Zion National Park Resumes Issuing Narrows Permits

Zion National Park resumed issuing permits for the top-down route of the popular Narrows hike on Sept. 29 following a brief suspension that was announced on Sept. 25. The closure was the result of a decision made by a landowner to prohibit access to the portion of the trail that crosses private land.

The landowner posted no trespassing signs on the portion of the Chamberlain Ranch trailhead that intersects with access to the Narrows. According to National Parks Traveler, the signage was a response to lack of compensation in exchange for allowing hikers to travel on private property.

Zion National Park officials were able to secure a temporary recreational access license that will allow day use and backcountry camping permits to be issued through the end of 2018.

“We greatly appreciate the goodwill of the landowners and the efforts of the Washington County Commission in quickly resolving access concerns to the Virgin River Narrows,” Jeff Bradybaugh, Zion National Park superintendent, said in a press release.

The park service is negotiating an agreement that will secure ongoing access to the top-down Narrows route.


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