How to Obtain a Private Ruby-Horsethief Camping Permit
Information has changed from 2012
Permits are required to camp every day of the year.
May 1st through September 30th, permits are issued from the BLM office in Grand Junction for every day of the week.
October 1st through April 30th, permits are self-issued at the Loma boat launch
Off-Season: October through April
All permits are self-issued at the Loma boat launch at the time of your launch. No fees apply during this time of year. You must do the following:
DO NOT cross out someone’s name if a desired site is already reserved
Step 1- Pick up paper permit from kiosk
Step 2- Fill out permit-
o Home Zip Code
o Vehicle Information- Make, Model, License Plate Number and State
o Launch date- The day that your boat goes on the river
o Take off Date- The day that you take your boat out of the river
o Launch Site- Loma, Fruita, Rim Rock, etc.
o Number in group- Max group size is 25 people including dogs. If you are over 25 people you need to camp at 2 different sites. Each camp will also need its own fire pan and portable toilet system.
o Number of dogs in party- There is a max of 2 dogs per camp
o Number of watercraft- This is any boat that is on the river, not just rafts.
Step 3- Select Campsites- Please look at the map and select the exact camp that you will be using. This will help other groups know where you are planning to camp and cut down on confusion. Fill out the campsite name on your permit and on the form at the kiosk. You must camp only at the camp you have selected. If you float past your camp please continue to the overflow campground at May Flats near the Colorado Utah border.
Step 4- Read the stipulations on the back of the permit
Step 5- Sign the permit- Please make sure that you print and sign your name.
Step 6- Keep the white copy with you while on the river. It will need to be shown to a ranger if asked.
Step 7- Place the yellow copy in to the slot at the kiosk, below the permit box.
Permit Office Hours:
March 1st through September 30th
Monday 8:00am to 2:30
Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 am to noon
High-Use Season: May through September
Permits become available 60 days prior to the launch date. For example, May 3rd reservations first become available on March 4th. The BLM office is closed on weekends and holidays. Call-in and walk-in service will only be available Monday through Friday during permit office hours. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis either in person at the Grand Junction Field Office or by telephone at 970-244-3050 or 1-855-807-1808. Hours of operation are Monday 8:00 am - 2:30am and Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 am to noon. There is no lottery, and you do not need to submit an application to get a permit. Permits will be issued by email or in person, request can be made to mail a physcial permit. The following information is needed to obtain a permit:
- By phone: credit card number; in person: credit card, check, or cash
- Dates of trip
- Preferred camp sites (if available)
- Size of group (1-25), including dogs (maximum of 2 dogs per site)
- Name, address, and phone number of trip leader
The online calendar shows the availability of camp sites and is updated at least once daily.
Fees- High Use season
Fees are by group size, per night.
Children who are 16 years old and under are free therefore not included in the head count for group size fees. There is still a maximum of 25 heartbeats per group.
Dogs ARE included in the head count for group size, with a strict limit of two dogs per group.
Cost per Night
Changing/Canceling a Permit
As a courtesy to other boaters who wish to camp along the river, please notify the BLM river office as soon as possible if you are unable to use your camping permit or wish to change the trip leader information. If space permits, you may transfer your permit to a different date during the same season. No Refunds are given and a permit can not be resold.
A permit is required to float below Westwater, year around. Permits may be obtained from the Moab, Utah, BLM office, 435-259-7012 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.