Individual camping sites at the Pine Springs and Dog Canyon campground are not reserveable. All individual campsites are on a first-come first-serve basis.
Backcountry Use Permits
All backpackers must obtain a free Backcountry Use Permit, issued at the Pine Springs Visitor Center, or the Dog Canyon Ranger Station. Permits will be issued in person only, during normal visitor center hours, and may be obtained the day of, or the day before the proposed trip. Due to the time involved, please be ready to begin the process at the visitor's center no later than 4:15 pm. Please be sure to have your driver's license ready, your itinerary, and your vehicle's license plate number. This will help to expedite the process and have you ready for the trails!
General Restrictions and Regulations
The permit authorizes camping only on designated sites in the established backcountry campgrounds. You must choose your campground(s) at the time the permit is issued. Tents must be pitched on hardened tent pads available at all campgrounds.
Fires are strictly prohibited (no wood or charcoal). Containerized fuel is the only allowable method to be used for both cooking or warming.
Pets are not permitted in the backcountry.
There are no water stations along the trails and all park water sources are protected and must not be disturbed. Please plan to pack in all water needed for your hike. It is recommended to bring one gallon of water per person, per day.
-No more than 4 persons per campsite, with either one large tent or two small tents.
Need some advice? Talk to a ranger at the visitor center to assist you with planning your itinerary. Learn more about how to prepare for you trip here...
Special Use Activities
Examples of special park uses include weddings, first-amendment activities, events such as a bike race or meeting, group activities (groups of 20 or more participants) and non-profit organization activities. Please allow two weeks for the processing of permit applications.
Last updated: October 7, 2019