Protect The Wilderness
Wilderness is a rare wild place where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the earth and find healing, meaning, and significance. Knowledge, respect, and understanding for these wild and undeveloped places will ensure that they remain spectacular for years to come. To learn more visit .
You can help preserve and protect the Zion Wilderness for future generations by following these regulations.
Permits are required for The Subway regardless of the direction of travel. It is a day-use area only.
Group Size Limit
Large groups produce increased impacts on the wilderness. The group size limit for The Subway is 12 people sharing the same affiliation (e.g., school, club, scout troop, family, and friends) in the same on the same day. Group size limits are strictly enforced. Permits will be denied and violators will be cited if limits are exceeded.
If a faster group catches up to you, allow them to pass.
Bolts should only be placed as a last result. Only use a bolt if there are no other safe options for creating an anchor. If bolts are used, they should be placed so that they will last for many years and will avoid scarring on the rock caused by rope pulls.
Commercial guiding is not permitted in The Subway or on other wilderness trails.
Leave No Trace
While traveling through the wilderness, please show respect for your national park and your fellow visitors.
Stay on the Trail
If you must leave the trail, avoid stepping on biological soil crusts. It can take decades to regrow and can be destroyed by a single step. Travel on slickrock and canyon bottoms whenever possible.
Pack It In, Pack It Out
Carry all of your trash out of the wilderness, including toilet paper. Don't bury it, burn it, or leave it. Use a human waste disposal bag to transport your solid waste. If you do not have a disposal bag, waste can be buried in a small hole 4 to 8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water and campsites.