Lassen Volcanic National Park Wilderness Permits

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park, located in northeastern California, is part of the National Park Service, within the Department of the Interior. The over 100,000- acre park is situated 130 miles north of Sacramento at the southern end of the Cascade Mountain Range. Established in 1916, Lassen Volcanic is the fifteenth national park established by Congress, making it one of the oldest in the nation. Come see the steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered.

At Lassen snow arrives early and stays late. Jagged features are made smooth by deep blankets of snow, yet far below the surface, a fire still burns. Eroded volcanic remnants, U-shaped valleys, and roaring steam vents illustrate Earth’s endless cycle of creation and destruction. Woven into this dramatic landscape are timeless stories of survival, renewal, and discovery.

The summer season (July through September) is short, but affords to greatest access and selection of activities. The park is usually snow-covered in the winter months; road access is limited and nearly all activities involve snow. Learn about visiting in each season. 

Permit & Season Information

This permit allows the permit holder and their group to overnight camp within the desiganted wilderness areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Reservations can be made online, year-round, 90-days before trip start date on a rolling basis. Reservations open daily at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time. Making separate reservations for each night is not necessary. One permit/reservation per trip. 

Your reservation confirmation email will serve as your permit. You are NOT required to pick up a physical permit in person.

Need to Know

Fee Policy

Administration fee: There is a $6.00 non-refundable administration fee.

Recreation fee: There is a $5.00 per person per trip recreation fee required (15 years and under free).

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: The permit holder may cancel their permit at any point prior to permit issuance/printing. Only the $5 per person recreation fee is refundable.

Change Policy: Once created, the permit holder may modify their permit. if the permit holder would like to change their start date, they will be required to cancel their existing reservation and book a new reservation.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

PO Box 100 Mineral CA 96063

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