March 21, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, the National Park Service announced the river sections managed in Dinosaur National Monument, Canyonlands National Park and Grand Canyon National Park were closed or closing soon.
Dinosaur National Monument which includes Lodore Canyon, Yampa Canyon, Whirlpool and Split Mountain canyons, will close to all river boating at noon, Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice. Options to reschedule trips will be provided at a future date.
Canyonlands National Park closed their sections of Labyrinth and Meander and Cataract canyons to self-guided and concessionaire river trips (overnight or day-use) on March 20, 2020. They are not allowed through April.
Grand Canyon National Park announced that as of, March 24, 2020, Grand Canyon river rafting trips including administrative, research, self guided and concessionaire trips, are suspended until May 21, 2020.
The very short notice provided by Grand Canyon National Park to self-guided river trips that their trips are cancelled has caused chaos among the river gear rental companies in Flagstaff and their clients across the country and in transit. River Runners for Wilderness is attempting to connect permit holders that have space on their trips and are still launching on March 22 and 23 with trip participants in Flagstaff or on their way to Flagstaff whose permit holders have canceled their trip. If you find yourself in this predicament, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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