Monticello Field Office

SAN JUAN RIVER PERMIT INFORMATION

The San Juan River permit lottery and reservations are now available online at www.recreation.gov.

Using Recreation.gov for San Juan Permits FAQ


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A. How to Obtain a Permit

B. Reserved Campsites

C. Fees
D. Refund Policy
E. Transfer Policy
F. Making Changes
G. Navajo Nation Permits
H. Packrafting
HOW TO OBTAIN A PERMIT

The process for obtaining a permit varies depending on the launch date of your desired trip. See below for details:

Trips Launching January 1st – April 14th

Launch reservations may be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov, beginning December 1st at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Full payment of per person permit fees and a $6 non-refundable transaction fee must be made at the time of transaction in order to book a permit. Please read the refund policy carefully before submitting payment. There are no per person permit fees for trips launching prior to March 1st, however, the $6 transaction fee still applies. Cancellations will be made available to other boaters within 24 hours of the cancellation.

Trips launching April 15th through July 15th

Launch reservations are initially issued through a permit lottery. Remaining available launch dates and launch cancellations are then issued through advance reservations.
  • Lottery: Lottery applications for San Juan River permits will be accepted from December 1st to January 31st at 11:59 p.m. (ET) at www.recreation.gov. There is a $6 non-refundable transaction fee to apply. Applicants will be notified of the lottery results on their Recreation.gov accounts and via email on February 12th. Successful applicants must accept and pay the per person permit fees for their awarded reservation by March 15th at 11:59 p.m (ET). Please read the refund policy carefully before submitting payment. Unaccepted reservations and cancellations will made available to other boaters starting March 16th.

Click here for 2014 lottery statistics.

  • Advance Reservations: Following the lottery, available launches and cancellations may be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov, beginning March 16th at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Full payment of per person permit fees and a $6 non-refundable transaction fee must be made at the time of transaction in order to book a permit. Please read the refund policy carefully before submitting payment. Cancellations made on or after March 16th will be made available to other boaters within 24 hours of the cancellation.
Trips launching July 16th – December 31st

Launch reservations may be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov, beginning March 16th at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Full payment of per person permit fees and a $6 non-refundable transaction fee must be made at the time of transaction in order to book a permit. Please read the refund policy carefully before submitting payment. There are no per person permit fees for trips launching on or after November 1st, however, the $6 transaction fee still applies. Cancellations will be made available to other boaters within 24 hours of the cancellation.

 

Note: Permits are not printable until 14 days prior to the launch date.

 


 

B. RESERVED CAMPSITES

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 through the BLM Monticello Field Office immediately after booking a permit or accepting an awarded lottery reservation. Your Recreation.gov permit number will be required to reserve campsites. Click here, for more information and to reserve campsites.


 

C. FEES

The following per person per trip fee schedule is currently in effect for the San Juan River. There is an additional $6 non-refundable transaction fee to apply in the lottery or book a permit.

River Segment

Per Person Fee

Sand Island to Mexican Hat

$10

Mexican Hat to Clay Hills

$20

Sand Island to Clay Hills

$30

Montezuma Creek to Sand Island

$0


D. REFUND POLICY

Permit holders who cancel their reservation a minimum of 31 days prior to the launch date will receive a refund of their permit fees. No refunds are issued for reservations cancelled 30 days or less before the launch date under any circumstances, including undesirable river flow levels or poor weather conditions.

If the group size is reduced a minimum of 31 days prior to the launch date, the permit holder will receive a refund for the per person cost of the number of people they are subtracting. No refunds are issued for group size reductions made 30 days or less before the launch date.

To change the launch date or river segment, the permit holder must cancel their existing reservation and make a new reservation. The cancellation and refund policies above apply to the cancelled reservation. The permit holder will have to pay the regular permit and transaction fees for a new reservation.


E. TRANSFER POLICY

Permits are not transferable. A permittee may assign up to two alternate group leaders when obtaining a permit, who are authorized to use the permit in the event that the permittee cannot go on the trip.


F. MAKING CHANGES

Permit holders will be allowed to print their permit 14 days before their launch date. Changes cannot be made to a permit once it's been printed.

Permit holders who have not printed their permit may change their group size or take-out date a minimum of 5 days in advance of the launch date at www.recreation.gov by going to "current reservations" and updating the reservation. To change the launch date or river segment, the permit holder must cancel their existing reservation and make a new reservation. The cancellation and refund policies above apply to the cancelled reservation. The permit holder will have to pay the regular permit and transaction fees for a new reservation.

To change your reserved campsites, make any changes less than 5 days in advance of the launch date, or make changes after the permit has been printed you must call the BLM San Juan River permit office at (435) 587-1544.

Permits may be cancelled at www.recreation.gov or by calling the BLM San Juan River permit office.


 G. NAVAJO NATION PERMITS

The left bank of the river from Montezuma Creek to Trimble Camp is on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The Navajo Nation requires additional permits to camp, hike or visit archaeological sites on river left. Visit our trip planning page for more information on how to obtain a permit.  


H. PACKRAFTING

Packrafters using non-traditional launch or take-out points are still required to obtain a permit for the segment of river they will be floating, even if they will not be floating the entire segment. For example, a packrafting trip launching from Honaker and taking out at Slickhorn would be required to obtain a Mexican Hat to Clay Hills permit. The same permit launch limits, fees, and stipulations apply to packrafting trips. If using non-traditional launch or take-out points, packrafters must call the San Juan River permit office to give their actual itinerary and schedule a permit check-in. Additional backpacking permits are required for groups hiking in or out of Slickhorn Canyon or Grand Gulch.

Notice: Due to further erosion over the winter, the BLM Monticello Field Office is advising hikers, backpackers, and packrafters that Grand Gulch is impassable at a pouroff approximately 3/4 of a mile up-canyon from the San Juan River confluence. It is strongly recommended that visitors do not attempt to climb around the pouroff. For more information, call the BLM Monticello Field Office at (435) 587-1500.   

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