(CNN) – One of America’s most popular national park hikes will require a permit starting in 2022.
“Angels Landing is one of Zion National Park’s most iconic destinations and the permitting will make the visit fair for everyone,” National Park Service (NPS) Director Jeff Bradybaugh said in a statement.
He added, “The system we have put in place will reduce congestion on the trail, resolve safety concerns, and make it easy for visitors to plan ahead.”
Lucky visitors who get permits will then have to pay $ 3 per person. The fees are used to support the park rangers who will manage the crowd flow and permit checks.
Bradybaugh confirms the new permitting system is a work in progress and encourages feedback from visitors once it has started.
Angels Landing was previously called the Temple of Aeolus.
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Overpopulation has been a major problem.
Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, chief spokesperson for the NPS, told CNN that 2021 “will be one of our busiest summers and years ever.”
In addition to the erosion that can be caused by too many pairs of boots walking the same trails, overcrowding can also cause short-term problems.
Many inexperienced campers and hikers have visited NPS sites this year, some of whom have left trash, posted graffiti, or disobeyed other park rules. Unprepared visitors can also run out of water, injure themselves, or require emergency services.
Zion National Park welcomed around 4.5 million visitors in 2019, according to NPS data.