SALT LAKE CITY — Zion National Park will soon require reservations to hike a famous southern Utah trail perched on the edge of a red-rock cliff.

Park officials said Friday that anyone who wants to hike the narrow Angels Landing hike will need to get a permit through a lottery system start of April 1.

Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh says the lottery will be fairer to visitors and reduce crowding on the trail. People regularly fall and die from the trail edged by a sheer cliff.

The number of people visiting Zion has grown rapidly in recent years and Angels Landing is one of the most sought-after destinations.

The National Park Service (NPS) will issue permits using online lotteries at Recreation.gov. The first lottery opens on Jan. 3, 2022.

“Angels Landing is one of the most iconic destinations in Zion National Park and issuing permits will make going there fair for everyone.” Bradybaugh said. “The system we’ve put in place will reduce crowding on the trail, address safety concerns and make it easy for visitors to plan ahead.”

Visitors can get a permit by entering seasonal lotteries or a different lottery the day before their planned hikes.

It will cost $6 to enter any of the lotteries and successful permit holders will pay a $3 per person fee.

These funds will cover costs to manage the lotteries and for additional NPS rangers who will assist visitors and check permits on the trail. Learn when and how to enter the lotteries at go.nps.gov/AngelsLanding.

The National Park Service describes the new system as a pilot program that will be adjusted as needed.