Wilderness Climbing Permits

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, temporary changes have be made to the Zion Wilderness Permit Operation.

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Permits are not required for day climbs, but they are required for all overnight bivouacs. It is illegal to camp at the base of the wall or in your vehicle.

Calendar Reservations: up to 2 months in advance

Over half of all available permits are available using an online calender reservation system. Reservations are available online during a two 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 Climbing Reservation: 2 months in advance

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

Climbing areas reservable online:
Desert Shield
Lunar Ecstasy
Moonlight Buttress
Prodigal Sun
Spaceshot/Leaning Wall
Touchstone Wall
Tricks of the Trade

Walk-In Permits

About one-third of climbing permits are not availble 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

Permit Cost:

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


Zion Express Membership

  • Zion Express Membership allows visitors who regularly visit the park, and are familiar with the park resources to obtain a login account to create online reservations and convert them into Wilderness Permits from home.

  • To become a member, applicants must watch three orientation films at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center Wilderness Desk. (Membership cannot be obtained in the Kolob Canyons.)

  • After watching the films, applicants will sign a Zion Express Program Agreement form and obtain a username and password for their member account.

  • Before creating a reservation, members must login to their Zion Express account. Online reservations that are created before obtaining a Zion Express Membership, or without first logging in, CANNOT be converted into a Wilderness Permit from home.

  • There is no cost for enrollment. Membership is valid for the remainder of the current year and for the next two calendar years.

  • Memberships may be cancelled if any regulations are violated.

Last updated: January 19, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767


(435) 772-3256
Recorded park information available 24 hours a day. Phones are answered 9 am to 12 pm Mountain Time. You can also send your questions to us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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