If you want to stay overnight at any backcountry site, you will need to get a backcountry permit. These are free, and issued in-person at Hiouchi Visitor Center or Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center no sooner than 24-hours ahead of time. For our staff to provide quality safety and trip information, backcountry permits will not be issued less than 30-minutes before the visitor centers close.
Then with your camping options in mind, request a free a backcountry permit. These are given in-person up to 24-hours in advance from either the Hiouchi or Kuchel Visitor Centers. Reservations over the phone are not permitted. Permits are limited, and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Backcountry users must be at the visitor centers more than half an hour before the facilies close.
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Backcountry: Ethics & Regulations
While specific regulations apply to those on bicycles and horseback, all backcountry users should adhere to Redwood National & State Park regulations and are further encouraged to follow Leave No Trace guidelines to minimize their impact. Leave No Trace is rooted in scientific studies and common sense. The message is framed under seven Leave No Trace Principles presented below with accompanying regulations and guidelines specific to Redwood National & State Parks:
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Last updated: December 18, 2019