2020 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PERMIT CALENDAR

Source: https://www.outdoordetour.com/permits


UPDATE JANUARY 29, 2020 - Added Mount Rainier dates and permit/camping info. Also adding a “Rolling Permit” section at the top for all permits with no specific dates (ex: apply 6 months before your desired trip date).

UPDATE JANUARY 14, 2020 - Corrected Zion dates and added separate dates for Subway permits.

UPDATE JANUARY 13, 2020 - Half Dome Cables dates for 2020 announced and updated below.


ROLLING PERMITS JMT (SOBO): Apply for permit 6 months before your desired hiking date JANUARY 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for May permits 01: Yellowstone backcountry permit applications accepted 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for March 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for April 05: Brooks Camp reservations open for the entire season Jun 1 - Sep 17 08: Grand Tetons permit applications accepted 8:00am MT 08: Zion campsites at Watchman Campground open through July 7 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for May 15 to June 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for June trips 29: Boundary Waters reservations for all permits open 9:00am ET FEBRUARY 01: Havasupai reservations open for the year 01: Mt Whitney permit lottery registration opens 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for June permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for April 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for May 11: Grand Teton backcountry permit reservations go live 15: Enchantments permit lottery registration opens 7:00am PT 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for June 15 to July 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for July trips 29: Enchantments permit lottery registration closes 11:59pm PT MARCH 01: Half Dome Cables permit lottery registration opens for the entire month 01: Rocky Mountain wilderness campsite reservations open 8:00am MT 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for July permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for May 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for June 07: Enchantments lottery results published 1:55am PT 15: Mt Rainier reservation site goes live for Summer 2020 wilderness permits 15: Mt Whitney permit lottery closes 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for July 15 to August 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for August trips 24: Mt Whitney lottery results published 31: Half Dome Cables permit lottery registration closes 11:59pm PT 31: Yellowstone backcountry permit applications close for advance lottery APRIL 01: Mt Whitney reservations open for remaining dates 01: Enchantments unclaimed permits returned to reservation system 7:00am PT 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for August permits 01: Mt Rainier park rangers begin processing reservation requests 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for June 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for July 10: Half Dome Cables lottery results published 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for August 15 to September 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for September trips MAY 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for September permits 01: Denali Road lottery application period opens for the entire month 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for July 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for August 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for September 15 to October 14 20: Half Dome Cables daily lotteries begin (apply two days in advance) 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for October trips 31: Denali Road lottery application period ends JUNE 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for October permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for August 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for September 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for October 15 to November 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for November trips JULY 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for November permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for September 05: Zion advance lottery opens for Subway permits for October 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for November 15 to December 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for December trips AUGUST 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for December permits 01: Yellowstone snowmobile permit lottery applications accepted (closes Aug 31) 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for October 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for December 15 to January 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for January trips 31: Yellowstone snowmobile permit lottery application period ends 11:59pm MT SEPTEMBER 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for January permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for November 10: Yellowstone snowmobile permit lottery winner announced 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for January 15 to February 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for February trips OCTOBER 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for February permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for December 09: Yellowstone snowmobile remaining permit inventory made available to public at 8:00am 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for February 15 to March 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for March trips NOVEMBER 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for March permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for January 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for March 15 to April 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for April trips DECEMBER 01: The Wave lottery registration opens for April permits 05: Zion calendar reservations available for backcountry permits for November 15: Yosemite campground reservations open 7:00am PT for April 15 to May 14 20: Grand Canyon backcountry permit applications accepted for May trips


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

BOUNDARY WATERS // PHOTO: © JIM BRANDENBURG

Jan 29: Boundary Waters reservations for all permits open 9:00am ET

  • Boundary Waters contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

  • Permits are required for any overnight trip between May 1 and September 30.

  • For any overnight trips between October 1 and April 30, simply fill out a self-issued permit at any of the Boundary Waters entry points.

  • Walk-up permits may be obtained at any permit issuing station on the entry date or one day prior, however reservations are highly recommended.

  • All permits for all entry points are available January 29 at 9:00am CT and can be booked online via Recreation.gov

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Brooks Camp Bear Watching, Katmai National Park, Alaska

BROOKS CAMP BEAR BRIDGE // PHOTO: MARK MEYER

Jan 05: Brooks Camp reservations open for the entire season (Jun 1 - Sep 17) Camping

  • Brooks Camp is only open June 1 to September 17.

  • I know camping sounds crazy, but the Brooks Camp Campground is surrounded by an electric fence and it’ll be about $1,000 less than any of the lodges available up there. They provide most standard campground amenities. They do have fire rings but visitors are not allowed to cook any food over the fire, because, ya know, BEARS!

  • There are lodges available through Bristol Adventures but they’re expensive and they do a lottery for the chance to reserve a lodge 1.5 years out.

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Conundrum Hot Springs, Colorado

CONUNDRUM HOT SPRINGS // PHOTO: FLICKR USER WANDERSTRUCK

2020 dates for Conundrum Hot Springs permits have not been announced yet.

  • The Conundrum Hot Springs are located about 8.5-miles (17mi. RT) from the Conundrum Creek Trailhead at 11,200ft above sea level. (Hike info on AllTrails). There are 20 campsites available for advance reservation on Recreation.gov.

  • The best time to visit Conundrum Hot Springs is July-September. From early October through the end of June the campsites and trail are snow-covered, the trailhead is inaccessible to vehicles, avalanche hazards exist in the valley and route finding is difficult.

  • These hot springs have been historically overused and abused in the past, leading to the current permit system. PLEASE do not abuse this area or any others and be sure to LEAVE NO TRACE!

  • The trail starts at 8,800 feet elevation and crosses Conundrum Creek 3 times along the way. Primitive log bridges span the first and the second crossings, but the third crossing requires wading through the creek which can be extremely difficult depending on the time of year and snowpack.