Do I need to reserve a permit?
We recommend reservations, but they're not required. There can be stiff competition to get a permit for White Rim trips in spring and fall and Needles backpacking trips in spring. For these activities, we recommend you apply as early as possible. Space is limited. If there are any campsites and permits not reserved in advance, we'll make them available first-come, first-served at visitor centers.
How early can I reserve a permit?
You can make a reservation no more than four months, and no less than two days, before the permit start date. For very popular sites, you may have to make a reservation at midnight mountain time, exactly four months before the start date.
If you are reserving four months before your start date, you may have to reserve each night separately. When making a reservation, please write the total number of nights you plan to use in the comments section. This way we can link your nightly reservations and only charge one permit fee.
How do I reserve a permit?
To check availability or apply for a backcountry permit, visit our online reservation system. Please do not make reservations for nights you do not intend to use. It prevents other people from using those nights. If we believe you have reserved sites you do not intend to use, we may contact you to cancel your reservation.
NOTE: Your reservation is not your permit. We will cancel your permit if we don't receive your payment. We will send payment instructions via email within three business days after we receive your reservation.
If needed, you may also request a reservation by email, mail, or fax. Please contact the backcountry reservation office via email or call 435-259-4351 for a form to fill out. Because this is a lengthy process, we do not recommend it. The easiest and quickest way to get your preferred sites is to use the online reservation system.
When will I get my permit?
Once we process your reservation, we will send you an email with instructions to pay online. If you don't pay your reservation within 48 hours, we will cancel your reservation. When we receive your payment, we will either issue your permit by email, or we will email you a reservation confirmation.
If you have any at-large zone or any Maze district reservations, you must check in and pick up your permit at the visitor center where you trip starts. You must carry a signed copy of your permit with you during your entire trip.
I didn't make a reservation. Can I get a walk-in permit?
Yes, if permits are available, you can get one the day your trip starts or the day before your trip starts. If you'd like to reserve your permit further in advance, use the reservation system listed above. You can get the permit in person seven days a week at visitor centers. We issue permits up to one hour before the close of business each day.
Please review the backcountry regulations before applying for a permit.