• Temples and Towers of the Virgin

    Zion

    National Park Utah

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  • Fire Restrictions

    Fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and charcoal fires in Watchman and South Campgrounds are in effect. More »

  • Trail Closures

    Monday to Thursday through 9/18: The East Rim Trail from Weeping Rock to Echo Canyon, including Hidden Canyon, is closed.
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Backpacking

Hikers on the east side
 

With over 90 miles of trails, 37 designated backpacking sites, several at-large backpacking areas, and 124,400 acres of designated wilderness, Zion National Park offers a variety of unique backpacking opportunities.

Backpacking trips into the wilderness requires advanced planning. When planning your trip, consider your interests, time, and ability level of you and your group. There is no "one best trail." Use the Wilderness Guide, this website, guidebooks, and topographic maps to choose your wilderness experience.

Wilderness permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips. Permits are issued at both visitor centers the day before or the day of your trip. Reservations for a permit can be made up to three months in advanced.

 
 
 

Did You Know?

Zion Mount Carmel Tunnel in 1930, Zion Museum Collection, ZION 12366-59

When dedicated on July 4, 1930, the 1.1 mile Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was the longest tunnel in the United States. More...