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U.S. Wilderness Permits – March Permits

U.S. Wilderness Permits Available to apply for in March

Ready to discover incredible adventures in the wild corners of the United States? These are experiences you won’t want to miss, but here’s a friendly tip: don’t leave the planning and permit reservations to the last minute.

Permits and lotteries open up at various times throughout the year, and having the right passes is key to enjoying the great outdoors fully. Whether it’s camping, hiking, or snagging a backcountry pass, there are endless adventure possibilities. Given the high demand, planning ahead is the name of the game.

Believe it or not, some permits need to be secured 6-months to almost a year ahead.This blog breaks down the permits releasing in March, helping you plan the ultimate outdoor journey for the rest of 2024!

Just a quick reminder: always be prepared, know the risks, do your research, plan well, and most importantly, have a blast! Keep it wild and leave no trace

You may need an America The Beautiful Pass to enter many of these National Parks and other wilderness locations. Get your card now so it’s one less thing you have to think about on the road. 

Seasonal Permits To Apply For In February

Half Dome Permits

Starting March 1, 2024 - Permits Available for the 2024 Season

Dates
Information
March 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024
Preseason lottery
April 11, 2024
Notification of results of preseason lottery
May 19, 2024
Preseason lottery acceptance date (awarded preseason lottery permits must be confirmed and purchased by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on this date)
May 22, 2024 - October 13, 2024
Daily lotteries (apply two days in advance of desired hiking date – dates may be adjusted annually based on conditions)
May 24, 2024 - October 15, 2024
Half Dome Cables up (dates may be adjusted annually based on conditions)
October 16, 2024
Half Dome Cables down for the season (date may be adjusted annually based on conditions

Did you know Half Dome in Yosemite is not just a peak but a challenge waiting to be conquered? Back in 1875, George Anderson proved the naysayers wrong and created the original route for today’s cable climb.

Fast forward to now, thousands tackle the summit each year, turning a hike into an adventure for some. Rangers often assist on the trail, especially on the famous cable ascent. These two metal cables make the last 400 feet a climbable feat without rock climbing gear.

But wait, there’s more! The 14 to 16-mile round-trip, gaining 4,800 feet, demands a good fitness level. Why? Well, the reward is breathtaking views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, and a panoramic spectacle from the summit.

The journey takes 10 to 12 hours, so if you’re day hiking, an early start is the way to go. Set a non-negotiable turn-around time and pack a flashlight, good vibes, and a map. Yosemite weather can be tricky, so prepare for it, and keep an eye on storms. Now, who’s up for an unpredictable yet thrilling wilderness adventure to Half Dome? The lottery opens March 1st!

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Permits

Starting February 1, 2024 - Permits Required from February 2024 - August 2024

Dates
Information
March 1, 2024 - May 31, 2024
High use season
June 1, 2024 - September 30, 2024
Low use season. Hot temperatures, Flash floods are common
October 1, 2024 - November 30, 2024
High use season
December 1, 2023 - February 28, 2024
Low use season. Cold water temperatures

Ever heard of Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in Arizona? It’s a hidden gem with towering cliffs, flowing water, and an incredible mix of plants and wildlife across its 19,410 acres. Nestled between Tucson and Phoenix, this place is a haven for those seeking solitude and stunning scenery.

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness ensures a true wilderness experience. Picture this: no marked trails, campsites, signs, or facilities. It’s rugged and wild, so hikers, be ready for a challenging yet rewarding adventure through dense riparian vegetation – a sign of a healthy ecosystem.

Strap on sturdy footwear for sandy, gravelly, and cobblestone terrain, with knee-deep water crossings. The West trailhead at 2,630 feet elevates to 3,060 feet over 12.25 miles to the East trailhead. Multiple side canyons, caves, outcrops, chimneys, and “windows” await exploration, offering a playground for hikers of all levels.

Aravaipa Creek, a year-round water companion, is a rare sight in the Arizona desert. Lined with sycamore, ash, cottonwood, and willow trees, it’s a vibrant oasis. Fall brings a burst of red and golden leaves, creating a magical contrast with the Sonoran Desert surroundings.

Monthly Permits

Coyote Buttes North - THE WAVE

On March 1, 2024, Lottery opened to applications for permits during July 2024.

Application Start Date
Event Date
March 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024
Lottery open to applications for permits during July
April 1, 2024
Results for permits during July

Have you ever heard of Coyote Buttes North? It is such an incredible spot within the breathtaking Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs wilderness area that you simply must see! The sandstone formations there are some of the most impressive in the world, and The Wave in particular is definitely worth checking out. While it’s important to note that there are no trails or facilities, permit-holders can benefit from having a guide complete with pictures, a map, and GPS to help navigate the area. The hike to The Wave can be challenging, but it’s achievable with some effort and prior preparation. Be sure to inquire about recent weather when planning your trip, as the road to the permit area may require a high-clearance two-wheel-drive, and four-wheel-drive or alternate arrangements may be necessary in certain conditions. 

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 March for your chance at July 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.Fe

Coyote Buttes South Advanced Permit

Lottery opens for June 2024 Permits

Application Start Date
Event Date
March 1, 2024
Reservations accepted starting at 12 noon MST for a permit during May

Coyote Buttes South is a total must-visit spot! Covering 112,500 acres of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, it’s home to some of the most amazing and mind-blowing sandstone formations you’ll ever see. Keep in mind that hiking here means trekking in deep sand, but trust us, it’s totally worth it! There aren’t any designated hiking trails or specific spots to go to, so go ahead and explore in your own way! Make sure you’re fit and have backcountry hiking and navigation skills before you go, and you’re all set!

THIS IS NOT THE WAVE

To help protect yourself and the wilderness experience, please take the following precautions:

  • Four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle is required for Cottonwood Cove & Paw Hole Trailheads. The roads accessing these trailheads are composed of deep sand with sections of rough rock.
  • Lone Tree is the only trailhead that may be accessible with a two-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle when road conditions are good. However, accessing the permit area using this option adds an additional 5-mile round trip hike through deep sand.
  • Check weather forecasts at the Paria Contact Station, the GSENM Kanab Visitor Center, or online before you go.
  • Tell a responsible person your itinerary and whom to contact if you are overdue.
  • If you carry an emergency beacon or SPOT, know how and when to use it. False alarms put rescuers at risk and can cause lasting damage to the canyons.
  • Carry at least a gallon of water per person in hot weather. 

Paria Canyon Overnight Permits

Lottery opens for June 2024 Permits

Application Start Date
Event Date
March 1, 2024
Reservations accepted starting at 12 noon MST for a permit during June

Paria Canyon is super beautiful and has huge red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, and hanging gardens – it’s nationally known for its beauty. Plus, it’s actually part of one of the longest slot canyon systems in the United States, which is made up of Paria Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, and Wire Pass.

If you’re after solitude, Paria Canyon’s a great place to be. You can backpack through the water-sculpted narrows and colorful geological layers, and the views are pretty stunning too. Just remember that there aren’t really any marked trails, drinking water sources can be few and far between, and you might not run into many other visitors. There are also some tricky obstacles to be aware of, like quicksand, deep mud, and canyon obstructions – so be prepared, take precautions, and stay safe. If you’re planning on hiking in a slot canyon, make sure you check the weather for the whole watershed first!

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.

 

Weekly & Daily Permits

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