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Home National & State Parks Other NPs Zion National Park Changes Wilderness Permit System

Zion National Park Changes Wilderness Permit System

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Zion National Park in Utah has changed its wilderness permit system to allow visitors to reserve last minute slot canyon day use permits via an online reservation system.

This new system will eliminate the need for visitors to wait in line at the visitor center for permits.

zion_subway1Reservations for popular day trips such as the Subway (Left Fork), Mystery Canyon and The Narrows are now available at
www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/backcountry-reservations-and-permits.htm .

The two most difficult permits to obtain for Zion National Park have been for the Subway (Left Fork of North Creek) and Mystery Canyon. The number of requests for permits greatly exceed the number available.

In late fall of 2011, the park requested comments from visitors about possible options for upgrading the wilderness permit procedures.

Over 150 comments were received and the vast majority of respondents indicated a preference for an online system to replace the current system. The previous system required visitors to arrive early in the morning and wait in long lines to assure access to the limited number of available last minute permits.

The last minute drawing is held at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, two days prior to the requested date of the trip. Entries for the last minute drawing are available seven days prior to the drawing until noon MT two days before a trip date.

Applicants are immediately notified of the status of their request via email. Procedures for advance reservations have not changed.

Visitors are most likely to secure their desired reservation if they use the advance reservation system up to three months prior to their trip.

The process for obtaining overnight permits has not changed. Half of all backcountry campsites are available online, the remaining sites are offered as walk-in permits that become available the day before the beginning of a trip.

Visit the park's Website at
www.nps.gov/zion for more information.

 
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