The National Park Service recently announced forthcoming procedural changes in the way backcountry permits are issued. The biggest, and most controversial, is the elimination of an advantage for individuals who arrive in person on the first day that permits for any given month become available.
In an attempt to be more equitable, the NPS backcountry office will process mailed and faxed requests before honoring those made in person. Many local hikers are dismayed at losing what had been a distinct advantage in securing their desired hiking itinerary. Conversely, canyon enthusiasts from across the country (and globe) couldn’t be happier about the new arrangement as their chances have improved.