From Monday Through Thursday, Warmer and Drier Weather Is Expected
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
12 to 25 Day Noncommercial River Trips: Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek
These are self-guided raft trips, sometimes referred to as private river trips. Permits for these trips are made available to the public through a weighted lottery.
To apply for a 12 to 25 day noncommercial river permit:
Before applying for a noncommercial permit through the weighted lottery, it is important to realize these trips are not for everyone. Here are a few important requirements:
View complete Noncommercial River Trip Regulations
To contact the River Permits Office
You may call us directly toll free 1-800-959-9164 or outside the U.S. at 928-638-7843. FAX number is 928-638-7844.
You may also write to:
Prior to 2006, non-commercial permits for the Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek section of the river were distributed through a waitlist system. Demand for these permits vastly exceeded supply, and wait times for those at the bottom of the lengthy waitlist grew to an estimated 25 years.
On March 23, 2006, the National Park Service released a Record of Decision for a revised Colorado River Management Plan. The revised plan changed several aspects of recreational use management of the Colorado River. The changes include increased access for noncommercial boaters and replacing the existing waitlist system with a weighted lottery system.
A three stage transition process began immediately and transitioned members out of the waitlist system. Many of these waitlist members were given "extra chances" for future use within the weighted lottery. The first weighted lottery accepted applications from October 1-21, 2006.
For more information visit the River Management page.
Did You Know?
No one has ever found a fossilized reptile skeleton or even an entire reptile bone within the Grand Canyon. Fossil footprints were left by more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, but no complete teeth or bones! More...