To help visitors more easily plan their trips, the new system replaces the previous method of faxing or mailing reservation application forms and also offers site availability calendars, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
Reservations can be made no more than four months, and no less than two days, in advance for the following backcountry permits:
Backpacking; four-wheel-drive and mountain bike camping – including sites along the White Rim Road; four-wheel-drive day-use – including permits for Salt, Horse or Lavender canyons; Needles District front-country group sites, including such sites as Split Top, Wooden Shoe, and Squaw Flat; and river trips including Cataract Canyon and flat-water trips.
Slots not reserved in advance will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who apply in person at the park’s visitor centers and central reservation office.
“Sites will not be set aside to accommodate these in-person permit requests, so reservations are highly recommended,” Park Service officials said in the news release.
For more information about park backcountry reservations or to access the new system visit the park’s official website at: www.nps.gov/cany.