On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the National Park Service began accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

According to a press release from the National Park Service, the permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2023. A total of 359 permits will be available for river trips between 12-25 days. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery website. Applications will be accepted online through Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. MST.

In addition to the annual main lottery, follow-up lotteries are held as needed throughout the remainder of the year to reassign canceled and/or left-over river trips. Public notifications for these follow-up lotteries are made through email, an RSS feed and Twitter.

Individuals must be 18 years or older to apply

For more information about the 2023 Main Lottery, please visit the Grand Canyon National Park website, contact the River Permits Office at 1-800-959-9164 or 928-638-7843, or email grca_riv@nps.gov.

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