Backpacking Permits

Hikers on the West Rim Trail
 

Any overnight stay in the Zion Wilderness requires a permit; day hikes do not, with the exception of The Narrows day hike.

Advance Reservations: up to 3 months in advance
Over half of all available Narrows permits are available using a calendar reservation system. Reservations are available online during a three month time frame. On the fifth day of every month at 10:00 am MT, reservations for the next month become available. If they are still available, they can be made until 5:00 pm MT on the day before your trip.

Make a Backpacking Reservation

Wilderness Map of Reservable Campsites

For a trip in...... calendar reservations are available on....
March.............. January 5
April................. February 5
May.................. March 5
June................. April 5
July................... May 5
August............. June 5
September....... July 5
October........... August 5
November........ September 5
December........ October 5
January............ November 5
February.......... December 5

There is a $5.00 non-refundable fee for an online calendar reservation, and there is an additional charge for a permit that is determined by the size of your group.

Backpackers that intend to camp in multiple locations need to make a separate reservation for each location.

Walk-in Permits: up to one day in advance
About one-third of backpacking permits are not available through the reservation system. They are available as walk-in permits and can be obtained at park visitor centers the day before or the day of your trip.

Hours of Operation

Zion Express Membership
If you are a frequent visitor to Zion, consider enrolling in the Zion Express Membership. It allows members who have obtained a reservation to convert it to a permit online, three days before their trip. The entire permit process can be completed online. Stop by the Wilderness Desk to enroll.

Permit Cost:
$15.00 - 1-2 people
$20.00 - 3-7 people
$25.00 - 8-12 people

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. However, due to limited staffing, our phone line is only staffed for part of the day. If you are unable to reach someone by phone, please email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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