Online Permits: Backcountry Camping

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Backcountry Camping

Before applying for a backcountry camping permit, we ask that you research each backcountry site to make sure you are making the right choice that will meet your needs, interest, physical abilities, and time-frame. You can only camp at the specific place and date for where your permit is issued. Be sure to learn about and follow Leave No Trace practices while in the park.

Backcountry camping permits can be requested up to four weeks in advance but no later than 9:00 am two days before your chosen camping date(s). For example, if you want to start camping on March 4, you need to apply by 9:00 am PST on March 2. Permit requests are typically downloaded once daily in the morning due to staffing, so please plan accordingly. There is no guarantee that all permit requests will be granted.

Detailed information about our backcounty campsites:
Little Bald Hills
Flint Ridge
Gold Bluffs Beach
Elam Camp
Redwood Creek Dispersed


Apply for an Online Permit

Take the time to read the information provided for each backcountry camp. They are all very different, located in different parts of the parks and offer different overnight experiences. Find the destination that meets your needs!

Are wanting to hike to and camp at one of our six designated backcountry camps?

Are you prepared to hike to, and set up a dispersed campsite in the backcountry of Redwood Creek?
See what *might be available in the week ahead. Please be aware that what shows in the permit status page is NOT a live update.
Be specific for when and where you want to camp - and be flexible. If you are seeking a backcountry camp and if that place is full, you might be able to get a permit for another camp - if you provided alternatives. You can provide us up to three options.

Use the specific links below:
Redwood Creek Dispersed, 44 Camp and Elam Camp (both near Redwood Creek).
All Other Backcountry Camps.

**Maximum group size per backcountry permit and individual backcountry site is eight (8) people. Parties of more than eight (8) people will need to separate into smaller groups and have multiple permits under different names. Please note that Gold Bluffs is a maximum of 2 groups per night, with a maximum of eight (8) people to each group.

If you are going to have more than one vehicle or have others join you with more vehicles each vehicle needs to be registered for backcountry parking. Please enter all of the vehicles and their information on the forms.
You will receive an email with information about if your permit was issued - or if it was not. Check your junk / spam folders for an email from

If you get issued online backcountry permit, be sure to bring it with you when hiking to / from, or staying at that backcountry campground. As normal, our Law Enforcement Rangers may ask to see your backcountry permit. Another option is to save the backcountry permit's files onto a hand-held device. Be aware that cell coverage is poor at Redwood National and State Parks, and you might not be able to open up any emails about your permit while in the backcountry.

Last updated: August 9, 2021

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