we looked into deep creek decent 2 years ago. There was not enough time and timely information on it and given the fault style landscape we decided to run it from NF instead. Topos show no serious drop in elevation but it is fault style canyon, certainly not a first d for noobs. A hiker perspective would be nice to see if they needed ropes to get up/down things or beta on wood.
Also, I know you all want the virgin to go, and you all want to run the virgin, but calling the backcountry desk, zion shuttle services, ponderosa (private) ranch, and everybody else in the Springdale phone book is not helping to reiterate EXACTLY what is stated above. May I suggest, before you call and bug someone with no vested interest in the subject (besides the Park) you ask your question here or find your answer from someone who already asked it and posted it here.
Also, it looks like another 2 weeks anyway, the forcast for zion is cold and rainy. Don't get too excited b/c it may hold out until May like it did last year and the year before...or it may not run minimum flows like the 8 years previous to that. Only time will tell and believe me when it goes we/you will find a way to get to the put in...
and yes they will let you get a permit to run just the temple and your shuttle or use the zion shuttle
I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!