Boating and Rafting Regulations and Requirements

Boating within Dinosaur National Monument is by Permit Only
All individuals wishing to boat within Dinosaur National Monument must have a valid Confirmation Form on file and must also possess a permit issued by the River Office. Permits are non-transferable and are for one launch only.

Individuals Can Have Only One Application in the High Use Lottery System and Can Be Listed No More Than Once Within Each Lottery
Having more than one application in the Lottery System will result in any trip acquired through that lottery being forfeited.

Individuals Can Have Only One Permit at a Time
Individuals may be the permit holder and/or passenger on as many 1-day and low-use multi-day trips as they wish. A person may only hold one permit in their name at any time. This includes all high-use and low-use multi-day trips as well as 1-day trips.

Launch and Take Out Dates & Locations
Permit holders must launch their trips on the date and at the location listed on their permit. Likewise, they may only take out on the date and at the location listed on their permit. Permit holders may change the launch date ONE TIME if the request is made more than two weeks prior to the originally scheduled launch date and another date is available.

One High-Use Trip per Year
All noncommercial participants are limited to a maximum of one high-use trip per year through any portion of the multi-day section of the Green or Yampa Rivers within Dinosaur National Monument. Participation by the trip leader/permittee or any other planned member of a group on any prior noncommercial river trip within the same year will result in that person's disqualification from holding a permit in the Monument for the rest of that year and the subsequent year. This rule may be waived by the NPS in cases where the high use trip was picked up as a cancellation less than two weeks prior to the launch date. If the original permittee is disqualified from the trip or cannot go on the trip for any other reason, the noncommercial trip will be cancelled. This rule may be waived by the NPS in cases where documentation is provided for death or serious medical cases only. The NPS will make its decision on a case-by-case basis.

Wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
Every person on board any vessel shall wear a PFD at all times, except PFDs may be loosened or removed by persons 13 years of age or older on between Cove Campsite and Rainbow Park boat ramp.

Permit Violations and Penalties
Permit holders who violate the terms and conditions of their permit (which are outlined in this booklet) may receive a fine and/or have their privileges to hold a permit in the park revoked. Violations of the permit fall under 36 CFR and the Superintendent's Compendium. Maximum fine can be up to $5000 and/or up to six months in prison.

Trip Leader/Qualifying Boatman Experience
The trip leader and boatmen must have a working knowledge of whitewater safety, general first aid, river equipment repair, and the techniques of white water navigation. The trip leader must be at least 18 years of age. Experience on the Green and Yampa Rivers in Dinosaur National Monument or on other comparable class III or higher whitewater rivers is mandatory (such as the Rogue, Selway, North Platte, Grand Canyon, Westwater, and others). It is preferable that the trip leader or another member of the party be familiar with the rivers within Dinosaur National Monument.

Age Requirement for Lottery and Potential Trip Leaders
Lottery applicants, permit holders, and trip leaders must be 18 years or older by any requested launch date.

Trip Size
Noncommercial river trips shall include no more than 25 persons (total includes the trip leader/permittee and all passengers) at any point on the trip. People traveling under one permit must travel and camp together (occupying only one campsite), and must take out together. Groups must remain within sight and sound of each other throughout the trip, and failure to do so may result in penalty.

Trip Lengths
During high-use, the normal trip length on the Green River is four days and on the Yampa River it is five days. If the permit holder requests and is granted an over-length trip, the number of days can be extended to five days on the Green, and six days on the Yampa River. During low-use season the maximum trip length for the Green River is six days, and seven days for the Yampa River. Trips may never exceed the trip lengths listed on the permit. The length of the permit cannot be changed after the permit has been issued.

Permits are Not Transferable
Noncommercial permits are not transferable. The permittee must accompany the entire river trip.

Passenger Lists
An accurate passenger list must be on file in the River Office prior to launch. Additions or substitutions to the passenger list will not be allowed at the launch site.

Trip Checkout Form and Required Identification/Documentation
All permit holders must present a valid, unaltered photo identification (i.e. driver license, state issued identification, or passport) to the ranger during the check-in inspection. The permit holder must also present their permit, which they are required to have on them for the duration of the trip. If a ranger is not available at your permit launch point, the permit holder must complete a trip checkout form found near the kiosk at the boat ramp before departing.

In addition to the permit, the permit holder is required to have a copy of their 2016 Boater's Information Booklet and a copy of their passenger list. When the permit holder has neither photo identification nor proper documentation, the trip will NOT be allowed to launch.

Documentation Must Be Accessible
While conducting your trip, rangers may contact your party and request information, such as a copy of your permit, passenger list, and regulations. It is the permit holder's responsibility to have these items present.

Cancelling Trips
It is the permit holder's responsibility to notify the River Permit Office of their inability to use their scheduled launch date. All fees are nonrefundable. A no-show will result in an administrative penalty, as will cancellation within two weeks of the launch date.

Permit Holder and Member Responsibility
The permit holder must comply with all portions of the permit application procedure and is directly responsible for the actions of his/her party. Failure by the permit holder or any member of the group to adhere to any of these noncommercial regulations may result in revocation of the permit, citation of the permit holder and/or members, and possible administrative decision that may affect future use on the Green and Yampa Rivers within Dinosaur National Monument.

Generator Use
Because the river corridors are Recommended Wilderness, generators may only be used on boat ramps at the launch and take-out points.

Pets are not permitted on river trips.

Echo Park Boat Ramp
Due to high use at Echo Park, please tie boats as closely together as possible. The boat ramp may be used for accessing day hikes (e.g., Whispering Cave), drinking water, and lunch spot.

Ranger River Patrols
A National Park Service ranger may, on occasion, travel with or inspect noncommercial parties to ensure compliance with permit conditions and to provide additional safety through major rapids. Rangers carry radios and satellite phones and are able to call in additional resources if there is an emergency.

Resource Protection
Natural or historical features, such as rocks, old mining artifacts, fossils, flowers, antlers, or Indian artifacts, may not be removed or disturbed. Removing, disturbing, or defacing natural, historic, cultural, or archeological features is prohibited. Shooting, trapping, molesting, or feeding wildlife is prohibited. Please report wildlife observations (date, locations, time) on the back of the river permit. Picking or gathering of plants is prohibited.

Fishing is permitted, subject to all state regulations and licenses of the state in which the person is fishing. Anyone fishing must have a valid Colorado and/or Utah fishing license, depending upon the state in which they fish.

Abandonment of Property
Property left more than 24 hours or that interferes with visitor safety may be impounded by the Superintendent at any time. The owner of record or the permit holder may be liable for any charges associated with removal of property.

Day Hikes and Lunch Spots
The use of a boat ramp for lunch is prohibited. Please be aware of others' needs if you stop for lunch at campsite landings as the campsite may be assigned to the group behind you for the evening. If you stop for lunch at high-use trailheads or scouting locations, please ensure that others can still use these locations.

Firearms and Other Weapons
The possession of firearms must comply with state law; however, the use of firearms is prohibited. The possession or use of other weapons, explosives, and fireworks is prohibited.

Alcohol and Other Controlled Substances
Boating under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to a degree that may endanger oneself or others, damage property or park resources is prohibited. All underage drinking is prohibited.


Last updated: January 15, 2016

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