Currently, the Fiery Furnace area is open to self-guided exploration permits only. Self-guided Fiery Furnace Exploration Permits are offered on Recreation.gov (read below).
A different kind of hiking
The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, you must accompany a ranger-guided hike or obtain a Self-Guided Exploration permit before your visit.
Hiking in the Fiery Furnace is a different experience from other trails in the park. There are few trail markers, you may encounter dead ends, and it can be easy to get lost. There are small markers for one counter-clockwise route in the Fiery Furnace, but there are many other possible paths, and getting lost is a real possibility. GPS units do not work well due to the towering sandstone walls. Navigating its complex passages requires physical agility and careful observation. To protect the wildlife and plants that inhabit sand dunes and drainages between the rock walls, you will need to choose your steps wisely. We recommend first-time visitors to the Fiery Furnace join a ranger-guided tour or go with someone who has been before.
Fiery Furnace Permits
If you want to enter the Fiery Furnace on your own, you must obtain the permit in advance.
Permits frequently sell out quickly during the busy season.
Fiery Furnace Permit Fees
The cost of Self-Guided Fiery Furnace Exploration Permits are:
Last updated: May 4, 2021