Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Permits

Grand Canyon National Park is being used for all calendar year 2024 and later Grand Canyon Backcountry Permits. Please see the park's Press Release announcement and Frequently Asked Questions


When to apply: See "Important Dates" (two sections below) for when backcountry permits become available.

Minimum Age: Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply for a Backcountry Permit or to be the trip leader for a Backcountry Permit. 

When Permits are Required: Backcountry Permits are Required for backpacking or camping anywhere in the park (exceptions listed below).  

A Grand Canyon BACKCOUNTRY Permit is NOT Required for:

Important Notes:

Permit & Season Information

Plan When to Hike

Need to Know


Inner-Canyon Corridor

Hikes for Returning Grand Canyon Hikers

Advanced Hikes for Experienced GC Hikers

Rim Camping


Fee Policy

What are the Backcountry Permit Charges?

Basic Permit Charge: $10 (non-refundable). Waived for lottery winners and runners-up during the early access month when reserved through timeslot. 

Nightly Charge: (refundable until 30 days before permit start date provided permit has not yet been printed):

Permit holders are responsible for paying park entrance fees upon arrival.

When can the permit be printed?

Permits can be printed as early as one-month before the permit start date. Permittees can no longer directly modify or cancel their permits once printed - please reach out by email to a Ranger for assistance at or 928-638-7875.

What happens if I forget to print my permit?

Permits that remain in non-printed status three days before a permit start date are subject to cancellation so the itinerary space can be made available to other hikers.

Cancellation Policy

If your plans change and you will not be using all or part of your permit, please make that cancellation on right away so that space can be made available to other interested hikers. will award partial refunds of participant charges for cancellations made on the website at least 1-month prior to the permit start date provided the permit has not yet been printed.

When Does Release Cancelled Space? When individuals cancel their permits on, the space is randomly made available for new reservations some time within 24 hours. 

Contact Information

Mailing Address

PO Box 129 Grand Canyon AZ 86023

or email us at GRCA_BIC@NPS.GOV

Phone Number

(928) 638-7875

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