Desolation Wilderness, CA

Reservation Fee:

A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each overnight permit reserved.

Overnight Use Fee:

A per person use fee is charged for your group when making a reservation for a Desolation Wilderness Overnight Permit. The maximum charge for use fees is $100 per permit.

Person TypeUse Fee
Adult (over 12 years in age)$5 for the 1st night; $10 for 2-14 nights
Child (12 years and younger)Free
Desolation Annual Pass HolderFree

Change Fee:

A $5 change fee, in addition to the per person permit fee, will be charged for change the number of people to your group.

Annual Fee Cards:

An annual pass for Desolation Wilderness Overnight Permit fees may be purchased for $20.00 in person at Forest Service permitting offices. The Annual Pass fulfills the overnight user fee requirements for one calendar year from date of purchase but the holder will still need to obtain a permit and pay the $6.00 reservation fee if reserved in advance. America the Beautiful (ATB) Interagency Passes, including Senior, Access and Annual Pass, do not apply to Desolation Wilderness Overnight Permits


Pyramid Creek and Eagle Falls Day Use Areas are subject to a separate $5 day use fee, which is waived for overnight permit holders. Overnight reservations that have these trailheads as their entry or exit trailhead will receive a parking pass as part of their permit. You must print the parking pass and place it on the dash of your vehicle if parking in these popular day use areas. You may be fined if your pass is not properly displayed.

Changes and Cancellations Policy:


If you cancel your reservation at least 16 days prior to your entry date, all use fees collected will be refunded. The $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable for all reservations. If you cancel your reservation 15 days or less prior to the entry date, none of the fees will be refunded.

No Show Policy:

If you do not cancel and decide not to use your reservation, none of the fees will be refundable. Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to use it as this opens quota space for others.

Change Policy:

  • Changes to your permit are allowed if they are made greater than 14 days before your date of entry. Once your permit is available to print, no changes will be allowed (refer to cancellation policy).
  • Change in the number of people with same dates and destination zone: log onto the website or contact the call center to make changes. A $5.00 change fee will apply (if you are increasing your party size, additional use fees will apply).
  • Changing the date of entry, the number of days, or the first night destination zone: cancel your current permit and reserve a new permit. A $6.00 reservation fee will apply to the new permit reservation.
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