Permit procedures for Paria Canyon and Coyote Buttes

The 112,500 acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness was designated Wilderness by US Congress in 1984. This portion of  Vermilion Cliffs National Monument continues to be a popular hiking destination with increasing visitation each year.  To provide the wilderness experience visiting hiker’s desire, the BLM instituted a permit system to limit the number of daily visitors in these popular destinations.  This assures each visitor the best wilderness experience possible.

The vast majority of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument remains open to public use with no permits or group size restrictions. These permit instructions apply only to these specific hiking areas. Permitting and group size restrictions were initiated after extensive public comment meetings and resource impact studies. They are the best available management tool for safeguarding the fragile resource while allowing optimum public access. If you wish to comment on the permit process please send comments to ——————-.

PARIA CANYON (pronounced pa re ah)

The Paria Canyon Permit Area includes Paria Canyon, Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch.  Based on your hiking plans you may select a day use only or an overnight use permit.  Day or overnight group size is restricted to not more than ten people.

The entire permitted hiking trail from the White House Trailhead in the north to Lees Ferry in the south is 38 scenic miles of  geologic beauty.

DAY USE: A permit is required for day use , $6.00 USD  permit fee per person.

If you bring your dog/s on your hike there is a $6.00 usd fee per dog. You are responsible for your dog’s behavior while in the area. You are responsible for removing solid pet waste as well as your solid human waste, if any.

Envelopes and fee tubes for permit fees and registration are available at each trail head information board located in the trail parking lots.

Other than the group size restriction  (10) there are currently no limits on overall day use permits available.

Year round we recommend a hat, sturdy hiking shoes, energy snacks, sun screen, and full water bottles. If you are bringing your dog please do not forget extra water.

OVERNIGHT USE: A permit is required for overnight use, $5.00 usd fee per person.

If you bring your dog/s on your overnight hike there is a a fee of $5.00 usd per dog.

You are responsible for your dog’s behavior while in the area. You are responsible for removing solid pet waste as well as your solid human waste.

Permits must be obtained in advance. http://www.blm.gov.az.en.arolrsmain/paria.html.

Online permit application opens four months in advance of desired hiking date/s.

For example, if you plan to hike in the month of May you would submit your on-line application in the month of January.

Only twenty people per overnight date will be permitted. No group may be larger than ten people.

Year round we recommend a hat, sturdy hiking shoes, sun screen, full water bottles,  and  appropriate seasonal camping gear. If you are bringing your dog please do not forget extra water and dog food.

Check local weather reports prior to entering Paria Canyon for overnight trips.

Coyote Buttes

The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness permit area include both Coyote Buttes north and south. The Wave, located in Coyote Buttes north is the most popular destination in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Due to the extremely high number of requests for Wave permits a lottery system was established.

Coyote Buttes North (The Wave)

Only 20 people per day are permitted for the area. Ten permits are issued four month in advance in an on-line lottery and ten permits are issued  as walk-in  lottery permits for next day use. A permit is required for each person entering the area.

The permit fee is $7.00 USD per person. If you are bringing your dog/s on the hike a fee of $7.00 usd per dog is required.  You are responsible for your dog’s behavior while in the area. You are responsible for removing solid pet waste as well as your solid human waste, if any.

Group size is limited to no more than six people.

The on-line lottery can be accessed at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote_buttes.html

The on-line lottery opens four months in advance of desired hiking date.

For example, if you wish to hike in the month of May, you would submit your on-line application in the month of January. Lottery winners would be selected  February 1.

The walk-in lottery is held at ——- (Mountain Time) for the following day.

ADD IN CURRENT WALK IN INFO HERE

Year round we recommend a hat, sturdy hiking shoes, energy snacks, sun screen, and full water bottles. If you are bringing your dog please do not forget extra water.

Permit procedures for Coyote Buttes South

Only 20 people per day  are permitted for the area. Ten permits are issued on-line and ten permits are issued as walk-in permits. Currently, both on-line and walk-in permits are issued on a ‘first come, first served’ basis unless there are more than 10 walk-in permit requests . On days of greater than 10 walk-in requests permits will be issued as a lottery.

The permit fee is $5.00 USD per person. If you are bringing your dog/s on the hike a fee of $5.00 USD per dog is required.  You are responsible for your dog’s behavior while in the area. You are responsible for removing solid pet waste as well as your solid human waste, if any.

Group size is limited to no more than six people.

Year round we recommend a hat, sturdy hiking shoes, energy snacks, sun screen, and full water bottles. If you are bringing your dog please do not forget extra water.