Back Country Info

Back Country Information


While most visitors keep to the Main Canyon and Front Country trails, some of Zion National Park’s most amazing offerings are located throughout the vast backcountry sections. Guiding is not allowed in these areas so it is important to be properly trained and equipped if you are going to take the journey. All of our local outfitters here in Springdale, as well as the Back Country Desk inside the Zion National Park Visitor Center, have all of the necessary information you need. It is also important to note that a permit is required for all backcountry trips and those can be purchased at the Back Country Desk inside the Visitor Center


Here are some quick notes about backcountry hiking in Zion. Current conditions are always available through this website, the Zion NPS website, and the Visitor Center and should be checked regularly prior to your planned dates of travel. Some portions of Zion National Park’s backcountry are located over 7000 feet and therefore may be inaccessible during winter months and early spring. If you have not notified family or friends of your outing make sure to let your hotel front desk staff know. For more information download the Park Map & Guide as well as the Wilderness Guide and click on the links below for additional in-depth information.

Back Country Hiking Links

Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park

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