Permits for Special Park Uses
Permits & Reservations
Four lodges operate within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, including two that are open year-round.
Make reservations at Recreation.gov. Reserve standard sites up to six months in advance, or group sites up to a year in advance.
Learn more about the parks' 14 campgrounds and choose one that's right for you.
Wilderness permit reservations are available for the 2017 season. Plan your trip today!
Film and Photography Permits
Information about who needs a permit and how to apply
Scientific Research & Collection Permits
An annual permit is required to conduct scientific research or collecting in these parks. Learn more here.
Explore underground! Tickets for Crystal Cave Tours are sold by our partner, the Sequoia Parks Conservancy.
Trips inside the park are free, but you'll want to make reservations for trips from Visalia and Three Rivers.
Planning to climb Mt. Whitney? Look here for information to help you plan your hike.
Special Use Permits
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Applications for permits should be submitted well in advance, preferably two-to-three months before the event, for consideration and processing.
Special Permit Applications and Guidelines
Demonstrations (also referred to as First Amendment Permits)
Demonstration / First Amendment Location Maps
Commercial Use Authorizations
What types of activities are authorized in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks under a CUA?
View the list of commercial use authorization holders for 2016 for information about commercial tours and services in these parks. The National Park Service does not endorse any particular business.
Permit applications should be submitted in advance, preferably two months before an event, for consideration and processing.
For more information regarding CUA permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call (559) 565-4235 or e-mail the Commercial Services Office with the subject line "CUA."
Other Permits and Licenses
Certain activities require permits because they may impact the park resources or affect the experience of other visitors. Permits are a tool used by the National Park Service to ensure oversight of certain activities and, in some instances, to recoup the costs of oversight.
The activities listed below require either a permit or license: