Lotteries


If you have a profile, login:

...or, if you have never visited this site before, create a profile.

Anyone applying for a noncommercial Colorado River rafting trip (or listed as a PATL on one) must have a profile in this system!


There are three ways to know a lottery has opened.

Welcome to the Weighted Lottery!

Use this website to submit lottery applications for noncommercial Colorado River rafting permits:

  1. Create and manage your user profile, which contains your contact information, points, river trip history, and all lottery applications you've submitted or are listed on.
  2. Create and submit a lottery application for a noncommercial (private) river trip when a lottery is open.
  3. Pay lottery application fees.

In addition, you may also use this website to:

For more information about the weighted lottery visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weightedlottery.htm or contact us at 800-959-9164 or 928-638-7843 (8am-noon MST, Mon-Fri) or grca_riv(insert the at symbol here)nps(insert a dot here)gov.

Permitting Process Overview

The following is a quick overview of the permitting process. A more detailed description of each step in the application and permitting process is given here.

Step 1: Create a profile. All persons listed as either a trip leader or a Potential Alternate Trip Leader (PATL) on a river lottery application must have a user account (profile) in this system.

Step 2: Login and create your application. Once you have a profile (and a lottery is open), you can login at any time before the lottery is run to create and submit a lottery application.

Step 3: Submit your completed application. All PATLs listed on your application must login to this system and accept their PATL status before the lottery drawing date; PATLs failing to do so will not be included in your lottery application.

Step 4: Pay lottery application fee. A completed application is not active until fees are paid. Lottery applicants are required to pay a $25 application fee only once per launch year. Once an application fee has been paid for a launch year, you can apply in all lotteries for that launch year for no additional fee. Pay the $25 lottery application fee through this website.

Step 5: Lottery occurs on designated date. After the lottery, you will be notified of the success/failure of your lottery application by email. You can login at any time to view the status of your lottery application. If you win a launch date, you will pay a trip deposit fee ($400 for standard size trips, $200 for small size trips).

Step 6: Complete a river permit application, draft trip participant list, and pay permit fees. If successful in the lottery, you will complete a noncommercial river permit application and pay your river permit fees. You will also submit a draft trip participant list. All of these are done online through this website.

Step 7: River permit is issued. When the above steps are complete, the Grand Canyon River Permit Office will issue your river permit.

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