Zion Left Fork North Creek (Subway) Seasonal Lottery

Zion National Park

This page provides opportunities to obtain a reservation for the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway). All trips into the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway) require a permit. The Subway hike can be done top-down, or bottom-up. Top-down is a technical canyoneering route, requiring ropes, harnesses, and usually wetsuits or drysuits. The bottom-up is a strenuous off-trail hiking route that requires most groups 6-10 hours to complete and includes wading through a river and scrambling over boulders and downed trees. Both variations of the hike require the same permit, for which reservations for can be obtained on this page. 

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

This page is for advanced lottery and reservations. If you are trying to apply for the Daily Lottery for a Subway permit two days from now, go to the Zion National Park Canyoneering Daily Lottery.

Permit & Season Information

This permit allows visitors to access the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway), from either the top-down canyoneering route, or the bottom-up hiking route.

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 claim your reservation on rec.gov by the claim by date. Then 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 lottery, you can enter the Canyoneering Daily Lottery for the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway) two days before your desired hike date. The Daily Lottery is your next best chance at obtaining a permit.

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

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