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So I guess driving into the US is outta the question, so that puts a major wrench in the gears for an April 6 Deso..... super bummed. my dad ( Retired, Military) were lookin forward to catching up. Not to mention my frozen ass leaving the Canadian Rockies to get some warmth. Just wondering if you guys know if BLM is issuing any kind of refund for cancelations inside 30 days, due to the circumstances.
 

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Westwater Canyon Permits and Refunds

The Moab BLM Office is offering refunds (not including the $6.00 reservation fee) of Westwater permits that are cancelled due to the current circumstance.
This applies to all trips through the end of April. We will re-evaluate the situation weekly.

If you would like a refund, please contact the office at 435-259-2100.

Just a reminder, overnight trips are currently not allowed, but day trips through the canyon are still an option.

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Thank you Moab Field Office.

Do you know the rationale behind no camping, but allowing daytrips?

Trying to limit staff exposure and dissuade people from traveling farther distances who are attracted to overnights? (I'm not in your area, just generally curious...and whether you're having to make these decisions locally or if they're coming from your regional offices..or DC....and if DC assuming similar decisions will have an impact on my local FS-administered rivers)
 

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Westwater Canyon Questions

The "no overnight" use in Westwater Canyon is coming from the Southeastern Utah Health Department Order SEUD 2020-02. See sections 3 and 7 for concerns that impact public lands.

Thanks for the question.
 

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Thank you Moab Field Office.

Do you know the rationale behind no camping, but allowing daytrips?
I emailed with the ranger that posted this info. Apparently it's local ordinances that all the places are closed, including hotels and camping. So they have to go by that. Even though it's BLM land, the counties still have jurisdiction with ordinances.

Also, the refund policy may not apply to other rivers. Try contacting the particular river office with jurisdiction over your respective permits.

-AH
 

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The "no overnight" use in Westwater Canyon is coming from the Southeastern Utah Health Department Order SEUD 2020-02. See sections 3 and 7 for concerns that impact public lands.

Thanks for the question.
Thank you for the quick response!!

As Andy noted below, it's helpful to know how/where the decisions are being made.

I emailed with the ranger that posted this info. Apparently it's local ordinances that all the places are closed, including hotels and camping. So they have to go by that. Even though it's BLM land, the counties still have jurisdiction with ordinances.

Also, the refund policy may not apply to other rivers. Try contacting the particular river office with jurisdiction over your respective permits.

-AH
Understood. Cheers!
 

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Anyone have any luck getting refunds from Rec.gov for the San Juan?



We cancelled our trip for this week because of covid-19. This is the message they have on Rec.gov under my reservation:



Due to high cancellation demand and extraordinary circumstances, limited refunds will be temporarily offered for San Juan River permits that are cancelled less than 31 days before the entry date (the standard refund deadline). Trips with entry dates of April 23,2020 or earlier must cancel their trips by Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to receive a refund. Cancel your trip and then submit a refund request through your recreation.gov account.


The problem I have is that I cannot get to the 'Request Refund' option. I have chatted with the Rec.gov people and they can't help and the BLM is not answering. Just wondering if anyone has been able to get a San Juan refund to process.
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Hello, We got a full refund for a San Juan trip that was scheduled to launch 3/25. Called the Monticello BLM, they cancelled our reservation, then I got a notice from rec.gov that the refund was on the way. And it did indeed arrive in my account. My understanding is that if you cancel the reservation online, they will automatically refund. Good luck.
 

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nlv5- Thanks for the tip. I called the BLM office this morning and left a message with my reservation number. Got a notice from Rec.gov a couple of hours later. So it sounds like BLM must have to approve the refund.
 

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We pulled the plug on a Ruby trip and even though the Rec.gov site mentioned that there was no cancellation to their policy, I requested a refund over the phone. This was Sunday night. Just got the refund confirmation today from rec.gov. Quick response. I recommend calling in, but do it late at night. I think they are open until 12AM EST. Good luck!
 
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