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News Release: Grand Canyon National Park Opens 2016 Noncommercial River Trip Permit Lottery

January 30, 2015

 Grand Canyon, Arizona. – Sunday, February 1, 2015 Grand Canyon National Park will open the permit lottery for 2016 Noncommerical River Trip launch dates. Applications will be accepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on February 24, 2015.  A nonrefundable fee of $25 is required to enter the permit lottery. A total of 472 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips launching on specific dates in 2016. Eligible individuals may apply online at the lottery web site located at

The Noncommercial River Trip lottery is held in February to assign launch dates for river trips occurring the following calendar year. Due to the high demand for Noncommerical River Trip permits in Grand Canyon the lottery is weighted in favor of individuals who have not been on a trip in recent years.  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 left-over river trips. Public notifications for these follow-up lotteries are made through email, an RSS feed, and Twitter (

The Noncommercial River Trip lottery web site can be accessed 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 Trip permits are strongly encouraged to create an account. Lottery applications are accepted through the Noncommercial River Trip lottery web site 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 calendar year (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 by visiting, selecting "River Trips/Permits", then "3 to 18 Day Commercial Trips".


For more information about the 2016 weighted lottery, please visit the Grand Canyon National Park web site at, contact the River Permits Office at 1-800-959-9164 or 928-638-7884, or email us at