Plan Ahead and Prepare
Sixteen mile trips through the Virgin River Narrows, from Chamberlain's Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava, can be done as a very long single-day hiking trip, or as a single overnight backpacking trip. Multi-night backpacking trips through the Virgin River Narrows are not permitted. While preparing for your trip, consider your interests, time, and the ability level of your group. Come up with backup plans in case your first and second choices are not available. The Virgin River Narrows may close at any time due to high water, flash flooding, and/or cyanobacteria toxins. Always have a backup plan in mind. Use the pages below to help plan your experience:
Check Availability of Reservations Online
Reservations are available online during a two-month time frame. On the 5th day of every month at 10:00am mountain time, reservations for the next month become available. If available, reservations can be made until 5:00pm mountain time, the day before your trip. Please be aware that most spaces will become fully booked for the next month within minutes of reservations opening on the 5th of each month.
Before making a reservation, check to determine which campsites and/or dates are available.
Check Availabilty for: 16-Mile Virgin River Narrows Through Day Hiking Trip
Available dates will appear in green, and you will be able to click on the date in the top right corner. Dates that have already been reserved by another party will appear in red. The number in the bottom left corner is the group size limit for that site or area.
Apply for a Calendar Reservation
Make a reservation for your trip by going to the Zion Wilderness Reservations Login page. Click Create Account and enter your information. If you have an existing Zion Wilderness Reservations account, log in.
*Password should be exactly eight characters and include: an upper case letter, lower case letter, number, and special symbol (i.e. & % * ! $ #)
Once you are logged in to your account you can then make a reservation for your trip. Carefully read through and complete your reservation application. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $5.00 fee for your reservation. An additional fee will be paid when you obtain your Wilderness Permit.
Apply for a Calendar Reservation for: 16-Mile Virgin River Narrows Through Day Hiking Trip
Last-Minute Drawing for Day Trips: 7 to 2 days in advance
An online Last-Minute Drawing is an option when the Calendar Reservations for the Narrows are fully booked. Individuals can apply for the Last-Minute Drawing to obtain any remaining reservations for permits. The Last-Minute Drawing is limited to one request per individual, per canyon. Applications can be submitted seven days prior to a trip date, until two days before at 12:00pm MT. The online drawing is held at 1:00 pm MT, two days before the trip date. Applicants will then be sent a notification email with information about the status of their request. Any spaces not taken through the Last-Minute Drawing will be available as Walk-in Permits the day before a trip date.
Apply for the Last-Minute Drawing for: 16-Mile Virgin River Narrows Through-Hiking Day Trip
Walk-In Permits for Backpacking Trips: 1 day in advance
Six backpacking sites in the Virgin River Narrows are available as first-come, first-serve, walk-in permits the day before your trip.
Obtain Your Wilderness Permit
Wilderness Permit Fee:
Wilderness Permits are Non-Transferable
Traveling in the Zion Wilderness requires careful planning and preparation. Permit holders assume the responsibility of ensuring that their group is aware of the risks involved, is self-reliant, has developed a back-up plan, and will follow park regulations. Because these are such important aspects of trip planning and resource protection, permits for trips into the Zion Wilderness are non-transferable.
Zion Express Membership
Last updated: June 28, 2021