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Enter a lottery and print your required permit before you hike Angels Landing.

Angels Landing Pilot Permit Program

Enter a lottery, print or download your permit, and make your plans to hike Angels Landing

A hiker with backpack walking on a trail.

Backpacking

Start planning an overnight backpacking trip, discover which trails are best for your group, and reserve permits in advance.

A canyoneer rappelling down a vertical wall with ropes, harnesses, and other safety equipment.

Canyoneering

Technical canyoneering is an adventurous sport that requires ropes, harnesses, and other equipment and skills to safely descend slot canyons

A hiker walks along a trail at sunset.

Wilderness Day Hikes

Explore the many trails that access the Zion Wilderness.

A hiker walks through a creek in a slot canyon.

The Subway

The Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway) is a strenuous off-trail hike that requires permits to access a popular destination.

Two hikers walk through a raver between towering walls.

The Narrows

Plan your hike into the Virgin River Narrows. Hiking options include day hikes from the bottom-up and top-down, and overnight from top-down.

A climber scales a vertical wall high above the canyon floor.

Rock Climbing

Learn about climbing rules and regulations in Zion, and reserve a permit for overnight climbs.

Visitors float down a river between towering canyon walls in an inflatable kayak.

River Trips

Learn the rules and regulations for float trips down the Virgin River. Find out when the river is floatable.

Visitors on horseback take in the scenery.

Stock Use

Horses and other stock animals are allowed on select Wilderness trails. Learn the rules and regulations here.

 
The National Park Service issues permits for lots of activities in Zion National Park. These include things like canyoneering, hiking, camping or hosting your wedding. We do this for a lot of reasons, but they all boil down to one idea:
We know this place is special to you, and permits give directions on how you can help protect and enjoy it.

We write directions on permits so that you know what to do while you are on adventures in the park. When you read the directions on your permit, you get the information you need to make sure you do not hurt the scenery, animals, plants or history that make Zion...Zion. It is very important that you take your permit seriously so that you Leave No Trace of your visit.

We know that a small number of visitors do not follow the directions on their permits, which can be disappointing for us and hurt the park. You can learn more about permits, including how to get yours, by looking at the activites listed here.
 
 

Other Permits & Reservations

The Special Use Permit (SUP) authorizes activities that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large and that require written authorization and management control in order to protect park resources and the public interest.

Examples include: weddings, memorial services, commercial filming and/or photography, special assemblies, First Amendment activities, athletic events, or collecting of resource materials. Each of these activities requires a special use permit that must be acquired in advance.

Commercial Use Authorizations

Any commercial activity, other than commercial filming and/or photography, requires a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA).The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program authorizes the provision of suitable commercial services to park area visitors, as long as three conditions are met: the services (a) will have minimal impact on the park area’s resources and values; (b) are consistent with the purposes for which the park area was established; and (c) are consistent with all applicable park area management plans, policies and regulations.The Superintendent grants CUAs to businesses when there are no fixed commercial facilities within a national park area; the commercial activity originates and terminates outside the park; no money changes hands on park lands; and no commercial solicitation occurs on park lands.CUA permits are available for the following activities:
  • Commercial Interpretive Services (limited trail use)
  • Bicycle Tours
  • Photography or Painting Workshops
  • Taxi and Recreational Shuttle Services
  • Motorcycle Tours
  • Rental RV Delivery
A business wishing to do any of these activities must procure a CUA in advance and follow the terms and conditions of the authorization. A Zion CUA is valid for one calendar year. Various liability insurance and first aid requirements must be met in order to receive a permit.
Zion Lodge is located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and operated by Xanterra, an NPS concessioner (a private company).
  • Open year-round with hotel rooms, cabins, and suites.
  • Zion Lodge also has a gift shop and restaurant.
  • Reservations recommended: 1-888-297-2757
 

Campground reservations

Watchman campground is open year round, and you can reserve a site there up to six months ahead of your visit.

South Campground is open from early March to the end of October, and you can make reservations there 14 days before your visit.

Lava Point Campground opens in the spring when snow melts on the Kolob Terrace Road and closes around the middle of October. There are 6 first-come, first-served sites.

Make reservations by using the links to access www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

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Last updated: December 3, 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 4 pm Mountain Daylight Time. You can also send your questions to us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

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