Thank you for your interest in having your activity in Redwood National and State Parks.
When your application is under review we will look at multiple criteria. This includes whether or not there is a meaningful association between the parks and the event, what might be the impacts, and how the activity contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park.
Activities That Need A Special Use Permit
First Amendment ActivitiesFreedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, and in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulation. People may exercise these rights in national parks, but the National Park Service still retains its responsibility to protect park resources and prevent impacts to park visitors.
A first amendment permit is not required for groups of 25 individuals, or less, conducting first amendment activities in the park’s designated first amendment areas.
There are several different first amendment areas designated in the park. Groups of 25, or more, or groups desiring to reserve designated areas in advance, require a permit. The fee for first amendment permits is waived.
Types of activities not considered first amendment include, but are not limited to:
Commercial Use Authorizations
These are required to do business in the park. Please directly contact the parks' permits coordinator.
Places Where Permits are Not IssuedAll areas of Redwood National and State Parks can be applied for, but areas with higher visitation, like Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Stout Grove, Fern Canyon, and James Irvine Trail, are subject to time and size constraits during the peak summer season.
Restricted ActivitiesTo protect the parks' rescources and to not interfere with other park visitors, there are several activities that will not be permitted. The following is just a partial list.
Contact InformationPlease understand that we receive many permit requests and that applying early is important. There is no guarantee that every permit application will be approved.
Ph (707) 465 - 7307
Last updated: June 8, 2023