Pamelia Limited Entry Area Permits

A Limited Entry Area Permit is required for overnight and day visits to the Pamelia area of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

Map of Pamelia Limited Entry Area (pdf ~ 768 kb)

How to Get a Permit

  • Get a permit for Pamelia Limited Entry Area from the National Recreation Reservation System. 

  • Be prepared to supply the following information:

    • Proposed arrival and departure date
    • Credit/debit card, to pay the $6 reservation fee
    • Number of people in your group (not more than 12)
    • If a large group (8-12 people), your overnight destinations within the Pamelia Limited Entry Area

Advance Reservations

  • Starting on May 1, 2013, advance reservations of Limited Entry Area permits for the Pamelia Limited Entry Area are ONLY available through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
  • Advance reservations will no longer be issued at  Detroit Ranger Station.
  • Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance.
  • Reserve a permit for Pamelia Limited Entry Area

Day-of-Trip Permits

  • If quota space is available, visitors can pick up a permit on the day a trip begins at Detroit Ranger Station. The $6 processing fee still applies; credit cards only.
  • Day-of permits also continue to be available on www.recreation.gov.
  • Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance.

Summary of How to Get a Permit 

With NRRS In the past, prior to 2013
Reservations for the entire summer are available May 1 Permits available 30 days before start of trip
Permits are available first come, first served (no change) Permits are available first come, first served

Permits available:

 
Permits only available at Forest Service offices (8:00am – 4:00pm)
Permits printable at home or sent via mail Permits only picked up at Forest Service offices
$6.00 processing fee per permit No cost for permits

Questions & Answers About Pamelia Limited Entry Permits

Q: I need to change the dates of my permit, will I have to pay another $6.00 processing fee? 
A: Yes. You will need to cancel your existing permit and make a new reservation for the new dates of your trip. We recommend you make your new reservation first, to ensure there are permits available. 

Q: I need to add more people to the permit, will I have to pay another $6.00 processing fee? 
A: No, as long as your new group size is within the group size limits of your permit. For small group permits, your group can be between 1-8 people, and changes within this range are free. The same is for large group permits, between 9-12 people. 

However, if your permit is for a small group, and now you need a large group permit (or vice versa), you will have to make a new reservation for the large group and cancel your small group permit.We recommend you make your large group permit reservation first to ensure there’s permit space available, before you cancel your small group permit.

Q: What happens if I need to cancel my reservation? Will I get the $6.00 processing fee back?
A: No, the $6.00 processing fee is non-refundable.

Q: I learned there was too much snow to get up to the trailhead for the dates I reserved. Will I be able to change my reservation?
A: No. To change the dates of your trip, you will have to make a new reservation for the new dates of your trip.

Q: My group can no longer go on a trip we have a permit for; should we cancel our reservation?  
A: Yes, we encourage you to cancel your reservation so space will be made available to others who wish to make reservations.  There is no cost to cancel a permit (however, the original reservation fee is non-refundable).

Q: I have a small group permit for the Pamelia Limited Entry Area, but now more friends want to join me so there will be 10 of us. Can I change my small group permit into a large group permit?

A: You will need to make a new reservation for the large group and you will need to cancel your small group permit. We recommend you make your large group permit reservation first to ensure there’s permit space available, before you cancel your small group permit.

More questions? Contact Detroit Ranger Station

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