entrance to camp hart with historic ccc camp sign

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the night, the bright stars, and solitude from your tent or trailer. 

Camping is permitted year-round for up to 14 days only in designated campgrounds, please check our Current Conditions page for seasonal closures. Camping is not allowed on roads or pull-off areas.  

If you would rather enjoy more remote areas of the Refuge, camping is also permitted with a backcountry permit. Backcountry camping requires campers to be at least a 1/2 mile from any road, 1/2 mile from their vehicle, and 50 feet from a water source. No fires are allowed when backcountry camping.  

Camping is free and is on a first come, first serve basis. Vault toilets are available.

Please bring plenty of drinking water for camping in the high desert. Most campgrounds do not have water available for people or animals. Potable water may be available in the Camp Hart Mountain campground unless freezing temperatures prohibit it.