Permits required for boating in Canyonlands National Park

Boaters ride on the Colorado River at Canyonlands National Park in this image David Hiser captured in 1970. Photo courtesy of the National Archives/Wikimedia Commons
Boaters ride on the Colorado River at Canyonlands National Park in this image David Hiser captured in 1970. Photo courtesy of the National Archives/Wikimedia Commons

Permits are required to go boating on the Colorado River within Canyonlands National Park, according to a reminder from the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks.

The Colorado and Green rivers have played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Canyonlands, officials say. Exploring the rivers means seeing the park from the bottom up, giving visitors a unique and enriching perspective, said NPS in an email.

Above the confluence of these rivers near the heart of Canyonlands lie miles of flat water ideal for canoes, sea kayaks, and other shallow-water boats. Below the confluence, the combined flow of both rivers spills down Cataract Canyon with remarkable speed and power, creating a 14-mile stretch of Class III-V whitewater.

In order to protect this unique experience and ensure safe boating, permits are required for all overnight and single day river trips, according to NPS.

Boat Launches

Access the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park from the Potash boat ramp off of State Route 279.

Access the Green River through Canyonlands National Park from the Mineral Bottom boat ramp or below, reachable via State Route 313.

River Permits

Overnight permits can be reserved online no more than four months, and no fewer than two days, before the trip start date. Single day permits are available online up to 24 hours in advance of a trip start date. All permits are also available by walk-in at the park administrative office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are currently no lottery or daily launch limits.

Fees

Flat water overnight: $30 reservation fee plus $20 per person.

Cataract Canyon overnight: $30 reservation fee plus $20 per person.

Flat water single day: no fee.

Cataract Canyon Single day: $10 per person.

Boaters must be aware of and abide by all park rules and regulations, required equipment, and Utah boating laws.

For more information and to obtain online permits, visit www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/boating.htm.