Rules Are Changing for Backpacking Permits at Grand Canyon National Park

If you’re planning an overnight visit to the Grand Canyon National Park in the USA, the rules regarding obtaining a backpacking permit are set to change in February 2010.

The current rules for applying for a Grand Canyon overnight backpacking permit state that travellers have to request a permit either in writing or in person 4-months in advance. Immediate consideration is given to requests submitted in person.

Park officials say consideration of written requests can take up to three weeks due to the large number of requests received in writing, especially on the first day of that four month window of opportunity. Since many of the park’s visitors travel from across the country and around the world to take a backcountry trip in the Grand Canyon National Park, they are put at a disadvantage because they are unable to submit their advance permit requests in person.

With intentions of adding fairness into the system for those who can’t simply walk into the National Park’s office with a permit request, come February all requests for a permit for trips four months down the road will have to be in writing. Written requests can be submitted by fax, letter or by hand delivery. Backpacking permit requests can not yet be accepted by telephone or by e-mail but plans are underway to include in these in the future.

So, beginning in February 2010, if you want to head out into the park backpacking for specific dates in June 2010, the first day to submit a permit request in writing will be February 1.

For more information on overnight backpacking permits, click here to visit the Grand Canyon National Park website.

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*Premium £25.68 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 35 taking out a Standard Backpacker 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months in the USA. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (November 2009) and are subject to change.