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Grand Canyon 2016 - Fifteen Launch Dates Available Now!

This is from the Grand Canyon River Permits Office. Good luck to everyone!

We have just opened a follow-up lottery for 2016 launch dates at the weighted lottery website ( The lottery will accept applications until Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 12:00 PM (noon) Mountain Standard Time. The available launch dates are:

Standard Size Trips (1 - 16 people):
June 2016: 17
July 2016: 22
Aug 2016: 1, 13, 18

Small Size Trips (1 - 8 people):
May 2016: 16
June 2016: 27
July 2016: 1, 11, 13, 17, 23, 25
Aug 2016: 2, 4

Winners will have until Friday, May 13, 2016, 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.

FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD? You can request a new temporary password by clicking "Forgot my username and/or password" (located below the login box) when on the noncommercial river website. IMPORTANT: The worst time to request a password reset is during the first few hours after a lottery notification email has been sent. The email with your new temporary password will not go out until all lottery notification emails have been sent.

Grand Canyon River Permits Office


The Grand Canyon River Permits Office sends out emails announcing the main lottery and follow-up lotteries. You can choose to receive all, none, or any combination of these emails. To set your email preferences, login and then click on "Edit Personal Information".

To be sure our emails get to you, add the following two email addresses ([email protected] and [email protected]) to your email contacts. This should prevent River Permits Office emails from being blocked by a spam filter.

Grand Canyon River Permits Office Contact Information

Phone: 800-959-9164 (toll free)
928-638-7843 (optional non-toll-free number to same line)

Fax: 928-638-7844

Mail: National Park Service
Grand Canyon River Permits
1824 S. Thompson St., Suite 201
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

email: [email protected]
IMPORTANT: do not email personally identifiable information, such as date of birth or payment details.


Main River Permit Information: - click on River

Available Launch Dates:

Noncommercial River Trip Regulations:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Statistics From Past Lotteries:

Lottery Website:

Password Reset:


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A May 16 date, four days after the lottery ends. That's a fast turnaround for a winner. Will it get filled? I'm surprised they didn't award it via call-in to give someone more time to make it happen.

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Looks like the person who won the May 16th launch was on Facebook looking for someone to facilitate his trip. He posted that they may have to cancel by noon today. Too bad if they do as it means a permit will go unused.

As David L. suggested I wish that they would open up dates with less than a week to launch to a phone in system so that people who are really interested can try for a trip.

I would rather try on the phone than compete in a lottery with a bunch of people with no clue what it takes to pull off a trip in that short time frame.

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