Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Big change for Zion National Park’s slot canyon permits

March 8, 2012, 12:18 pm

Zion National Park is making a big change in how it allots last-minute wilderness permits to visit slot canyons.

The park now will let visitors compete online for last-minute day use permits.

"This new system will eliminate the need for visitors to wait in line at the visitor center for permit," park spokesman Ray O'Neil wrote in a press statement today.

The change was the result of a public comment airing this fall. Visitors were tired of getting up insanely early — or even staying up all night — to hang around the visitors center for hours before opening, just to be close enough to the front of the line to score an unassigned day use permit.

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