Zion Wilderness Reservations and Permits

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, temporary changes have be made to the Zion Wilderness Permit Operation. This page contains all current information on how to obtain a Wilderness permit.

Current Operating Hours:

  • Starting December 1, 2020, the north guest window of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center will be open from 8:00am to 10:00am, and 3:00pm to 4:30pm daily, to obtain canyoneering and overnight climbing permits.
  • The Zion Wilderness staff will be available via email to answer questions, and convert backpacking reservations to permits.
  • ⚠️Wilderness Permits cannot be obtained at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

When a Wilderness Permit is Required: 

  • All overnight trips, including climbing bivouacs

  • All through-hikes of the Virgin River (The Narrows) and its tributaries.

  • All canyons requiring the use of descending gear and ropes

  • All trips into the Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway).

 
 

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Follow these steps for a Backpacking Permit:

(Step 1) Determine the Location and Duration of your Zion Backpacking Trip

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, Trail and Campsite Descriptions, and topographic maps to plan your wilderness experience. Come up with a backup plan in case your first choice is not available.

(Step 2) Check Availability of Reservations Online

Before making a reservation, check the Online Calendar Reservations page to determine which campsites and dates are available. You will need a separate reservation for each campsite.

If you are trying to make a reservation, and do not see your desired camping area on our menu, please email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov with your desired itinerary. We will get back to you with your options and further instructions.

(Step 3) Apply for a Calendar Reservation

Make a reservation for each campsite of your trip by going to the Zion Wilderness Reservations page. At the bottom of that page select Zion Wilderness Reservations Login, then click Create Account, and enter your information.

If you have an existing Zion Wilderness Reservations account, log in.

Once you are logged in to your account you may Make a Backpacking Reservation for each campsite for the duration of your trip. Carefully read through and complete your reservation application(s). You will be required to pay a non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee for each. A reservation is NOT a permit.

(Step 4) Obtain your Wilderness Backpacking Permit

The day BEFORE your trip, convert your reservation into a permit online by contacting: zion_park_information@nps.gov.

  • Please use “Wilderness Permit - (name and date of trip)” in the subject line of the email to ensure a quick response from our team.

  • Please do not e-mail us beforehand, unless you are checking on current conditions, as we are unable to issue your permit any earlier.

 

Follow these steps for a Canyoneering Permit:

(Step 1) Determine the Location of your Zion Canyoneering Trip

When planning ahead and preparing for your trip, consider your interests, time, and the technical ability level of your group. Use the Wilderness Guide, online resources, and current route descriptions to plan your canyoneering experience. Come up with a backup plan in case your first choice is not available.

(Step 2) Check Availability of Reservations Online

Before making a reservation, check the Online Calendar Reservations page to determine which canyons and dates are available.

(Step 3) Apply for a Calendar Reservation

Make a reservation for your canyoneering trip by going to the Zion Wilderness Reservations page. At the bottom of that page select Zion Wilderness Reservations Login, then click Create Account, and enter your information.

If you have an existing Zion Wilderness Reservations account, log in.

Once you are logged in to your account, you may Make a Canyoneering Day Trip Reservation. Carefully read through and complete your reservation application. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. A reservation is NOT a permit.

Or Apply for a Last Minute Drawing Reservation

When reservations for a canyon become full, the Last Minute Drawing becomes an option. Individuals can submit an application 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.

  • You must be 18 years of age to apply.

  • Entries can be submitted 7 to 2 days prior to a trip date before 12:00pm.

  • An online drawing is held at 1:00 pm, two days before each trip date.

  • Applicants will then be sent a notification email with information about the status of their request.

Zion National Park is on Mountain Time

Make a Last Minute Drawing reservation for trip by going to the Zion Wilderness Reservations page. At the bottom of that page select Zion Wilderness Reservations Login, then click Create Account, and enter your information.

If you have an existing Zion Wilderness Reservations account, log in.

Once you are logged in to your account you may apply for the Last Minute Drawing. Carefully read through and complete your application. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $5.00 application fee. You will be sent a notification email with information about the status of your request once the lottery as been held.

(Step 4) Obtain your Canyoneering Permit

In compliance with Coronavirus Protective Guidelines, canyoneering permits may be obtained the day of, or the day before your trip from the north guest window of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Everyone should follow proper social distancing guidelines. Face masks should be worn by anyone present when picking up a Wilderness permit.

⚠️Wilderness Permits cannot be obtained at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

 

Follow these steps for an Overnight Climbing Permit:

(Step 1) Determine the Location and Duration of your Overnight Climbing Trip

When planning ahead and preparing for your trip, consider your interests, time, and the technical ability level of your group. Use the Wilderness Guide, online resources, and current route descriptions to plan your climbing experience. Come up with a backup plan in case your first choice is not available.

(Step 2) Check Availability of Reservations Online

Before making a reservation, check the Online Calendar Reservations page to determine which walls and dates are available.

(Step 3) Apply for a Calendar Reservation

Make a reservation for your climbing trip by going to the Zion Wilderness Reservations page. At the bottom of that page select Zion Wilderness Reservations Login, then click Create Account, and enter your information.

If you have an existing Zion Wilderness Reservations account, log in.

Once you are logged in to your account you may Make a Overnight Climbing Trip Reservation. Carefully read through and complete your reservation application. You will be required to pay a non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee for each. A reservation is NOT a permit.

(Step 4) Obtain your Overnight Climbing Permit

In compliance with Coronavirus Protective Guidelines, overnight climbing permits may be obtained the day of, or the day before your trip from the north guest window of the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Everyone should follow proper social distancing guidelines. Face masks should be worn by anyone present when picking up a Wilderness permit.

⚠️Wilderness Permits cannot be obtained at the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

Current Zion Express Members:

  • Please obtain your reservations and permits online as usual.

  • Wilderness staff will be available via email at zion_park_information@nps.gov to answer questions.

 
Timber Top in the Winter
Winters in Zion National Park are cold and often wet. Temperatures can range from highs of 50-60°F during the day to lows well below freezing at night. Roads are plowed, but certain trails may be closed due to the hazard of falling ice. After winter storms, snow typically disappears within a matter of hours at lower elevations. At higher elevations, the snow accumulates. Icy conditions may exist on trails, especially anywhere that stays in the shade. We recommend traction devices for your boots

NPS Photo / Rendall Seely

Last updated: January 4, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

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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