The Angels Landing hike is one of the most iconic hikes in the entire country. It includes a section over a narrow ridge with steep drop offs on both sides, that has chains for you to hold on to. This section is narrow. And the Angels Landing trail is extremely popular. This has resulted in congestion and long lines on the trail in recent years.
In order to alleviate this overcrowding and congestion and to improve safety, the National Park Service has introduced a lottery system to get Angels Landing permits.
The permit system can be a little complicated. I am a national park expert and I have written this detailed guide to the Angels Landing lottery to make your planning easy and help ensure you can get to do this incredible hike.
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Type of reservations
Permits to hike Angel’s Landing will be issued via a lottery system. Permits are issued for three time slots each day (see below). Once you start the hike, you can take as long as you like.
When is an Angels Landing permit required?
You will need a permit to hike Angel’s Landing at any time of the year (and any time of the day), starting April 1, 2022. The permit is needed for ANY portion of the Angel’s landing trail (not just the section with chains).
How to get an Angels Landing pass
The permits will be released via two lotteries. You can apply for a permit for up to six people (including you).
1) Seasonal Lottery
Most permits are released in advance via the ‘seasonal lottery’. The lottery is run four times/ year. You enter the lottery within the window for your trip dates (see schedule below).
You can pick up to seven dates or date ranges with corresponding start times (ranked in order of preference).
It does not matter when in the lottery period you enter. For example, the first lottery window is January 3 – January 20. Whether you enter on January 3, January 10 or January 20, your name goes in the lottery in the same way. There is no advantage to entering on the 3rd over entering on the 20th – you have the same chance of having your name called whenever you entered the lottery.
|Hike Dates||Enter Here||Lottery Opens||Lottery Closes||Permits Issued||Time Slots Available|
|April 1 to May 31, 2022||Enter the lottery here||January 3||January 20||January 25||- Before 9:00AM
- Between 9:00AM & 12:00PM (noon)
- After 12:00PM
|June 1 to August 31, 2022||Link coming soon||April 1||April 20||April 25||TBA|
|September 1 to November 30, 2022||Link coming soon||July 1||July 20||July 25||TBA|
|December 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023||Link coming soon||October 1||October 20||October 25||TBA|
* Times are the time you can start the hike at the Grotto Trailhead (Shuttle Stop 6)
If you don’t get a permit, you can apply again the day before. Or, if your travel plans are flexible, try another seasonal pass for different dates.
2) Day Before Lottery
You can apply for a permit the day before your planned hike. The lottery opens at 12:01 AM (just after midnight) MST and closes at 3:00PM MST.
You can enter the lottery any time within this period. There is no advantage to entering at 12:01 compared with any other time in the lottery period. So, for example, if you enter the lottery at 2:00PM, you have the same chances of getting a permit as if you entered the lottery at 1:00AM. However, I don’t recommend leaving it to close to 3:00PM in case the system crashes or something else goes wrong and you miss out being able to enter.
You can select multiple preferences for hike start times if your plans are flexible.
Results are emailed at 4:00PM MST the same day you enter (the day before the hike).
How much do Angels Landing tickets costs?
It costs $6 to apply for a permit for up to six people (seasonal or day-before). This fee is non-refundable and you pay it whether you get a permit or not. The $6 covers however many people you apply for (it is NOT per person).
If you get a permit, you will be automatically charged an additional $3 per person.
Note: If you get a permit using the seasonal lottery, you can cancel the permit (or reduce the number of permits) up to two days before the hike date. You will get a full refund of the $3 per person fee for any cancellations or reductions in people. The $6 application fee is not refundable.
Note: You cannot:
- Change the date of your hike
- Increase the number of people in your group
- Transfer the permit to someone else or nominate an alternate leader
On the day of your Angels Landing (Zion National Park) hike
Be sure to print out or download your permit before you get to the trailhead. Rangers will be checking permits at the Grotto (Shuttle Stop 6), at Scout Lookout, or along the trail. If you don’t have a permit to show, you will probably be turned away.
Good luck and enjoy hiking Zion National Park Angels Landing!
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James Ian has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents. He has visited all of the main national parks in the United States, as well as many national monuments and state parks.
He has rafted through the Grand Canyon; rappelled down slot canyons near Zion and Arches; hiked among the hoodoos in Bryce and the enormous trees in Sequoia; admired the waterfalls in Yosemite and the colored hot springs in Yellowstone; seen moose in Grand Tetons and seals in the Channel Islands, and much more.
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