When Do You Need a Permit?
Wilderness Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips, overnight climbing bivouacs, all through-hikes of The Narrows and its tributaries, all canyons requiring the use of descending gear or ropes, and all trips into Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway)
Wilderness Permit Fees
Fees help cover the costs of issuing permits, Wilderness patrols, resource monitoring, and trail repairs. Fees are non-refundable and based on group size. There is an additional $5 non-refundable fee for each online reservation or lottery application.
Obtain a Zion Wilderness Permit
Calendar Reservations: 2 months in advance
All visitors can reserve a wide variety of canyoneering, camping, and climbing trips using the online reservation system. Please note that calendar reservations are not permits.
Making a Calendar Reservation
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, reservations can be made until 5:00 pm MT, on the day before your trip.
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There is a $5.00 non-refundable fee for each 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 must make a separate reservation for each location.
Advance Lottery Reservations: 2 months prior
The Advance Lottery is for trips through The Subway (Left Fork) and Mystery Canyon. Due to the popularity of these areas, the park created an online lottery for reservations. The Advance Lottery does not run from November through March due to a low demand for permits.
Last Minute Drawing Reservations: 7 to 2 days in advance
All visitors can apply for the Last Minute Drawing for canyoneering day trips.The Last Minute Drawing eliminates the need to wait in long lines for last minute permits.
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, temporary changes have been made to the Zion Wilderness permit operations. Currently most backpacking sites are available for online reservation only. A few walk-in permits are only available for campsites in the Narrows. All backpacking permits for La Verkin Creek, Wildcat Canyon, West Rim, East Rim, and the Southwest Desert will be issued via the Zion Wilderness permit system website. The day before the trip, backpackers may convert their online reservation(s) into a permit by contacting the Wilderness staff via e-mail to provide trip details and receive any updated messages in order to obtain their permit.
Zion Express Membership
Last updated: March 10, 2021