Permits

Where ever you are canyoneering in the world, please look into the regulations of Canyoneering in that specific area.  There is no blanket free pass to do any canyon that you want for free (See Module 12 - "Canyon Access - Land Issues" for more info)

Yes, some management areas (National Parks and State Parks) require a permit in order to do canyoneering.  Not all, but some.  That's why you will need to check their website or call in to see what their rules are.

Below are all of the canyons and routes in Utah that require permits or have rules for Canyoneers:

Arches N.P., Utah: Free (except Fiery Furnace); limited to 6-10 people/group; Source

  • U-Turn - limited to 10 people/group; free self-registration form at Visitor Center or online

  • Tierdrop Canyon - limited to 10 people/group; free self-registration form at Visitor Center or online

  • Not Tierdrop Canyon - limited to 10 people/group; free self-registration form at Visitor Center or online

  • Dragonfly Canyon - limited to 10 people/group; free self-registration form at Visitor Center or online

  • Bighorn Canyon - limited to 10 people/group; free self-registration form at Visitor Center or online

  • Elephant Butte - limited to 10 people/group; free self-registration form at Visitor Center or online

Fiery Furnace canyons "Your entire party must come to the (Arches) visitor center front desk to get a Fiery Furnace permit ($6 per person). Fiery Furnace permits are limited to 75 persons a day, and they often sell out during the busy season." Source

  • Lomatium (Fiery Furnace) - limited to 6 people/group. $6/person (read above)

  • Krill (Fiery Furnace) - limited to 6 people/group. $6/person (read above)

Capitol Reef N.P., Utah:

Cedar Mesa: None (for now)

Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah:

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah:

  • Chamber of the Basilisk/Goblin's Lair - $2/person. Print permit from State Park website and bring to park.

Lake Powell: None (for now)

North Wash: None (for now)

Snow Canyon State Park, Utah:  (Source)

Zion NP, Utah:

  • Every canyon within the Park's boundary REQUIRES a permit, even they are not explicitly listed on the Zion permits website. The minimum permit fee is from $5 up to $25.  Limits are determined by the specific canyon, but generally most are held at 12 people in a group.  Other canyons that are a long-day, and have difficult obstacles are limited to 6 people per permit.​
  • Pipe Spring Canyon, although it edges along National Park boundaries, the entire approach, canyon, and exit are on Private Property. See below for more information.
  • In addition to getting a permit from Zion NP, any canyon that exits the MIA exit (e.g. Kolob, Boundary, Pipe Spring, etc.) you will need to contact the property owner - Phone Number #435-673-4983 - and request a Recreation License Agreement (RLA) form.  The entire "MIA exit" is on private property and if you do not fill one out you will be liable for trespassing along with prosecution.  But the worst part is if canyoneers do not comply with the private property request, future access and descents of those fantastic canyons for the whole community would be in jeopardy!  There would be no more access to those canyons. It truly would be a tragedy to lose access.  It's simple. Just call, please.

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