Back in November, when I was camping in Zion and got to the Ranger station on a Wednesday because during the off-season they gave out permits for the forthcoming Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So, your chances increased dramatically (4x) but this particular Friday my application would only be good for Saturday, May 25th. Not surprising, the room was full and it turns out there were a total of 48 applications and 148 people hoping to get to hike The Wave.
I had arrived to the BLM office with only two minutes to spare and I was given #47. As the numbers were called out, one winner was Kathy from SoCal and she had put four people on her application but announced she really only needed two. Permits 1-9 were quickly announced with one remaining LUCKY WINNER – ME!