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About the Permit System

After April 1, 2022, everyone who hikes Angels Landing needs to have a permit. Learn why you need a permit and about Zion's Visitor Use Research and Planning.

In response to concerns about congestion and safety on the trail, on and after April 1, 2022, everyone who hikes the chained section of Angels Landing needs to have a permit. This pilot permit program reflects lessons learned when the park measured the number of hikers on the trail in 2019 and 2021. The park is also applying its learnings from the ticketed shuttle system in response to the pandemic in 2020.

Request Copies of the NPS Angels Landing Rack Card

The rack cards are the official printed materials from the National Park Service about the Angels Landing Pilot Permit Program for Zion National Park.

The rack cards can be downloaded virtually here. Or you can fill out the following form to request physical copies be sent to your location.

Click Here to Request!

Permit Application How-To Video 

The National Park Service has created a video that details how to apply for a permit on to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

This resource is available for you to download and share.

Suggested Consumer Messaging

  • Angels Landing is one of the most popular destinations in Zion National Park.
  • The permit is only required for the chained section of Angels Landing.
  • The permit system is intended to improve safety and the visitor experience at Angels Landing.
  • Be sure to print or download a copy of the confirmation email you receive when the permit is awarded and bring it with you on your hike. Mobile phone service is unreliable at the permit checkpoint, so be sure to do this before you arrive. You may also be required to show proof of identification to the park ranger on the trail.
  • You do not need a permit for many other popular activities in Zion Canyon. These include but are not limited to:
    • Hikers going to Scout Lookout do not need a permit.
    • Visitors using the park shuttle do not need a permit or reservation.
    • Exploring other areas and activities within Zion National Park.
  • Visitors entering the park do not need a reservation but do need to pay the park entrance fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for a permit?
You can apply for a permit before your trip during the seasonal lottery timeframes. You will get to pick seven ranked days and times or windows of days and times you want to hike.

Or you can apply for a permit the day before your planned hike. On and after March 31, 2022, this lottery opens every day at 12:01 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Mountain Time (MT).
How can I make a reservation?
Reservations are available through any of the following:

  • Online at (free account required)
  • Using the mobile app (iOS/Android)
  • Call the Reservation Line at 877-833-6777 between 8 AM - 10 PM.

There are no same-day sales at the park or through park offices.
When are the seasonal lottery permit application windows?

Reservations can be made 3 months in advance of your visit:

How much does the permit application cost?
It costs $6 to apply for a seasonal permit. The fee covers an application for up to 6 people (including the person filling out the application). This fee is non-refundable.
When will I be notified if I’ve received a permit?
On the days permits are issued, will send you an email that says:
  • You got a permit and have been charged $3 for each person you registered.
  • If you cancel your permit at least two days before your hike, the National Park Service will refund the $3 per person fee.
  • You can download your permit by logging in to your account on
What if I don’t get a permit in advance?
You can then apply for a permit the day before your planned hike. On and after March 31, 2022, this lottery opens every day at 12:01 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Mountain Time (MT). The day-before lottery application is located at
Do I need a permit to enter Zion National Park?
No, a permit is only required for the Angels Landing hike. An entrance fee (or valid NPS pass) is still required to enter the park. 

What about Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders? 
If you have a Commercial Use Authorization to guide hikes in the park, please contact the Zion Commercial Services to discuss options. No matter when you plan to hike Angels Landing, you will need a permit.
Where will I need to show proof of permit? 
Park Rangers may ask to see permits at the Grotto or Scout Lookout. Hikers may see a ranger on the trail at any time of day or night. If you have a permit, do not forget to print or download your permit confirmation email before you start the hike. See the map below.

Can't Get a Reservation?

Visitors can still apply for a permit the day before their planned hike. On and after March 31, 2022, this lottery opens every day at 12:01 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Mountain Time (MT). They can apply for the day-before lottery on

Explore alternative areas and activities within Zion National Park as well as other recreation opportunities in the Greater Zion area. This includes state parks and other federal agencies such as the BLM. 

Beyond the Park

Zion National Park is part of a much larger group of communities that make up the 2,400 square miles often referred to as the Greater Zion region. Springdale, the town closest to the national park, is just one of many areas worth a visit if you’re headed to Southern Utah.

There’s so much to discover in Greater Zion—from four unique state parks, up and coming restaurants, to hidden artist communities, there is truly something for everyone.

Explore Greater Zion

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