Permits are not required for a long-distance hike or ride along the Arizona Trail; however, permits are required for overnight camping and entrance within some Parks. These permits are not managed by the ATA; you will need to contact each agency directly. Here are the permits you may need:

Colossal Cave Mountain Park (Passage 8)

Has a camping fee and you must stay in the designated campgrounds of La Selvilla or El Bosquecito. Colossal Cave website.

Saguaro National Park (Passage 9)

Requires park entrance and camping permits for all hikers. Camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds (Grass Shack and Manning Camp). To learn more about backcountry camping at Saguaro visit their park website. Permits can be obtained through During peak thru-hiking seasons (January 15 – April 30 and Sept 15-Nov 30), the AZT Thru Hiker permit is available. This permit can be obtained up to the day you plan to sleep in the park and is valid for up to 14 days. It covers camping at specially designated shared sites at either Grass Shack or Manning Camp.

During the rest of the year, Wilderness Permits are required and are linked to individual campsites at either campground.

Compliance is strictly enforced and at large camping is not permitted.

Grand Canyon National Park (Passage 38)

Requires a camping permit and camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds (Bright Angel and Cottonwood). Although Grand Canyon backcountry permits can be very challenging to obtain, you can apply through Grand Canyon National Park has set aside two small sites for AZT thru-hikers (each site is 1-6 people, so for the two sites a total of 12 hikers per night are available) at Bright Angel Campground from April 4-  May 31. Hikers are also welcome to try to get a last-minute walk-up permit from the Backcountry Office on the South Rim or North Rim. For those last-minute permits, you may still have to wait a day or two to get through. Attempting to camp in Grand Canyon without a permit is not recommended and will guarantee you a big ticket . . . this is, after all, one of the most heavily patrolled parks in the National Park system. And while hiking through the entire canyon in a day is possible, a magical part of the AZT experience is camping within the canyon — one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Arizona State Trust Lands

A 15-foot wide right of way for the Arizona Trail has been obtained so you can cross approximately 91 miles of State Trust Land without a permit (mostly on passages 6, 7, 14 and 15). If you plan on traveling outside the 15-foot corridor to camp, explore, etc. then it is recommended that you obtain a State Land Recreation Permit. They are only $15 and allow recreational access to almost 9 million acres throughout Arizona. Permits can be obtained through the Arizona State Land Department website.