Noncommercial (Private) River Trips

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This short video provides an overview of important information to know before your river trip in Dinosaur National monument.


Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyons of Dinosaur National Monument. Self-guided raft trips, sometimes referred to as private or noncommercial river trips are permitted on both the Green and Yampa Rivers. There are also options for both multiday and single-day trips.

Each river has its own characteristics.The Green and Yampa Rivers should never be mistaken for placid rivers. When John Wesley Powell floated the Green River in 1869, the scenery enthralled his group, but the rapids caused him great anguish as boats overturned, men were hurt, and supplies were lost. Even today, many boats end up pinned on rocks, their boatmen bruised and battered. For that reason, permit holders, boatmen, and trip leaders must have previous experience on comparable rivers. Depending on the water level, some rapids are rated as high as Class 4.

Permits are required for all rivers within Dinosaur National Monument. Boating permits are limited to protect the natural and cultural resources and leave the river canyons unimpaired for future boaters. Rules and regulations have been put in place to assure that all travelers on the river will have a safe, peaceful, and memorable trip. Permits for multiday and single-day trips are made available to the public through a lottery.

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Boating in the Monument
2018 Information and Regulations
Download this document to review monument regulations regarding river trips. Each group is required to carry a copy with them on their trip. (Adobe PDF)



Non-commercial boating permits will be allocated to individuals or organizations whose proposed trip meets the following criteria:

1. There is a bona fide sharing of cost where no part of the fees are:

a. collected in excess of actual costs of the trip,

b. for salary or financial gain in any manner for any of the group, its leaders, or sponsors,

c. for capital increase of the major equipment or facilities used on the trip.

2. Boatmen and other crew may not be paid in ANY manner. Any or all goods, activities, services, agreements, or anything offered to park visitors and /or the general public for recreational purposes, which uses park resources, is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation is considered a commercial enterprise.

3. There is no media or direct mail advertising or soliciting for trip participants.


River Permits are required for all river trips within Dinosaur National Monument. This includes multiday and one day trips, as well as, play permits for the Green River upstream of Gates of Lodore and downstream of the Split Mountain Boat Ramp. The rafting permit page has detailed information on requirements, how to apply, and permit fees.


Requirements and Regulations
You must know and follow all monument requirements and regulations. Boating permit holders must also make sure that all members of their party have been informed of the requirements and regulations and are following them. Trip leaders are accountable not only for themselves, but for all the members of their group. Violators may receive a citation and/or become ineligible for future permits.


Required Equipment
All groups must have specific required equipment when boating on the rivers in Dinosaur National Monument.


River Sanitation and Environmental Protection
Visit our river sanitation page to learn what is required for handling human waste, trash and minimizing wildlife encounters while on your river trip.


River Campsites
Visit our river campsites page to find information including locations, mileages between campsites and camping regulations.


Shuttle Services
Need to get dropped off at a river launch site or picked up at a take out point? These companies are authorized to provide transportation services within the monument. You can also enquire about having a personal vehicle moved from one location to another.

River Runners
(800) 930-7238 or (435) 789-4919

Wilkins River Car Shuttles
(435) 789-0507 or (435) 828-6660


River Flow Rates
Real-time river flow data provided by the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS)

Yampa River at Deerlodge Park

Green River at Cub Creek Road

Lottery Statistics
For 2018 Green River and Yampa statisics, including number of available and awarded permits by day, click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for many of the most common questions concerning river permits.


Adjacent Areas
A permit is not required for the Green River between Flaming Gorge Dam and Dinosaur National Monument. That section is managed by Ashley National Forest and Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. Permits are not required for private boaters on the Yampa River upstream from the monument, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office. The Green River downstream from the monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office.



Dinosaur is home to many fish species including native and non-native species. Four of the native fish species are federally listed as endangered. If you plan on fishing while on your river trip, make sure you know how to identify the different species. See our Fishing page for more information. An appropriate state fishing license is also required.

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More Questions?

General Monument Information
For additional information about Dinosaur National Monument, you can contact us seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mountain Time) at (435) 781-7700. You may also contact us by email.

To Contact the River Permit Office
Staff are available by phone to answer questions and assist with trip planning Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to Noon (Mountain Time), at (970) 374-2468. You may also contact us by email.

Last updated: December 6, 2018

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Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610


(435) 781-7700

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