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
  • 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

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:

  • 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 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!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPyBcqYKAfrh-JKR_mA5cnqBuowAAHcARqJ0Y_HgVR-I0P14_C5kJk9-vjN8HPIz83Vb8gNzQ0wiDLBAAiWDdd/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?cid=stelprdb5157638&navid=110000000000000&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Lake+Tahoe+Basin+Mgt+Unit-+Recreation&pnavid=null&position=Not+Yet+Determined.Html&ss=110519&ttype=detail