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GRAND CANYON (Tucson News Now) - If you want to ride the Colorado River, now's the time to say so.

Starting Saturday, February 1, the National Park Servicewill begin accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raftthe Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. These are for groups who want to tackle the river on their own, aside from any commercial trips.

The Park Service is giving out 461 of these permits for 12- to 25-day trips.  You must be at least 18 to apply for one.  Noncommercial river trips must be self-guided, and you must have experience in whitewater rafting.  People can participate in one recreational river trip per year (commercial or noncommercial).

You can apply online at the Park Service's website at www.nps.gov/grca.  Select "River Trips/Permits" then "Weighted Lottery".

Applications will beaccepted online through noon Mountain Standard Time on February 25, 2014.

In addition to the annual main lottery,follow-up lotteries are held as needed throughout the remainder of the year toreassign canceled and/or left-over river trips.

Public notifications for thesefollow-up lotteries are made through email, an RSS feed, and Twitter (twitter.com/GCRiverPermits).

Several companies offer guided trips.  You can find out about them by visiting www.nps.gov/grca, selecting "RiverTrips/Permits", then "3 to 18 Day Commercial Trips".

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