River Permits

2015 Reservations

  • Reservations can be made online at canypermits.nps.gov up to four months in advance and two days prior to the trip start date.
  • Reservations cancelled prior to two days before the trip start date will receive a credit for a future reservation statring within one year. Please call the Reservation Office at (435) 259-4351.

River permits may be obtained in person or by mail from the Reservation Office in Moab, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Permits may also be obtained in person at any Canyonlands National Park visitor center (hours vary).


There is no lottery for river permits in Canyonlands. These permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis available no more than four months, and no less than two days prior to the permit start date. There are no daily launch limits in Canyonlands, so there is no need to submit mulitiple requests for the same date. If you submit a request, you will get a permit...for any date you choose.


To apply for a river permit, visit our online reservation system at canypermits.nps.gov. Once your reservation is processed, you will receive an email with instructions for making a payment at www.pay.gov. Once your payment is received, your permit will be sent by email.

You may also print and complete a reservation form and submit it by email, mail or fax. These reservations will be processed when received. Requested sites may not be available if reserved online prior to processing.


Please be aware, fees are non-refundable.

Canyonlands charges fees for all private river permits:
Flat Water: $30 reservation fee + $20 per person
Cataract Canyon: $30 reservation fee + $20 per person

For example, a Cataract Canyon trip with five people would cost $130:
$30 (reservation fee) + $100 (per person fee for five people) = $130.


Group size limit is 40 people for private river trips.


Permits can be issued for up to fourteen consecutive nights.


Additional regulations apply to all river trips. For more information, please visit the River Regulations Page.


Reservation Office staff are available by phone to answer questions and assist with trip planning Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon (Mountain Time), at (435) 259-4351. When workload permits, phones may be answered until 4:00 p.m. You may also contact them by email.

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