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Hiking in Arizona and Utah: Which parks require backcountry permits?

Asked by mattbrowne (31595points) June 25th, 2010

I know that Grand Canyon does? What about the other national or state parks?

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marinelife's avatar

“Grand Falls area also requires you to have a backcountry permit and is a day use area.” Source

The Rincon area of Suguaro national Park only requires a backcountry permit for overnight camping. Source

The Coconino National Forest requires backcountry permits for winter access only. Source

YARNLADY's avatar

I believe all National Parks and Forests have permit requirements.

phaedryx's avatar

It depends on where you want to hike. For example, the zion narrows requires a permit (to hike from top to bottom), but angel’s landing (also in zion national park) does not.

mattbrowne's avatar

@YARNLADY – In 2007 we spent time in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado. None of the parks there required backcountry permits. We were able to make ad-hoc decisions where to go and when.

YARNLADY's avatar

@mattbrowne Did you confirm they weren’t needed, or just go, like most people do?

mattbrowne's avatar

@YARNLADY – Good point. We just went. It wasn’t very crowded.

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