National Park Service News Release

December 3, 2021


National Park Service News Release

Release Date: December 3, 2021
Contact: Jonathan Shafer,, (435) 772-0145

Want to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park? Apply for your permit starting on January 3, 2022!Permits help visitors enjoy and protect one of the most popular destinations in Zion National

SPRINGDALE, Utah – Planning a trip to Zion National Park? On and after April 1, 2022, hikers
going to Angels Landing will need a permit. The National Park Service (NPS) will issue permits
using online lotteries at The first lottery opens on January 3, 2022.
“Angels Landing is one of the most iconic destinations in Zion National Park and issuing permits
will make going there fair for everyone.” Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said. “The system
we’ve put in place will reduce crowding on the trail, address safety concerns and make it easy for
visitors to plan ahead.”

     Visitors can get a permit by entering four seasonal lotteries or a different lottery the day before
their planned hikes. It will cost $6 to enter any of the lotteries and successful permit holders will
pay a $3 per person fee. These funds will cover costs to manage the lotteries and for additional
NPS rangers who will assist visitors and check permits on the trail. Learn when and how to enter
the lotteries at

     This is a pilot program, and the NPS will monitor and adjust it as needed. The pilot permit
program reflects comments from nearly 1,000 members of the public, park neighbors and other
stakeholders. It also reflects lessons NPS learned by metering the number of hikers on the trail in
2019 and 2021 and distributing tickets to use the park shuttle system in response to COVID-19 in

     Angels Landing is one of many places people enjoy visiting in Zion National Park. The park
recorded about 2.8 million visits in 2011 and nearly 4.5 million visits in 2019. As the number of
people who visit Zion continues to rise, NPS is preparing a plan designed to provide high quality
visitor experiences and sustainably manage park resources. The Angels Landing Pilot Permit
Program will inform that planning process.

We plan to share an update on the plan and ask for your feedback about it in 2022.
Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9
Springdale, Utah 84767
435-772-3246 phone
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

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Learn more about Zion’s Visitor Use Research and read a response to public comments about
issuing permits at Angels Landing on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment
website (PEPC) .

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