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You’ll need a permit to Hike Angels Landing in Zion this year

Angels Landing is one of the most popular destinations in Zion National Park. Many who go there want to experience untamed adventure and get a classic photograph. Its’ now-famous name descends from Methodist minister Frederick Vining Fisher who, on his first visit to Zion Canyon in 1916 allegedly quipped only an angel could land there.

The hike is strenuous, and your safety is your responsibility. We have some tips to help reduce the risks you take and ensure you have an enjoyable hike.

Angels Landing Pilot Permit Program

In response to concerns about crowding and congestion on the trail, on and after April 1, 2022, everyone who hikes Angels Landing needs to have a permit. The pilot permit program reflects lessons learned when we metered the number of hikers on the trail in 2019 and 2021 and by distributing tickets to use the park shuttle system in response to COVID-19 in 2020.

Get your Angels Landing Permits here: Angels Landing Permit

Rangers may ask to see permits at the Grotto or Scout Lookout. Hikers may see a ranger on the trail at any time of day or night. If you have a permit, do not forget to print or download your permit confirmation email before you start the hike. You may need to show this and identification to a ranger on the trail. If you need a larger version of this map, you can download it from the Angels Landing photo album.

After you get a permit

Prepare for your hike! Along this 5.4-mile round-trip hike, you will gain 1,488 feet in elevation.

Most hikers take around 4 hours to complete the hike, but some take longer. Check the shuttle schedule before you leave to make sure you do not miss the last shuttle. Print or download your permit and carry a flashlight or headlamp with new batteries, some food, and lots of water just in case you end up out later than you planned. The trail is well marked, but bring a park map in case you get disoriented.