Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-12-03 13:28:00 –
Judd Barrette / Spectrum & Daily News / AP
Friday, December 3, 2021 | 10:28 am
Zion National Park will soon need to be booked to hike the famous southern Utah trail on the edge of a red rock cliff, officials said Friday.
As of April 1st, if you wish to have a narrow hike on Angels Landing, you will need to obtain a permit through the lottery system.
The lottery will be fairer to visitors and reduce trail congestion, said director Jeff Bradivo. According to park officials, congestion is a concern on trails where people regularly fall and die on trails bordered by steep cliffs.
The number of visitors to Zion has increased rapidly in recent years, rising from about 2.8 million in 2011 to about 4.5 million in 2019. Angels Landing is one of the most popular destinations. More than 300,000 people trekked in 2019, according to park officials.
The lottery will be held twice, once seasonally and once one day before the scheduled hike. Admission costs $ 6 each, and each selected person pays $ 3 per person.
The idea is First announced The new plan reflects comments from more than 1,000 people in August, officials said.
The new system is considered a pilot project and can be adjusted as needed. Zion is located approximately 160 miles (250 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas and 300 miles (483 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.