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 do I make a reservation?
To check availability or apply for a backcountry permit, visit our online reservation system at canypermits.nps.gov. Once we process your reservation, we will send you an email with instructions to pay online. Once we receive your payment, we will send your permit by email.
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. These reservations will be processed when received. 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.
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.
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 district 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.