Wilderness Use Permits

A free permit is required for all backcountry and wilderness use (both day use and overnight) including hiking the innercanyon or off established trails, rock climbing and all river use. Permits are available at the South Rim Visitor Center, North Rim Ranger Station and East Portal registration board (located west of the campground). The number of permits available daily is limited, and permits are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If these facilities are closed, there are self registration stations with instructions at each location.

Permits help us monitor use of the wilderness, and to keep tabs on this great resource. They also help us identify potential emergencies by letting us know your expected itinerary.

Please be sure to thoroughly complete the permit with accurate and legible information. While in the backcountry, keep this permit with you at all times. When you have finished your trip, check out with a ranger, or if the building is closed, place your permit in the self registration box.

Permits are not required for any of the following:

  • Established hiking trails including Rim Rock Nature Trail, Oak Flat Loop Trail, Cedar Point Nature Trail, Warner Point Nature Trail, Uplands Trail, Chasm View Nature Trail, North Vista Trail, Deadhorse Trail, Green Mountain Trails
  • Day use anglers and hikers entering the national park from East Portal (all boaters and overnight backpackers do require a permit)

Last updated: August 22, 2017

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102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230


(970) 641-2337 x205

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