River Permits for Dinosaur National Monument Switch to Online Lottery


Starting with the 2014 season, applications for the Dinosaur National Monument river permit lottery will be available online. You can apply at www.recreation.gov for a high season permit to take a multi-day float trip on the Yampa or Green Rivers. This change is part of the effort to better serve visitors and incorporate a paperless online system.

Instead of filling out a form and mailing it along with a check to the monument river office, from December 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014, applicants can apply through the online system using a credit or debit card. Recreation.gov does require each applicant to register and create a profile with their unique email address and a password so that they can process payments.

Previously, a potential river user could file only one application for only one possible launch date on one river. For the 2014 season, applicants can still file only one application, but they may choose up to four possible launch date/river choices on the application. The Yampa and Green Rivers are still combined in one drawing system.

“This quadruples the number of launches you can ask for,” said Kelly Kager, Dinosaur National Monument’s River Office Manager. “That’s a real plus for putting the lottery online. You also won’t have to write a check or rummage around for a stamp. A similar lottery has been run successfully online for the Four Rivers in Idaho for several years. With the new system, we anticipate that we will be able to let people know the lottery results much faster. Lottery applicants will receive a notification by email.”

Permit fees will remain the same as previous years: $15 per application, $20 for a single day permit, $185 for a multi-day permit.

The Dinosaur National Monument lottery for 2014 permits opens December 1 at www.recreation.gov and closes on January 31, 2014. For now, only the lottery application process is moving online. Dinosaur National Monument’s River Office will continue the processing of all permits for successful lottery applicants. Reservations for the pre/post season launches or one day permits in Dinosaur National Monument will be also processed through the river office beginning March 1, 2014 at 8:00 am Mountain time, as they have been in the past.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/dino