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Lottery Applications now being accepted for 2008 Grand Canyon Trips

Posted: 05/01/2007
by Thomas O'Keefe

Grand Canyon National Park’s weighted lottery for calendar year 2008 noncommercial river permits is now accepting applications. Lottery applications will be accepted through the Weighted Lottery website (https://npspermits.us) from May 1, 2007 through 12:00 noon (Arizona time) on May 28, 2007. The lottery drawings will take place on May 31st. Applying through the lottery costs $25, paid online at the time the application is submitted. Applicants who win through the lottery will immediately be charged an additional, $400, non-refundable trip deposit (applied towards the final $100 per person cost of the permit).

A total of 213 trips are available through this lottery for calendar year 2008 launches: 41 of these are for small size (1 to 8 person) trips and the rest are for standard size (1 to 16 person) trips. A calendar showing the available dates and the dates that have already been filled is available: Launch Calendar. More information can be found at the River and Weighted Lottery FAQ page.

More Background

For more than two decades the private permit system was administered as a wait list. At the time the waitlist was closed in 2003, more than 8000 names were on the list. Since only 300-400 names were removed from the list each year, wait times for a permit were approaching 15-20 years. AW participated in the development of a new management plan that includes additional launch dates and the new weighted lottery system to allocate launch dates. The Colorado River Management Plan was released in March 2006.

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