Desolation Wilderness: Permits

June 2020 - Important Changes for Overnight and Day Visitor Use

  • Overnight Permits are still required.
  • 100% of permits are reservable online in advance at www.recreation.gov.
  • Permits must be booked at least one day in advance. NO permits are available on the day of your visit, as there have been in the past. A phone app is available for booking permits via www.recreation.gov

The need for paper Day Use Permits is temporarily suspended in Desolation Wilderness for the 2020 season, due to the current COVID-19 situation. Signs are posted at trailheads with information and regulations.

Please abide by the following regulations intended to preserve wilderness character:

  • NO CAMPFIRES/CHARCOAL
  • Leave No TracePack It In/Pack It Out
  • Bury Human Waste 6-8” deep and 200’ away from water
  • No Bicycles or Mechanized Vehicles
  • Group Size of 12 or less
  • Control Your Dog

COVID-19 Accommodations are to keep six feet away from other visitors, minimize group size, and step off the trail as other persons pass.

  • Permits - Required year-round for both day and overnight use. Fees for overnight camping apply year-round.
  • Group size - Limited to 12 people.
  • Reservations - Visitors may now reserve overnight permits online by visiting  www.recreation.gov. Reservations may be made six months in advance.
  • 2019 Recreational Opportunity Guide (ROG)
    (PDF 5,299 KB)

Visitor Information and Trip Planning

Permit offices remain closed, but virtual services for trip planning are available.

Eldorado National Forest – Call 530-647-5415 for more information 7 days/week, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit – Call 530-543-2600 (leave message and staff will return your call) M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Taylor Creek Visitor Center – closed at this time





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