Backcountry Permit Change
Effective February 1, 2010
Questions and Answers
The National Park Service is making a change to the backcountry permit system at Grand Canyon to help ensure all permit requests receive equal consideration no matter how submitted. Currently, applications made in person receive an immediate answer while written requests receive answers later as time allows. Effective February 1, 2010, this distinction will no longer apply; in person "initial month" requests will only be accepted in written format and will be placed for consideration with other written requests received on that same date. ("Initial month" permit requests are requests made within the earliest allowed month for the requested trip start date.) This change is not expected to affect levels of backcountry use or the number of backcountry permits issued by the park's Backcountry Information Center (BIC).
The press release announcing this change was released on November 20, 2009 and is located in the News Release section of this website.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.