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Grand Canyon opens lottery for coveted private river trips

Anyone 18 and older can apply for the trips that last 12 to 25 days.
Credit: AP
FILE - This Aug. 31, 2002 file photo shows a group of visitors riding a pontoon raft through rapids in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. Thousands of people who had been on a waiting list for a coveted trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon still are waiting. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

The Grand Canyon is accepting applications in a highly competitive lottery for non-commercial rafting trips on the Colorado River. 

The National Park Service says 462 permits are available for specific launch dates in 2021. 

Anyone 18 and older can apply for the trips that last 12 to 25 days. 

The park opens the lottery in February each year and holds additional draws for trips that are canceled or left over after the Feb. 25 deadline. 

Several thousand people are expected to apply. 

Those who are drawn can participate in only one commercial or private trip annually.