U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
Coyote Buttes Permit Area - How to Obtain a Permit
If you are unable to access the permit pages, you will need to change your security settings to accommodate BLM secure web page requirements. Click "Tools" on the menu bar, then click "Internet Options", "Advanced" tab and then scroll down to the Security Section and check the box "Use TLS 1.0". Click "OK", then try the permit page again.
Coyote Buttes South, and Paria Canyon Overnight
Coyote Buttes North Lottery Schedule
Half of the available daily slots for Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South are issued online. The total number of permits will vary by group size, but the total available slots for each area is 20 persons per day. Ten are issued online. The other ten are issued as walk-in permits.
Coyote Buttes North is an internationally renowned hiking destination. In order to make it fair for everyone who wishes to visit, a lottery system has been put in place. (Coyote Buttes South is still on the calendar system) The lottery works like this:
Let's say you wanted to visit Coyote Buttes North in April. Here is the procedure you would follow.
Permits for Coyote Buttes South are usually available. If you enter the online lottery for Coyote Buttes North, attempting to obtain a permit for April-June and September-November, the odds were about 4-5% for 2013. For other months (off-season), the odds vary from 8% (August) -25% (January).
If you missed the online lottery and are visiting the Southern Utah/Northern Arizona area, you can obtain a walk-in permit for Coyote Buttes North (the Wave) and Coyote Buttes South at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah. From mid-March to Mid November, walk-in permits can be obtained seven (7) days a week. From mid-November through mid-March, walk-in permits are issued Monday-Friday, except for federal holidays (including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President's Day). During this time, permits for Saturday-Monday are drawn on Friday. Please call the number at the bottom of this page if you have any questions about the walk-in permit process.
Walk-in Permit Example
Some people have tried to circumvent the process by having more than one person in their group enter the drawing. This is dishonest and unfair to those who follow the rules. Please respect your fellow hikers and the BLM staff. If more than one member from your group submits an application, your group will be disqualified from the lottery.
No. But it is possible to get a walk-in permit one day in advance at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah (see previous instructions for walk-in permits).
No. Coyote Buttes is a day-use area only. There is no water available and there are no areas that cannot be reached in a day hike, so it would not be a good overnight destination.
No, however, each trip requires a separate application and payment of fees.
Using the lottery system, you are limited to one trip per month. If you obtain a permit using the calendar, you can obtain as many permits as there are available, but each must be purchased individually. If you obtain a walk-in permit, you cannot obtain another for two weeks.
Yes. We allow 20 people per day into both Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South. This is a cumulative total from all trailheads/access points.
No more than six persons per group. If the group is larger than 6 people, the group will need to split into two groups of no more than 6 people each and each group is required to enter the area on a separate day and is not permitted to travel with, or enter or exit with, the other group.
The number of groups is not limited. However, group size is limited to six and the combined trailhead/access point entry is no more than 20 persons per day for each area.
Yes, but you are limited in what you can do. A date change requires a $30 fee and available hiking slots on the current hiking availability calendars. A group size increase is handled by obtaining a new permit for the additional group members, keeping in mind that you cannot exceed the group size limit.
You can expect your permit about four to six weeks after you pay the permit fee.
If you applied for a permit using the lottery, you will be notified whether you were successful or not on the first day of the following month. For instance, if you apply for a lottery application in July for the month of November, you will be notified via e-mail on August 1.
The BLM Arizona Strip and Kanab Field Offices authorize special recreation permits for commercial guide services.
Permit fees are charged for the Coyote Buttes North and South, Buckskin Gulch, Wire Pass and overnight Paria Canyon permit areas only. The surrounding areas are open to use without permits or limits.
Yes. Permit fees must be paid in advance to permit authorization for each visitor. There are no special fee considerations for Coyote Buttes North or Coyote Buttes South areas.
No. America the Beautiful Passes passes are only accepted for entrance fees to areas such as national parks or some national conservation areas. Special Recreation Permits for Coyote Buttes and Paria Canyon are not part of the America the Beautiful Pass program.
Senior and Access passes are not accepted.
Fees for online permits can only be paid by credit card. Fees for permits issued by phone can be paid by credit card or check mailed to the BLM Arizona Strip District Office; checks must be received before a permit application is authorized and a permit number is issued.
No. Permits are nonrefundable and non-transferable. “Rainchecks” cannot be issued for any reason. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Fees are nonrefundable.
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument