BLM updates wilderness permit reservation system for King Range NCA


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A forest and meadow amidst rolling hills leading down to the Pacific ocean.

ARCATA, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management, King Range National Conservation Area is updating the wilderness permit reservation system to better serve visitors. The permit system, implemented in 2017, is designed to ensure a wilderness experience free of large crowds with outstanding opportunities for solitude.

Starting October 1, permits for overnight wilderness trips will be sold on a three-month rolling window reservation system. Each day, new permits will be available for dates three months in advance.  For example, on October 1, 2023, permits will open for January 1, 2024; on October 2, 2023, permits will open for January 2, 2024 and so on. Each permit will accommodate up to three people for overnight use. Day use permits are not required.

The new system will not allow reservations to be made for more than three months in advance of the trip.  Visitors will still be able to make reservations for dates fewer than three months in advance, depending on permit availability. Additionally, two “walk-up” permits will be sold daily at the King Range Visitor Center in Whitethorn. Each of these permits will accommodate two persons.

“We are excited to implement the updates to the permit reservation system, which were developed with public feedback, to better meet the needs of visitors and reduce the number of reservations going unused,” said Paul Sever, manager of the King Range NCA.

Detailed information on overnight wilderness visits and reservations is available at the King Range NCA webpage.

For more information about the permit reservation updates, contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Sandy Miles at or by telephone at 707- 986-5415.

The King Range NCA encompasses 68,000 acres of rugged forested public lands along 35 miles of the North Coast.  It was the nation’s first NCA, established in 1970. Recreation visitors enjoy four campgrounds, four coastal access sites, 85 miles of wilderness trails, 24 miles of mountain biking trails and 41 miles of back country roads. In addition to providing for recreation access, the BLM partners with government and private organizations in efforts to conserve critical forest and stream habitats.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.