River Permits

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You can get a river permit online or in person from the backcountry reservation office in Moab, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. You can also get a permit in person at any Canyonlands National Park visitor center.

Academic institutions wishing to conduct river trips in the park may do so with a special use permit.

 

When should I apply?

There is no lottery for river permits in Canyonlands. These permits are available first-come, first-served, no more than four months, and no less than two days prior to the permit start date. There are no daily launch limits in Canyonlands, so there is no need to submit mulitiple requests for the same date. If you submit a request, you will get a permit for any date you choose.

How much are the permits?

Canyonlands charges fees for all private river permits:

Permit Type Fee
Flat Water $30 reservation fee + $20 per person
Cataract Canyon $30 reservation fee + $20 per person

For example, a Cataract Canyon trip with five people would cost $130:
$30 (reservation fee) + $100 (five people at $20 each) = $130.

Fees are non-refundable.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

If you cancel your trip more than two days before the trip start date, you will receive a credit for a future reservation starting within one year. Contact the backcountry reservation office at 435-259-4351 or via email for information.

What are group size limits?

Group size limit is 40 people for private river trips.

How long can I stay?

You can have a permit for up to 14 consecutive nights.

What regulations do I need to know?

Additional regulations apply to all river trips. For more information, please visit the River Regulations Page.

How do I apply for a permit?

To apply for a river permit, visit our online reservation system. Once your reservation is processed, you will receive an email with instructions for making an online payment. Once your payment is received, your permit will be sent by email.

If needed, you may also request a reservation by email, mail, or fax. Please contact the backcountry reservation office via email or call 435-259-4351 for a form to fill out. Because this is a lengthy process, we do not recommend it. The easiest and quickest way to get your preferred sites is to use the online reservation system.

Where can I get a map or guide book?

Our bookstore contains guidebooks to all the rivers in southeastern Utah.

More questions?

We are available by phone to answer questions and assist with trip planning Monday through Friday, 8 am to noon (Mountain Time), at (435) 259-4351. When workload permits, we may answer phones until 4 pm. You may also contact us by email.

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

435-719-2313

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