All overnight trips, hikes through the entire length of the Zion Narrows, any trip into the Subway (Left Fork of North Creek), and all excursions into canyons requiring the use of ropes or descending gear require a backcountry permit. For most trips, hikers can make calendar reservations for a permit and pick it up at the Zion Canyon or Kolob Canyons visitor centers the day before or the day of their trip. Approximately 40 to 60 percent of the permits are set aside for walk-ins. Due to their popularity, hikers wishing to hike the Subway or Mystery Canyon must participate in a lottery to make a permit reservation. Hikers entering the lottery must pay a non-refundable fee of $5.
The person obtaining a backcountry permit for his or her group must be 18 years of age or older and is responsible for the actions of the group while on the hike. On-staff rangers will deny permits for the following reasons: flash flood warnings, high water, and wildfires.
Group size determines permit fees:
1-2 people: $10
3-7 people: $15
8-12 people: $20
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