The Lakebed is Closed!

Please help preserve the playa's surface by not riding on the lakebed when wet! 


Obtaining a Permit

Vehicle Entry Permit

  • Each vehicle driven into the area will be required to have a pass. Passes can be a Daily, Weekly, or Season Pass (valid from Oct 1 to Sept 30th).
    Daily Passes are valid from day of purchase until noon the next day. El Mirage does not accept Veterans, Senior, Adventure or National Park Passes due to the recreational activities that are operated in this area. You can purchase a pass from the staff at the Visitor Center, or from the kiosk outside of business hours. A separate permit is NOT required for any vehicles towed into the area. However, if a towed vehicle is later driven in or out of the area a permit will be required.

  • Permits are available for sale on-site using a fee machine. The on-site fee machines take cash and credit cards. Please bring exact amount of the pass, the machines do NOT make change. The fee machines at EL Mirage sell daily, weekly and annual passes. Permits can also be purchased at the Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow Calif

Permit Pricing:
$15 for a one day permit
$30 for a weekly permit


Commercial Filming and Photography Permit

  • For Commercial Filming and Photography permits, please contact Dan Taylor at 909-300-5648 or Sheri Davis at 909-460-8100 ext.102 Mobile: 951-377-7849 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.- with the San Bernardino County Film Commission.
  • If you do not have a permit or permission from Dan Taylor or Sheri Davis, you will not be allowed to film in the park and will be trespassing on Federal property.

  • Permits take 3-5 days to be approved.