Monticello Field Office

Cedar Mesa Overnight Backpacking Permits

A permit is required year-round for overnight backpacking in the canyons of Cedar Mesa.  Permits are required for the following canyons and their tributaries; Grand Gulch, Slickhorn Canyon, Fish Canyon, Owl Canyon, North and South Forks of Mule Canyon, Road Canyon, and Lime Creek. 

Ruins on Cedar MesaHigh Use and Low Use Seasons

During the high use seasons, spring (March 1st - June 15th) and fall (September 1st - October 31st), overnight backpacking permits are limited and subject to availability.  Permits may be reserved in advance by calling the Cedar Mesa Permit Office or obtained in person at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station on the day of your trip.  All permits, including those reserved in advance, must be picked up in person at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station on the day of your trip, between 8:00 AM and noon.  During the low use seasons, winter (November 1st to February 28th) and summer (June 16th to August 31st), self-pay envelopes and registration forms are available at the trailheads.

 Use Limits

For each Cedar Mesa trailhead, a total of up to 20 overnight visitors may be permitted per day.  12 of the 20 overnight visitor spaces are available for advance reservation, while the remaining eight overnight spaces are available by walk-in only at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station, on the morning of the trip.     

Advance Reservations

Advance reservations for overnight backpacking permits are available 3 months prior to your trip date and no later than 2 days before your trip date.   They may be obtained by calling the Cedar Mesa Permit Office at (435) 587-1510, between 8:00 AM and noon (MDT) Monday through Friday. 

  • Advance reservations are issued on a first come first served basis.
  • If your requested start date is not available, you have the option of picking another date, trailhead, or canyon.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people.
  • Commercial groups, organized groups (school, church, scout group, club, etc.), and groups of 8 or more people must obtain an advance reservation for a permit.
  • Payment is required at the time of reservation and can be made with a debit or credit card over the phone.
  • Reservation payments are non-refundable, however, cancellations received a minimum of 15 days prior to the trip start date may be issued a credit to be used within the same calendar year.
  • A reservation confirmation will be sent by email or US mail.
  • All advance reservation permits must be picked up at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station, between 8:00 AM and noon (MDT) on the date of your trip.
  • All permittees must watch a 10 minute low impact video prior to obtaining their permit.

Walk-In Permits

Walk-in permits for overnight backpacking on Cedar Mesa are available daily, and must be obtained at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station during the high use seasons (March 1st - June 15th and September 1st - October 31st).  During the low use seasons (November 1st - February 28th and June 16th - August 31st), self-pay envelopes and registration forms are available at the trailheads.

  • Walk-in permits for overnight backpacking are only issued on the morning of the trip, between 8:00 AM and noon (MDT).  No walk-in permits will be issued in advance of the trip start date.
  • Payment may be made with credit card, check, or cash.
  • If permits are sold out, you have the option of picking another trailhead or canyon.
  • All permittees must watch a 10 minute low impact video prior to obtaining their permit.

Permit FeesKane Gulch Ranger Station

The following fee schedule is in effect for Cedar Mesa overnight backcountry permits:

 High Use Seasons: Mar 1 - June 15 and Sept 1 - Oct 31$8.00 per person per trip
 Low Use Seasons: Nov 1 - Feb 28 and June 16 - Aug 31$5.00 per person per trip

 

 

 

 

Use Stipulations

Click here to view Cedar Mesa use stipulations.

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