The Zion Wilderness is a world-renowned destination that offers opportunities for solitude and adventure. With over 90 miles of trails and dozens of designated backpacking sites, Zion National Park offers a variety of unique backpacking opportunities.
UPDATE: Backpacking permits for June 2021 became available for online reservation on May 5th, 2021, at 10:00am MT. There are six backpacking campsites in the Virgin River Narrows that are only available as first-come, first-serve, walk-in permits and may be obtained in person the day before your trip during Hours of Operation.
Starting July 1, 2021, half of the Zion Wilderness campsites will only be available on a first come, first serve, basis and must be obtained in person at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center Wilderness Desk. Permits can be obtained the day before, or day of the trip. These walk-in sites will not be reservable online on June 5th, 2021. Click here to view which campsites, starting July 1, 2021, will be available by online reservation and which will be available as first come, first serve.
How to Obtain a Backpacking Permit
Follow these step-by-step instructions to obtain a Zion Wilderness overnight backpacking permit.
Wilderness Trail & Campsite Descriptions
Zion has many Wilderness trails and campsites. Read brief descriptions of each of the areas to discover which route is best for your group.
Water Sources in Zion
The desert is a hot, dry place. Make sure to learn about where to find water in Zion before any Wilderness trip.
Backpacking Safety and Regulations
The desert can be unforgiving. Learn about flash floods, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, and Leave No Trace regulations before you head out.
Download the current Wilderness Guide from our park newspaper page. It is a great source of information if you are planning a backpacking trip in Zion.
Backpackers may need to use the Wilderness Transportation options to get to trailheads.
Last updated: May 30, 2021