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).
WHEN TO APPLY
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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.
Please be aware, fees are non-refundable.
Canyonlands charges fees for all private river permits:
For example, a Cataract Canyon trip with five people would cost $130:
Group size limit is 40 people for private river trips.
LENGTH OF STAY
Permits can be issued for up to fourteen consecutive nights.
Additional regulations apply to all river trips. For more information, please visit the River Use Stipulations Page.
QUESTIONS?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.
Did You Know?
The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...