Do I Need a Reservation?
We recommend reservations, but they're not required. There can be stiff competition to get a permit for White Rim trips in spring and fall and Needles backpacking trips in spring. For these activities, we recommend you apply as early as possible. Space is limited. If there are any campsites and permits not reserved in advance, we'll make them available first-come, first-served at visitor centers.
How early can I make a reservation?
You can make a reservation no more than four months, and no less than two days, before the permit start date. For very popular sites, you may have to make a reservation at midnight mountain time, exactly four months before the start date.
If you are reserving four months before your start date, you may have to reserve each night separately. When making a reservation, please write the total number of nights you plan to use in the comments section. This way we can link your nightly reservations and only charge one permit fee.
How do I make a reservation?
To check availability or apply for a backcountry permit, visit our online reservation system at canypermits.nps.gov.
NOTE: Your reservation is not your permit. We will cancel your permit if we don't receive your payment. We will send payment instructions via email within three business days after we receive your reservation.
You may also print and complete a reservation form and submit it by email, mail or fax. We process these reservations in the order we receive them. Your requested sites may not be available if someone reserved the same site online before we process your printed reservation. The quickest way to ensure your preferred sites and dates are held for you is to make the reservation online.
When will I get my permit?
Once we process your reservation, we will send you an email with instructions to pay online. When we receive your payment, we will issue your permit. If you are required to check in before your trip, you will pick up your permit at a visitor center. If you do not need to check in, we will send your permit to you by email. You must print this permit and carry it with you during your entire trip.
I didn't make a reservation. Can I get a walk-in permit?
Yes, if permits are available, you can get one the day your trip starts or the day before your trip starts. If you'd like to reserve your permit further in advance, use the reservation system listed above You can get the permit in person seven days a week at visitor centers. We issue permits up to one hour before the close of business each day.
Please review the backcountry regulations before applying for a permit.