Zion National Park Permits
Zion National Park is one of the greatest places to live around. The 8th most visited National Park in the U.S., you can imagine what a busy place the park is all year long. From desert to riparian, to woodland, and coniferous forest, Zion National Park is home to so much variety which plants, animals, and humans all benefit from. The park has mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches making it a sight to see at any given season. The red cliffs are beautiful and bring people out to see them while hiking, canyoneering, backpacking, climbing, horseback riding, and just about any outdoor adventure you can think of.
With all of the visitors, events happening in the park, and general use of the park for the public, the park is traffic-controlled by a permit system. The permit system is in place to maintain the integrity of the park and the environment. Nature is protected here and the park is proud of that. Therefore, if you are interested in wilderness activities such as canyoneering, backpacking, and climbing trips, you will first need a permit.
Planning your trip to the park depends on what you are looking to do. For example, if you are wanting to come camping, you cannot just show up. You must plan ahead and make sure you have the proper “permissions” to use the park. Think of it as a respect system. The good news is that winter is a great time to get permits. With all of the public planning their trips according to weather and seasons all year long, you want to go ahead and grab your permits ahead of time before it gets too busy. Spring is around the corner, so the time is now. Obtaining permits is easy! You can make a reservation and purchase your permits for a low cost. You can even make park reservations for up to 3 months ahead.
These are best obtained as a walk-in permit up to one day in advance. Once you make your reservation, go to any park visitor center and get your permit for your trip either the day before or day of your trip. Click here for more information.
For all other permit information, visit https://zionpermits.nps.gov/
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