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.
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.
For a trip in... calendar reservations are available on....
March... February 5th
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
Last Minute Drawing Reservations: 7 to 2 days in advanceFor Canyoneering trips, including Left Fork (Subway), and top-down, 16 mile, through day hike of The Virgin River Narrows.
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: June 22, 2021