Backcountry and River Permit Reservations on Recreation.gov:
COVID-19 note: All overnight permits must be reserved online at least two days before start of trip.
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Who needs a permit?
You must have a day-use permit for all vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles on:
You do NOT need a day-use permit on Potash Road or Shafer Trail.
Each individual vehicle, motorcycle, and bicycle needs a separate permit. If your group includes both bicycles and vehicles, each bicycle and vehicle needs a separate permit, even if the bikes enter the park on a vehicle.
How do I apply for a permit?
Please review the backcountry regulations before getting a permit.
You can get a day-use permit online up to 24 hours before your trip. Permits are available starting at 8:00 AM MT one day in advance.
NOTE: Only walk-in day-use permits will be available for the White Rim Road during flood season (~early May through late June). No permits will be available online. You can get permits at Island in the Sky Visitor Center or the park administrative office in Moab during the flood season.
To apply for a day-use permit online, visit Recreation.gov
Please print your permit and have it with you during your trip. If you are not able to print your permit, you must have a digital copy of your permit available.
Permits for 25 of the 50 vehicles allowed each day on the White Rim Road and any permits not reserved online will be available in person at visitor centers. We issue permits up to one hour before the close of business each day.
What are group size limits?
White Rim Road
For the White Rim Road, we issue day-use permits for a total of 50 vehicles (including motorcycles) per day and permits for a total of 50 mountain bikes each day. Group size is limited to three vehicles and 15 bicycles. Larger groups must be separated by 30 minutes of travel time. You do not need a permit if you plan to drive only on the Shafer Trail and Potash Road.
Elephant Hill Road
We issue day-use permits for a total of 24 vehicles (including motorcycles) per day and day-use permits for a total of 12 mountain bikes each day for Elephant Hill Road. Group size is limited to three vehicles and 12 bicycles. Groups must be separated by 30 minutes of travel time.
How much does a permit cost?
For permits obtained online there is a $6 Recrecation.gov reservation fee. There is no fee for day-use permits obtained at the visitor centers. You must pay a park entrance fee at a park entrance station, visitor center, or via pay.gov. Each vehicle, motorcycle, and individual entering by foot or bicycle must pay an entrance fee.
Can I cache supplies in the backcountry?
Cachcing food, water, or supplies is only allowed with written notification of the district ranger. You may not damage resources, and you must remove all items. Email us at email@example.com for a cache request form.
Email is the best option to ask questions. However, we answer questions and assist with trip planning Monday through Friday, 8 am to noon (mountain time), at (435) 259-4351. When workload permits, we may be able to answer phones until 4 pm.
Last updated: November 12, 2020