The Grand Canyon: Be Flexible With Your Permit Date

Conquer the canyon with this handy guide

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Your odds increase dramatically if you are willing to take a trip outside of the May through September peak season. While the main lottery is in February, there are follow-up lotteries throughout the year that offer up plenty of December and January launch dates that people from the original lottery did not take. It is important to educate yourself on what a Grand trip will look like in January. Read: shorter days and more specialized equipment like a dry suit and muck boots.

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