The Zion Wilderness is a world-renowned destination that offers opportunities for solitude and adventure. With over 90 miles of trails, dozens of designated backpacking sites, multiple at-large camping areas, and 124,406 acres of designated wilderness, Zion National Park offers a variety of unique backpacking opportunities.
All backpacking trips into the wilderness require advanced preparation. When planning ahead and preparing for your trip, consider your interests, time, and the ability level of your group. There is no "one best trail." Use the Wilderness Guide, Leave No Trace ethics, and topographic maps to plan 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 advance.
Zion Wilderness is experiencing increased demand for Wilderness reservations and permits. As a result of the increased desire for a Wilderness permit, some 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.
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.