• Camarasus skull in the cliff face, rafters on the Green River, McKee Springs petroglyphs

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

Boating and Rafting Permits

Permits are required for all river trips within Dinosaur National Monument. Permits are issued for multiday and single day trips. Play permits are issued for the Green River upstream of the Gates of Lodore boat ramp and downstream of the Split Mountain boat ramp. Boating permits are limited to protect the monument's natural and cultural resources and leave the river canyons unimpaired for future boaters. Multiday trip permits and single-day permits are issued through a lottery process. Private boaters with qualifying experience can apply for a permit. Permit applications, also called lottery applications, are available below.

For more general information about river rafting in Dinosaur National Monument visit our river rafting Information page.

 
Rafting on the rivers of Dinosaur National Monument is a great way to experience the wildness of the park.
Rafting on Dinosaur National Monument's rivers is a great way to experience the monument's wildness.
NPS, Dan Johnson
 

Multiday Permits

Multiday permits are available for both the Green and Yampa Rivers. Generally, the Green River is a four day trip and the Yampa River is a five day trip. The Green River can be floated most of the year. Since dams do not regulate the flow of the Yampa River, its season is dependent on snowmelt. During years with a low snow pack, the river flow may be reduced by late May or early June. In years with a deep snowpack, the river may run well into July.

See press release for changes to the river permit lottery application.

Visit Recreation.gov to apply online for the 2014 High Use Season Lottery.

2014 Private Boater Lottery Application (PDF) 2013 High Use Season Launch Statistics (PDF)

2014 Boating Information Booklet (Adobe PDF)

"No Repeat" Rule (PDF)


Beginning March 1, 2014, available launch date information may be obtained by calling 1-866-825-2995. To obtain a permit for an available launch date, you must call the River Office on or after March 1, 2014.

See a calendar of the available river permit dates.


 

Single-Day Permits

Single-day permits are required to run the daily section of the Green River from Rainbow Park to Split Mountain. Permits can be obtained only from the Monument river office. The river office is usually open from 8:00 am to Noon, Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.

Visitors who would like to acquire a one-day permit should call in advance to find out if the date they are interested in is available, as we only have two private trip launches per day on the daily section in the high season and only one per day in the low season. High/low seasons for one-day permits are the same as for the Green River multi-day trips.

Single-Day permit application fee is $15.

Single-Day permit fee is $20.

Other Information

  • Daily section permit holders are subject to the same regulations as multi-day trips.
  • Visitors who applied for the lottery for multi-day permits this year and did not win, can transfer their lottery application fee over one time to cover their application fee.
  • Visitors can only have one permit at a time (i.e. they have to use their daily permit before they can call to get another one), but they can go down the daily section as many times as they want.
  • Visitors requesting a single-day permit must completely fill out two forms and return them to the river office prior to being issued a valid permit for launch on a specific day on the river.
  • All launches need to take place prior to 11:00 am mountain time
  • Please remember that dogs or other pets are not allowed on the river.
  • The Green River from Rainbow Park to Split Mountain does contain class III rapids and is not suitable for beginners.

 

Play Permits

A permit is required to boat into the monument from above Gates of Lodore or Deerlodge. Play permits for launches above these locations are only issued by the River Office. This play permit allows groups to launch upstream of Dinosaur National Monument to begin their multi-day trip through the monument. One play permit each day will be issued for groups who wish to take out at Lodore or Deerlodge after 2 pm.

A separate play permit is required for rafting the Green River below the Split Mountain boat ramp. Play permits for rafting below Split Mountain are free and are issued by the River Office or at the Quarry Visitor Center, seven miles north of Jensen, Utah. No advanced reservations are necessary. Each play permit is good for groups as large as 25 people. Boaters may take out at Placer Point (small craft only - rafts, catarafts, drift boats) or farther downstream outside the mounment boundary. The Green River Campground is not a take-out or put-in location. Much of the land downstream of the monument boundary is private land; boaters are responsible for knowing local rules and regulations for take-out points outside the monument.

If you need additional information or would like to contact us, please email the monument river office.


 

When to Apply
High use lottery applications will be accepted December 1, 2013, to January 31, 2014. All applicants will be notified of results by the end of February 2014. Low use, low water, one-day trips, and any available high use trips are available for reservation beginning March 1, 2014.

High Use Season for 2014
On the Green River, it is from May 12th to September 12th. On the Yampa River, it is from May 12th to July 12th. The rest of the year is considered the low use season for both river sections.

How to Apply
You can now apply online through Recreation.gov or you can download the 2014 High Use Boating Lottery Application, complete, and then mail the application along with a check or money order for the application fee to:
River Office, Dinosaur National Monument
4545 Highway 40
Dinosaur, Colorado 81610

Please note: Only ONE APPLICATION PER PERSON is accepted. Duplicate applications are destroyed. Use only the current 2014 application. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicant or trip leader must have operated non-motorized boats on rivers rated Class III or higher. Illegible or incomplete applications will be rejected. Please type or print information clearly.

Fees
Application Fee $15.00
Multi-Day Permit Fee $185.00
One-Day Permit Fee $20.00
Over-length Trip Fee $35.00

For more detailed information on river permit fees, see our river permit fee page.

To Contact the River Permit 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 (970) 374-2468. You may also contact us by email.

 

Permit Resources

 

Boating in the Monument
2014 Information and Regulations

Download this document to review monument regulations regarding river trips. You can also print a copy from here if there is not time to receive a copy in the mail before your trip. Each group is required to carry a copy with them on their trip. (Adobe PDF)

 

2014 Private Boater Lottery Application
Download this Adobe PDF, complete and submit for your application to the river permit lottery.

Did You Know?

A Fremont granary in a remote alcove in the monument.

Dinosaur National Monument contains a record of human history dating back at least 10,000 years.