Permits for Backcountry Camping

One visitor with backpack hiking toward trail marker on dune.
As with all of the trails in the monument, you follow the trail marker to marker.

R. Burghart Photo

 

Camping Permit

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 2017/2018

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:

  • 4:00 p.m. November 5 - January 5, 2018
  • 4:15 p.m. January 6 - 19
  • 4:30 p.m. January 20 - February 2
  • 4:45 p.m. February 3 - February 16
  • 5:00 p.m. February 17 - March 10
  • 6:15 p.m. March 11 - March 30
  • 6:30 p.m. March 31 - April 20
  • 6:45 p.m. April 21 - May 11
  • 7:00 p.m. May 12 - August 5
  • 6:45 p.m. August 6 - August 19
  • 6:30 p.m. August 20 - September 2
  • 6:15 p.m. September 3 - September 16
  • 6:00 p.m. September 17 - September 23
  • 5:45 p.m. September 24 - October 7
  • 5:30 p.m. October 8 - October 21
  • 5:15 p.m. October 22 - November 3

Last updated: January 29, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330

Phone:

(575) 479-6124

Contact Us

Tools