Areas and activities within the park that require wilderness permits continue to grow in popularity. Wilderness permits are required for all overnight trips, as well as day trips into many of the park’s slot canyons.
As the demand for a limited number of wilderness permits has increased, so has the competition. Many visitors wait for hours or, in some cases, overnight to obtain wilderness permits for activities within Zion National Park. The current wilderness permitting system allows visitors to secure permits through a reservation system for roughly 75% of all areas.
Reservations for permits in the most popular sections of the park are often booked two to three months in advance. The remaining permits are issued up to one day in advance on a first come-first served basis at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. The demand for the first come-first served permits results in long lines and significant waits. The park is seeking to resolve these issues and improve operations.
The public is invited to provide comments through December 15, 2011. Please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/zion to review the document and submit comments. Comments can also be mailed to Zion National Park, Zion Wilderness Permits, Springdale, Utah 84767. For additional information, please contact Ray O’Neil at (435) 772-7823 or Annette Werderich at (435) 772-7611.