Permits for Backcountry Camping

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

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Backcountry Camping Permit

There are ten primitive backcountry camping sites available on a first-come first-serve basis. Because of the possibility of a park 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 Entrance Booth on Dunes Drive. Permits are issued from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm or until all the sites are taken. A specific campsite will be assigned when the permit is issued.

If there is more than one vehicle in your group, we will not issue a permit unless information about all vehicles can be provided (make/model and license plate state and number) at the time the permit is requested.

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 entrance booth the following day.

Groups are limited to no more than six people per site. Groups no larger than 12 people are permitted to acquire two sites. If your group is 13 people or more you will be required to reserve the group use area.

Last updated: May 7, 2022

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