Backpacking

Hikers on the east side
 

With over 90 miles of trails, 37 designated backpacking sites, several at-large backpacking areas, and 124,400 acres of designated wilderness, Zion National Park offers a variety of unique backpacking opportunities.

Backpacking trips into the wilderness requires advanced planning. When planning your trip, consider your interests, time, and ability level of you and your group. There is no "one best trail." Use the Wilderness Guide, this website, guidebooks, and topographic maps to choose your wilderness experience.

Wilderness permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips. Permits are issued at both visitor centers the day before or the day of your trip. Reservations for a permit can be made up to three months in advanced.

Zion Wilderness has experienced fifteen percent increase the demand for Wilderness reservations and permit over the last 3 years.

As a result of the increased desire for a Wilderness permit, area reservations are quickly booked, almost immediately after becoming available on the 5th of each month.

The Wilderness permit system receives an extremely high volume of use on the 5th and visitors may find that they are unsuccessful in booking a reservation for their intended trip.

Zion Wilderness is a world-renowned destination that offers opportunities that range in recreational and educational experiences.

If you are unable to obtain a reservation for one of the Wilderness areas in Zion, there are still a number of amazing sites and activities you can enjoy in Zion National Park and the surrounding areas.

 
 
 

Last updated: April 11, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
Staffed daily from 9 am - 4 pm. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to reach someone by phone, please email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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