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 after the first business day in January for each calendar year*. 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.
*This policy will change on September 1, 2013. For details, view the news release.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for a river permit, please download and complete the River Trip Application Form (33kb PDF file). Once your reservation request is approved, 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 mail or email.
Canyonlands charges fees for all private river permits:
Flat Water: $30 reservation fee + $20 per person
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?
Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.