applications, and additional time may be needed for more complex events. Contact the Special Park Uses office by email for more information.
    • Special Events including, but not limited, to weddings, sporting events, picnics in the reservable Bear Valley Group Picnic Area, and picnics with more than 25 persons.
    • Scattering of ashes.
    • First Amendment activities.
    • Commercial filming.
    • Commercial photography.
    • Commercial Use Authorizations.

2024 Blackout Dates

Special Use Permits will not be issued for events, including weddings and picnics of over 25 people, on the following dates in 2024:



What is Required to Obtain a Special Use Permit

Standard Event Permit Conditions (144 KB PDF)

Prior to issuance of a Special Use Permit, we generally require the following:



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Commercial Filming

Effective October 28, 2022, the National Park Service rescinded interim guidance that was in place during litigation regarding commercial filming and has returned to longstanding laws and regulations governing commercial filming in parks. Under federal law, all commercial filming that occurs within a unit of the National Park System requires a permit. 



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Still Photography

Some photographers may need to obtain a permit to take still photographs within Point Reyes National Seashore. Click on a question below to learn more.



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Drone Use is Prohibited

In part, under 36 CFR 1.5, launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within boundaries of Point Reyes National Seashore is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.



Please contact the Special Parks Uses office for more information by email.

Standard Event Permit Conditions (144 KB PDF)

Special Use Permit Application Form (NPS Form 10-930) (836 KB MS Word .docx)

Commercial Filming / Still Photography Application Form (NPS Form 10-932) (850 KB MS Word .docx)

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Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (e.g., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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