Backcountry camping permits are required for all backcountry camping and may be obtained at the Beaver Meadows/Headquarters Backcountry Office from 7 AM to 7 PM (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily after September 12, 1999) or the Kawuneeche Visitor Center from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Reservations may be made by phone from March 1 to May 15 for anytime during the year. From May 16 to September 30, reservations can only be made by mail or in person. During the winter and early spring when the backcountry is not as frequently used, you may self-register at the Wild Basin Winter Trailhead, Longs Peak Ranger Station, Dunraven Trailhead and Fall River and Beaver Meadows Entrance Stations.
During the busy summer months, if you have a permit reservation, you must pick up the permit by 10 am on the first day of your planned backcountry stay, otherwise, the permit will be cancelled in its entirety, and given to other backpackers. Payment, cash or check, is made when the permit is issued.
For a map to backcountry camp sites, reservations and other backcountry literature,
(970) 586-1242TDD: (for these who are hearing impaired)
If you are planning to hike the backcountry, I highly recommend the book "Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park -- Including Indian Peaks" by Kent & Donna Dannen, 8th edition 1994, published by The Globe Pequot Press. ISBN: 1-56440-375-0. This book has excellent coverage of the backcountry, is very accurate and available at most Park stations for $12.95.