Zion National Park is piloting a permit program to hike Angels Landing. The program provides a fair process that will improve visitor experience and protect park resources along Angels Landing. Permits will be required at all times of the year and times of day. Hikers must have a permit when accessing any portion of Angels Landing. Visitors will be able to hike the West Rim Trail from the trailhead at the Grotto to Scout Lookout without a permit.
Permits to hike are issued by lottery in two time frames: seasonally (1-3 months prior) and day-before (1 day prior). Permits are issued for three different time slots each day. Each time slot represents a time range during which a hike should begin from the Grotto in Zion Canyon (for example, someone with a ‘Before 8 AM’ permit may begin their hike any time prior to 8 AM at the Grotto).
For both seasonal and day-before lotteries, applicants may enter each lottery once and apply for a permit for up to six people (including the applicant). When applying, up to seven dates or date ranges along with preferred start times may be selected in preference order. There is a $6 non-refundable application fee. Applicants issued permits will be charged a $3 per-person fee. The confirmation email will need to be shown (printed or downloaded) to park staff on the day of your hike.
You must have a permit to hike any portion of Angels Landing. Permits are needed every day and at all times beginning April 1, 2022. Permits (issued in three time slots) are available by two lottery processes. The seasonal lottery application periods occur quarterly (see important dates below). Additional permits are issued in day-before lotteries.
Throughout the pilot, the effectiveness of the program will be monitored and adjustments may be made. Commercial Use Authorization holders must refer to the FAQs on the Zion Commercial Services website.
The NPS trail crew is dedicating time every month for proactive inspections of the posts and chains between Scout Lookout and Angels Landing. The aim is to reduce the need for reactive closures due to unexpected trail, post, or chain damage. This will also provide the opportunity to improve the trail by removing trash or graffiti. Permit fees help pay for the staff who will do this work.
Permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week to hike any portion of Angels Landing. Hiking Angels Landing without a permit is a violation of 36 CFR 1.6 (engaging in a permitted activity without a permit) and is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
Angels Landing permits are:
Before your hike
What to bring
While on your hike
Lottery Application Fee: $6 non-refundable application fee.
Recreation Fee: Each issued permit will be charged $3 per person.
Permit holders will be responsible for payment of fees for their entire group. If issued a permit, the per person fee will automatically be charged to the card used for the lottery application fee. If the charge to the credit card does not clear, the applicant will not be issued the permit and a new applicant is chosen. Permit holders for Angels Landing will need to pay the park entrance fee when arriving to the park unless they have a federal recreation pass.
Seasonal Lottery: If your application is selected through the lottery, you will automatically be issued a permit and will be charged $3 per person to the credit or debit card used for your application.
Day-before Lottery: If your application is selected through the lottery, you will automatically be issued a permit and will be charged $3 per person to the credit or debit card used for your application.
For permits issued in a seasonal lottery, a permit holder can cancel the permit up to two days before the permit reservation date for a full refund of the recreation fees. Canceled seasonal lottery permits will automatically roll into the day-before lottery. Cancelled day-before lottery permits will not become available again.
Seasonal Lottery: A permit-holder may reduce the group size up until two-days before the permit reservation date. A refund will be provided for the reduced group size pertaining to recreation fees only. Other changes are not permitted including: increase group number, date change, permit holder, alternate leader. Permits are not transferable.
Day-before: No changes are allowed. All fees are non-refundable.
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