Academic River Trips

Academic institutions wishing to do either flatwater or whitewater trips may do so under a Special Use Permit from Canyonlands National Park.

Special Use Permits

To qualify for a Special Use Permit you must:

  1. Meet the criteria for an Academic Fee Waiver. You must submit a current, approved academic fee waiver with your special use permit application. This waiver applies to park entrance fees, but not other permit fees.
  2. Meet current Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requirements for academic/school trips. Utah DNR has determined that schools operating on waterways are defined as commercial boating; fill out and submit the CPFH Outfitter Application at this website.

River Permits

You will need to secure a backcountry river permit from the Canyonlands Reservation Office. Fees apply.


How to Apply

  1. Complete Form 10-930 (826k Word document).
  2. Attach:
    • Academic Waiver;
    • Proof of liability insurance naming United States of America, National Park Service, 2282 SW Resource Blvd, Moab, Utah 84532 as additionally insured;
    • Utah State Outfitter Registration;
    • First Aid and CPR certification; and
    • Payment receipt from
  3. Please submit the above documents to the email listed on the application. Payment can be submitted through following the instructions below.


Application fee for a permit is $180. Please submit the full $180 permit fee through following the instructions below along with your application and required documents.



Pay the $180 fee on following these steps:

  • Visit website
  • Enter "CANY" in the search window.
  • Payment will be made at: Canyonlands and Arches NP & Natural Bridges and Hovenweep NM Special Use Permit – click on "continue to the form."
  • Requesting permit for: Canyonlands NP.
  • Permit type: River Use Academic.
  • Fee: Enter a total dollar amount of $180.
  • Save your payment confirmation; you will submit this with your application.

Applications are processed the order they are received. Most requests are processed in approximately 15 business days. Incomplete application packages will not be processed. For questions or additional information, please contact the Concessions Management Specialist at (435) 719-2121 or email us.

Last updated: March 7, 2024

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