Originally Posted by Andy Hoffmann
I'm on a Grand trip that's supposed to launch on July 3rd. My guess, that trip will be cancelled. I've heard rumors, and only rumens, that the Park Service will offer dates that usually go out in the follow up lotteries.
The people who had their permits cancelled from March 24th through May 21st had a couple options. They already ran the 2021 lottery...so they couldn't just give them the slot next year so they said they could take the same date in 2022 or they can wait and see if their date for next year gets cancelled and get first dibs on that. Because most people want a while to plan, the GCNP is giving people the option to have a cut off date of their choosing for that option...at which time it will just go to the 2022 date. Not sure if they only get first dibs on the same date as their 2020 permit was for in 2021 or if they'll get preferential treatment for all of the cancellations that happen any time this year or next year.
My permit holder for the May 3rd trip I was signed on for has opted to just take the date in 2022. I'd probably wait and see what happens with the cancellations personally...but she just wanted the certainty of having the same date in 2022 so she could worry about other stuff right now (she is a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at a Children's Hospital...so plenty to worry about).
As for all of the different levels of shutdown or not... each area is administered by a different management team... so they are making decisions on an individual basis for their area. The Moab BLM office is being much more shut down happy then the Vernal and Price Offices...probably because of higher traffic in the Moab area compared to Vernal area.
If there are people running Deso still...they are staying pretty quiet. Understandable considering the ire that I've seen brought down on people who have "dared to not stay home".
I know I had a couple of invites for Deso at the end of this month but the permit holders have all decided to cancel either because they wanted to adhere to stay at home orders or due to lack of interest on other peoples part for the same reason. I talked to a few people who would probably do it if more were interested...but interest in a raft trip is pretty rare, and will likely remain so while most places have a stay at home order in place. I guess we'll see what happens as the orders are relaxed and people get back to a more normal life.