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Old 05-15-2009   #1
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Grand Canyon permits

Any idea how long it takes to get one?

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Old 05-15-2009   #2
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Just depends on how lucky you are. It's a lottery.

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Old 05-15-2009   #3
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I know people that have been waiting longer than 10, 12, 15 yrs.......some get lucky and pull one within 5
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Old 05-15-2009   #4
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I've been in for 8. Lottery isn't helping me. I'd probably have gotten a cancellation by now on the old system.
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Old 05-31-2009   #5
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16 year wait

I waited 16 years for the permit I had last summer. I guess I was one of the last waiting list permittees. I had to wait so long for it I almost lost interest. If you go in the winter, you probably have a better chance.
Good luck!
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Old 05-31-2009   #6
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Originally Posted by Blind-dog View Post
Any idea how long it takes to get one?

- Eric


It is a lottery, check out GC main websites etc.

Lottery is typ in Feb for the year.

Unclaimed dates or canellations get put back into follow up lotteries which are held throughout the year.

Unclaimed or unwon dates get put into a first phone call basis once the date is within a couple few weeks.

Last winter there were multiple dates for the taking, all you had to do was call and go and be up for cooler weather.

With a few friends & being willing to not go in the middle of the summer and you should get on within a year or so.

We somehow manage to get permits every year. I personally think the lottery is great.

Really with some planning you are on pretty quick. We even won both of the lauches for one day this year.

You only have to pay for the lottery once a year, no matter how many lotteries you enter.

I applied to two back up lotteries in 2007 and won the 2nd time.

Most important is to try and go off peak season. Your odds are much, much greater.

If you want to go in will be very hot, it might take you a decade to get on.

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-31-2009   #7
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Besides getting lucky, the key to help you win a permit is to coordinate with friends you know will be on the trip with you, and for each person to put in an application for the lottery. Also, don't pick dates during the very popular summer months. Why would you want to go then, anyway? It's way too hot. The spring and fall is where it's at. In this past February's lottery (for 2010), myself and two friends put in applications for dates in October and November, and two of us won. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-31-2009   #8
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I think the Lottery system is great. We looked at the information they had on the amount of permit requests for each day. Out of 8 people applying we got 3 permits within 10 days of each other for mid-March launch. If you use the info. provided your chances are much better. FYI we turned down a mid-March permit so at least one day is open.

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