U.S. Wilderness Permits – April 2023

Don’t wait until it’s too late to plan and reserve your permits for some of the most amazing wilderness areas in the United States. Permits and lotteries are released to the public throughout the year. Most of the U.S. wilderness areas require some type of passes, whether it be for camping, hiking, backcountry, or more. Most importantly, many of these permits may need to be requested up to 6-months to a year in advance.

This blog is designed to help you understand which required permits will be released throughout April to help you plan your outdoor adventure trips for the rest of 2023!

Remember that it’s important always to be prepared and know the risks before you go. Do your research, plan, and have fun! Keep it wild and leave no trace

Don't Miss Permits - Events That Happen Once A Year

Part of Congaree National Park - Firefly Viewing

Near Gadsden, South Carolina

Event Date

Sat, May 13, 2023 to Thu, May 25, 2023

Application Deadline

Wed, Apr 12, 2023 | 10:00am EDT

Lottery Results Avaiable

Mon, Apr 17, 2023

Congaree National Park is home to several different species of fireflies, but it is the synchronized fireflies that lure thousands of people to the park each spring. These fireflies are one of only a few species around the world that synchronize their flash patterns in a majestic ritual that heralds the coming of summer. This late springtime display is part of their annual mating ritual for approximately two weeks, typically around mid-May, along the edge of the Congaree floodplain. 

During the evenings of May 13-16 and May 19-24, entry to the park will be limited to only 130 vehicles displaying a valid event pass. Event passes will be distributed via lottery to provide an equitable opportunity for all interested visitors in this limited yet high-demand event. During the event, the park entrance gates will close to entry at 4:00 PM. Day-use visitors will exit the park by this time. Access to the Firefly viewing area will open to ticket holders at 6:30 PM. During non-event days, the front country areas of the park (including the entrance road and visitor center) will be closed to the public after 4:00 PM. 

Please visit the park’s Fireflies webpage for additional information about this event. 

Image collected from TimeOut

Seasonal Permits

Zion National Park - Hike Angels Landing

Summer 2023 (Hikes on June 1 – August 31)

Event Date

Thu, Jun 1, 2023 to Thu, Aug 31, 2023

Application Deadline

Fri, Apr 21, 2023 | 1:59am EDT

Lottery Results Avaiable

Tue, Apr 25, 2023

You must have a permit to hike any portion of Angels Landing from the start of the permitted area at Scout Lookout to the summit. Permits are needed every day and at all times. Permits (issued in specific time slots) are available through two lottery processes. The seasonal lottery application periods occur quarterly (see important dates below). Additional permits are issued in day-before lotteries.   

How Does the Quota Work for this Permit?

Seasonal Lottery

The summer seasonal lottery application period is April 1-20, and covers hiking dates from June 1 – August 31. Applicants may enter the seasonal lottery once and apply for a permit for up to six people. When applying, up to seven dates or date ranges and corresponding hike start times may be selected in preference order. On April 25, applicants will be notified of the results by email, and successful applicants will automatically be issued their permit and charged the per person fee. Issued permits may be any of the choices entered during the application process. 

Day-before Lottery

Additional lotteries will be conducted the day before the desired hike date. Applicants may enter the day-before lottery between midnight (12:01 AM) and 3:00 PM. Applicants will be notified of the results by email by 4:00 PM. Applicants may apply for a permit for up to six people (including the applicant) and may select multiple preferences for hike start times. 

Mount St. Helens Climbing Permit

April - May 2023 Daily Climber Permits

Event Date

April 1, 2023 – May 14, 2023

Number Of Climbers

350 climbers per day 

Climbing permits are required year-round on Mount St. Helens. A Climbing Permit allows an individual or group (max size limit of 12) to be in or upon the area defined as the Mount St. Helens Closure Area #2 during the 24 hours designated by the permit. 

To reduce crowding and protect natural features, the number of climbers per day on Mount St. Helens is subject to a quota from April 1 to October 31.  

Outside the quota season permits are free of charge and self-issued at the trailhead.

Monthly Permits

Coyote Buttes North - THE WAVE

August 2023 Permits & Link To Daily Lottery

Event Date

Tue, Aug 1, 2023, to Thu, Aug 31, 2023

Application Deadline

Mon, May 1, 2023 | 1:59am EDT

Lottery Results Avaiable

Mon, May 1, 2023

Permits are required to visit the Coyote Buttes North wilderness area, otherwise known as “The Wave”.  These are day-use only, no overnight permits are allowed, which means no camping. Wishful permit holders may enter the lottery anytime during April for your chance at August permits.

The lottery is run on the first of the next month at 9:00 am EST, and applicants are notified (immediately following the lottery) via email whether they were selected or not. Permit winners must log back in to confirm the winning permit, complete any remaining information and submit payment by the 15th of the month or forfeit the permit. Each individual may submit only one application per lottery. 

How Does the Quota Work for this Permit?

  • The quota for this permit is measured in persons and/or groups visiting the area per day. A daily maximum of 64 people are permitted to visit Coyote Buttes North.
  • 48 people and/or 12 groups (whichever comes first) are awarded through the online lottery system.
  • The other 16 people and/or four groups (whichever comes first) are awarded through the Daily Lottery, a separate process from this online lottery.
  • The maximum group size is 6 people.
  • Everyone, regardless of age, must be included in the permit. This includes infants that are not walking.
  • Dogs do not count against the quota, but must be included on the permit and also require a fee. This process occurs during the confirmation of a successful lottery application.

Paria Canyon Overnight Permits

July 2023 Permits

Event Date

Reservations accepted starting at 12 noon MDT for a permit during July

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023

This permit is required to camp overnight in the canyon. You must apply for, obtain, and purchase a permit in advance and pick up your permit in person within ten days of the start date of your trip. 

How Does the Quota Work for this Permit?

Overnight entry into the canyons is limited to 20 people daily (dogs do not count against this total). This is a cumulative total from all four trailheads. No more than ten people per group. If your group is larger than ten, you must split into two groups of no more than ten people; each group must enter the area on a separate day and is not permitted to travel with, enter or exit with, or camp with the other group. You cannot hold more than one permit per permit area simultaneously. Everyone, regardless of age, must be included in the overnight permit. This includes infants that are not walking.

Bob Bear Trailhead

May 2023 Permits

Event Date

On April 1, permits are available to purchase for the following month of May.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023

Advance permits are required to park a vehicle in the Fossil Creek permit area April 1–October 1. During this season, a maximum of one permit per person per calendar month may be reserved (one permit=one day). Permits are made available on the first of the month one month ahead of time. 

The permit allows parking for one vehicle only at the Bob Bear Trailhead parking lot. Maximum vehicle length is 22 ft. All persons listed on the permit must be accommodated inside the vehicle with a legal seatbelt. The permit guarantees parking within the specified parking lot, but specific parking space assignments are not made. Parking spaces are occupied on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Permits are not required October 2–March 31, 2023.

Weekly & Daily Permits

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