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. All overnight backpacking in the park requires a Wilderness Permit.

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How to Obtain a Backpacking Permit

Follow these step-by-step instructions to obtain a Zion Wilderness overnight backpacking permit.

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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.

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Make a Backpacking Reservation

Reservations for backpacking trips can be made online in advance at

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Backpackers may need to use the Wilderness Transportation options to get to trailheads.

Last updated: January 1, 2024

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Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.

Springdale, UT 84767


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