Zion Mystery Canyon Seasonal Lottery

Zion National Park

This page is for Mystery Canyon advanced lottery and reservations. To apply for the Daily Lottery for a Mystery Canyon permit two days from now, go to the Zion National Park Canyoneering Daily Lottery page

All trips into Mystery Canyon require a permit. Mystery Canyon is a technical canyoneering route, requiring your own ropes, harnesses, and often wetsuits or drysuits. Guiding is not allowed in the Zion Wilderness. Anyone applying for this lottery must have their own skills and equipment to safely complete their desired trip. 

Wilderness overnight permits, Narrows overnight permits, other technical canyoneering permits, climbing bivouac permits, and Angels Landing permits can be found on different pages within the Zion Recreation.gov gateway menu. 

Permit & Season Information

Use this page to enter the Seasonal Lottery for a chance at permits for this hike. If your group is successful in the Seasonal Lottery you must pick up the Wilderness Permit from permits desk in the Zion Visitor Center, either the day before or the day of your hike. 

If your group is not successful in the Seasonal Lottery, you can enter the Canyoneering Daily Lottery for Mystery Canyon two days before your desired hike date. The Daily Lottery is your next best chance at obtaining a permit. 

Winter Season Conditions

Winter can bring extreme conditions to Mystery Canyon, such as snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

Need to Know

When planning your trip, please keep in mind: 

Fee Policy

Lottery Application Fee: $6 lottery application fee (non-refundable)

Per Person Fee: $10 per person (refundable)

The reservation fee (in lieu of the lottery application fee) and per person fee are also charged for first-come, first-served permits that are issued in person. This fee supports the permit and reservation management system.

Cancellation Policy

Per person fees are refundable if the permit is cancelled or modified to a smaller group size before 5pm the day of the trip. The $6 lottery application fee is non-refundable in all circumstances.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

1 Zion Park Blvd Springdale Utah 84767

Phone Number

435-772-0170

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