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Lottery opens for private Grand Canyon river trips
Grand Canyon National Park announces 2021 non-commercial river trip lottery Feb 1-25

A non-commercial river trip on the Colorado River prepares to enter Hance Rapid in 2019. The 2021 non-commercial river rafting lottery opened Feb. 1 and will close Feb. 25. (NPS/Neal Herbert

A non-commercial river trip on the Colorado River prepares to enter Hance Rapid in 2019. The 2021 non-commercial river rafting lottery opened Feb. 1 and will close Feb. 25. (NPS/Neal Herbert

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Non-commercial river trip permit applications are now being accepted to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.

The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2021. A total of 462 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips.

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A private river trip prepares to enter Lava Rapid on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. (NPS/Neal Herbert)

Each year in February, a main lottery is held to assign launch dates for river trips occurring the next year. Public notifications regarding main lotteries are made by both email and news release. In addition to the annual main lottery, follow-up lotteries are held as needed throughout the remainder of the year to reassign canceled and/or remaining river trips. Public notifications for these follow-up lotteries are made through email, an RSS feed and Twitter.

The weighted lottery website can be accessed for free year-round to create or modify an account and to sign-up to receive email notifications. Individuals who are interested in a future noncommercial river permit are encouraged to create an account. Lottery applications are accepted through the weighted lottery website only when lotteries are open.

Individuals must be 18 years or older to apply for a river trip permit. Noncommercial river trips must be self-guided, and technical whitewater experience is mandatory on each trip. Individuals may participate on a maximum of one recreational river trip per year either commercial or noncommercial.

Individuals interested in professionally-guided river trips should not apply through the lottery, but instead request space on a commercial trip.

A list of commercial companies offering guided trips can be found at https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/river-concessioners.htm.

Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery website at: https://grcariverpermits.nps.gov.

Applications will be accepted online through noon MST Feb. 25.

More information about the 2021 main lottery is available from Grand Canyon National Park at https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weightedlottery.htm, by contacting the River Permits Office at 1-800-959-9164 or (928) 638-7843 or via email at grca_riv@nps.gov.

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