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Home National & State Parks Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Lottery Opens for 2014 Noncommercial River Trip Permits

Grand Canyon Lottery Opens for 2014 Noncommercial River Trip Permits

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The National Park Service is now accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park for 2014.

The permits will be for specific launch dates within calendar year 2014. A total of 450 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery web site.

rafting_leesferryTo access the web site, start from the park's main web page at
www.nps.gov/grca and select "River Trips/Permits" then "Weighted Lottery". Applications will be accepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on Feb. 26, 2013.

Each year in February, a main lottery is held to assign launch dates for river trips occurring the next year. Public notifications regarding main lotteries are made by both email and news release.

In addition to the annual main lottery, follow-up lotteries are held as needed throughout the remainder of the year to reassign canceled and/or left-over river trips. Public notifications for these follow-up lotteries are made through email, an RSS feed, and Twitter (twitter.com/GCRiverPermits).

The weighted lottery web site can be accessed year-round to create or modify an account and to sign-up to receive email notifications. Individuals who are interested in a future noncommercial river permit are strongly encouraged to create an account. Lottery applications are accepted through the weighted lottery web site only when lotteries are open.

Individuals must be 18 years or older to apply for a river trip permit. Noncommercial river trips must be self-guided, and technical whitewater experience is mandatory on each trip. Individuals may participate on a maximum of one recreational river trip per year (commercial or noncommercial).

Individuals interested in professionally-guided river trips should not apply through the lottery, but instead request space on a commercial trip. A list of commercial companies offering guided trips can be found by visiting www.nps.gov/grca, selecting "River Trips/Permits", then "3 to 18 Day Commercial Trips".

For more information about the 2014 weighted lottery, please visit the Grand Canyon National Park web site at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm, contact the River Permits Office at (800) 959-9164 or (928) 638-7884.

General Requirements

Before applying for a noncommercial permit through the weighted lottery, it is important to realize these trips are not for everyone, rangers note. Here are a few important requirements:

  • The Colorado River through Grand Canyon is a highly technical river, not something for the inexperienced to try. At least one member of each trip must have the experience and skills required by the National Park Service.

  • Noncommercial trips must be self-guided and may not hire guides.

  • All noncommercial trip expenses must be shared among all participants on a full cost sharing basis.

  • Once awarded through the weighted lottery, noncommercial trip launch dates may not be changed, deferred, or traded.

  • Trips may be passed to qualified Potential Alternate Trip Leaders (PATLs). To be qualified, these PATLs must be listed on the original lottery application, confirm their co-applicant status online before the lottery drawing, and meet all other NPS requirements.

  • The main applicant must be at least 18 years old. PATLs must be at least 18 years old by the launch date.

  • All Lottery and Permit fees are non-refundable. Applying through the Weighted Lottery costs $25, and those who are successful are immediately charged another $400 non-refundable deposit ($200 for launches advertised through the lottery as small trips). The deposit will apply toward the final permit fees. Final permit fees are currently $100 per person and are due 90 days before launch.

• All individuals are prohibited from participating on more than one (1) recreational river trip (commercial or non-commercial) per year through any part of the Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek section of the Colorado River.

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