This hit my Inbox today from GRCA. There are some good spring and fall dates so worth a try.
We have just opened a follow-up lottery for 2019 launch dates at the weighted lottery website (https://grcariverpermits.nps.gov
). The lottery will accept applications until Thu, November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM (noon) Mountain Standard Time. The available launch dates are:
Standard Size Trips (1 - 16 people):
January 2019: 6, 9, 13, 16
February 2019: 2, 5
March 2019: 2, 22, 30
April 2019: 3
July 2019: 3, 31
August 2019: 7, 14
September 2019: 19
October 2019: 30
Small Size Trips (1 - 8 people):
April 2019: 11, 15, 23
July 2019: 6
August 2019: 1, 31
Winners will have until Fri, November 02, 2018 at 12:00 PM (noon) Mountain Standard Time to pay their nonrefundable deposits ($400 for standard size trips, $200 for small size trips).
We strongly recommended all lottery applications list at least one Potential Alternate Trip Leader (PATL). If the original trip leader becomes unable to go on the river trip, and there are no confirmed PATLs, the trip will be cancelled. PATLs can be added to a river trip by the trip leader only when submitting a lottery application; see Noncommercial River Trip Regulations for clarification.
The Grand Canyon National Park River Office is open Monday to Friday. Emails and phone calls received on a weekend will not be replied to until Monday.