HOW TO OBTAIN A PERMIT:
A permit is required year-round to float any section of the San Juan River between Montezuma Creek and Clay Hills. Permits are only issued through a pre-season lottery and advance reservations to individuals 18 and older. Do not show up at the launch ramp without a permit expecting to launch or join another group. The maximum group size is 25 persons. No pets are allowed.
The San Juan River permit lottery and reservations are now available at www.recreation.gov. For information on the new permit process and policies; including key dates, lottery statistics, and fees, please visit the following links:
PERMIT INFORMATION PAGE
Using Recreation.gov for San Juan Permits FAQ
For trips taking out at Clay Hills, camping below Government Rapid (~ river mile 64) is allowed at nine designated sites only. These sites must be reserved online at this site immediately after booking a permit or accepting an awarded lottery reservation on Recreation.gov. For more information and to reserve campsites, please visit the following link:
CAMPSITE RESERVATION PAGE
IMPORTANT RIVER USE INFORMATION:
The following links contain essential information for planning your trip:
• River Use Stipulations
• Trip Planning Information
• Navajo Nation Camping Closures
• Is my river trip commercial?