Regulations & Permits
Rules put in place by the US Forest Service and the Nevada Division of State Parks help reduce user conflicts, mitigate environmental damage, and improve the trail experience for all users. Please respect the following regulations.
- In general, trail users must camp within 300 feet of the trail corridor and at least 200 feet away from water sources and 100 feet away from trails. Please see the Camping Regulations page (link) for more detailed information.
- Camping is prohibited at trailheads.
- All camping within the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is restricted to three established campsites: Marlette Peak, Hobart and North Canyon Campground.
- Camping in Desolation Wilderness is by permit only (see permits below)
- Bear proofing of all smellables (food, hygiene products, etc.) is required on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The preferred and most successful method is to utilize a bear canister.
- Campfires on the Tahoe Rim Trail and in the Tahoe Basin are generally prohibited. Campfires are allowed in the Meiss Management Area and the Mt. Rose Wilderness Area only when fire restrictions are NOT in place. The most recent information about fire restrictions can be found here.
All trail users entering Desolation Wilderness or using a campfire or campstove will need to obtain permits. Please respect the permit system to protect wilderness resources and mitigate wildfire risk.
- The only location on the Tahoe Rim Trail requiring a permit for day use is Desolation Wilderness. Permits are free, self-issued and available at all trailheads entering the wilderness. For more information on Desolation Wilderness click here.
- A permit and quota system is in place for overnight camping in Desolation Wilderness. All overnight permits must be obtained well in advance of your trip through recreation.gov, or in person at a USFS visitor center. For more information on overnight permits for Desolation Wilderness click here.