Zion National Park Canyoneering Daily Lottery

Zion National Park

This page provides last-minute lottery opportunities for canyoneering reservations in Zion, including the top-down Narrows day hike, as well as Mystery and Left Fork (Subway) canyons. These are technical canyoneering routes, requiring your own ropes, harnesses, additional gear, and the skills to use them safely. 

Winter canyoneering requires extra preparation and gear for cold temperatures, ice, and sometimes extreme conditions. Winter conditions can persist throughout spring. 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.

The Left Fork of North Creek (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 can be obtained on this page. 

The full 16-mile top-down Narrows in-a-day permits are also on this page. Even in favorable conditions, this is a very long, strenuous, non-technical hike that is often underestimated, resulting in costly and dangerous search and rescue operations. In winter and spring, this hike is often inaccessible due to road conditions and impractical due to hiking conditions. Make sure to do plenty of research before making a reservation for this hike. The bottom-up Narrows hike does not require a permit. 

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

Permit & Season Information

A permit is required for all technical canyoneering trips in Zion National Park. Canyoneering is defined as any hike within any canyon which normally involves the use of rope, webbing, or other device for descent or ascent. Additionally, the non-technical top-down Narrows day hikes also require 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 UT 84767

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