Permits for Backcountry Camping
There are ten primitive backcountry camping sites available on a first-come first-serve basis. Because of the possibility of a monument closure due to missile testing on the adjacent missile range, we do not allow advanced reservations.
To camp, you must obtain a backcountry camping permit in person at the visitor center. A specific campsite will be assigned when the permit is issued. There is a cut-off time for issuing backcountry camping permits that varies throughout the year. Please refer to the permit cut-off times at the bottom of this page.
You must vacate your site by 1 p.m. the following day. If you wish to renew your permit, you must do so in person at the visitor center the following day.
Groups are limited to no more than six people per site. Groups with seven or more should contact us to make other arrangements at least two weeks in advance.
Permit Cut-Off Times for 2017
It is easy to get lost in the dunes after dark, and you are to be in your campsite by sunset. This is the reason permits are no longer issued each day after following times:
Last updated: May 5, 2017