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.
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.
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.
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 Season for 2013
How to Apply
Please note: Only ONE APPLICATION PER PERSON is accepted. Duplicate applications are destroyed. Use only the current 2013 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.
For more detailed information on river permit fees, see our river permit fee page.
To Contact the River Permit Office
Boating in the Monument
2013 Private Boater Lottery Application
Did You Know?
Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.