National Parks USA

Angels Landing in Zion NP piloting permit program in 2022

Zion NP with snow during winter

For many people, hiking Angels Landing is a bucket list item with a very high rating. But watch out! Zion National Park will piloting a permit program from January 3rd, whereby every visitor must be in possession of a permit from April 1. Also visit the forum on this topic.


Why a permit? National Parks in the USA have been dealing with large amounts of tourists for years. In this way, Zion National Park wants to improve visitor experiences, protect the park and increase the safety of the hike.


You need a permit on every part of the route and also on every day of the year from April 1, 2022. There are two types of lotteries, a day-before lottery and a seasonal lottery. There is a $6 non-refundable application fee. Applicants awarded permits will be charged a $3 per-person fee. Permits may be printed after they are successfully awarded.

You can get a permit for three different time slots. At the moment these are: before 9:00 am, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm and after 12:00 pm. Each time slot represents a time range during which a hike should begin from the Grotto in Zion Canyon. During the start of this pilot, Zion NP will monitor visitor numbers. It is possible that these times can be adjusted.

Seasonal Lottery

If you want to plan the hike far in advance, you can participate in the Seasonal Lottery. Every quarter there is a lottery for the following months. The important dates are listed in the table below.

Day-before Lottery

If you were unable to obtain a permit during the seasonal lottery, you still have a chance at the day-before lottery. This lottery is, as the name suggests, a lottery where you try to get a permit the day before you want to go to Angels Landing. Dagelijks zal de loterij starten om 12:01 am en sluiten om 15:00 uur. De uitslag van de lotterij zal vanaf 16:00 uur via email volgen. The day-before lottery is for a maximum of 6 people, where you can select multiple start times.

Important Dates

Below is an overview of the most important data. Please note that this is a pilot and the dates could be adjusted.

Dates Information
Januari 3 – 20, 2022 Lottery for hikes on April 1 – May 31, 2022
January 25, 2022 Results spring lottery
April 1, 2022 Start Day-Before lotteries
April 1 – 20, 2022 Lottery for hikes on Juni 1 – August 31, 2022
April 25, 2022 Results summer lottery
July 1 – 20, 2022 Lottery for hikes on September 1 – November 30, 2022
July 25, 2022 Results fall lottery
October 1 – 20, 2022 Lottery for hikes on December 1, 2022 – Februari 28, 2023
October 25 Results winter lottery



Photo: ©National Parks USA

Disclaimer: Information on this website has been compiled with great care. National Parks USA .com  is not liable for damages and losses resulting from decisions based on the published information.

Picture of Guido Damsteeg

Guido Damsteeg

Hi! My name is Guido Damsteeg and manager of National Parks USA. I live in the Netherlands and since 1997 I have been in love with the National Parks of the USA. My hobbies are creating and managing websites. I also like hiking, photography and traveling to the USA. That's what this website is all about!