When Do You Need a Permit?
Wilderness Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips, overnight climbing bivouacs, all through-hikes of The Virgin River 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). Depending on the type of activity that you are participating in, and the location of your trip, there are various ways to obtain a reservation prior to your trip date.
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.
First-Come, First-Serve, Walk-In Permits
Obtain Your Wilderness Permit
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: September 15, 2021