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Green River - Desolation Canyon

Journey to a faraway time and place.

For right-brained people

Green River rafting through Desolation CanyonThey DO call it Desolation Canyon for nothing. This stretch of the Green River is the most remote and inaccessible canyon that we raft through. But it is hardly empty. There are Native American petroglyphs, abandoned old-west homesteads, and the ghosts of Butch Cassidy and his Hole-In-The-Wall gang who hid out in the canyon’s intricate landscape. There are clear creeks, shady glens, and glorious, sand beaches where we will camp, unwind, and marvel at the scenery. There are eagles, bighorn sheep, and elusive beavers as well as a fascinating variety of hardy desert plants. And there are rapids! Our rafting trips on the Green River feature lots of fun, splashy Class II and III rapids, perfect for learning how to paddle an inflatable kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. Our Green River rafting trips also feature lots of hiking, exploring, and the priceless gift of uninterrupted time with family and friends. If you want to get away from it all, you should take a rafting trip down the Green River. If you want to spend a week with your young kids and not worry about anything except putting on sunscreen, you should take them rafting through Desolation Canyon. If you want to hang out with your family and friends, and swim and laugh and immerse yourself in life on the river and not be distracted by anything except the gentle reflection of the setting sun on a sandstone cliff, well, you know what you should do.

"Your guides were all incredibly professional, easygoing, knowledgeable, fun, tireless, and all went out of their way to make the trip more comfortable and fun for all of us, despite our constant forgetfulness and lack of preparedness!"

Amanda Metcalf

For left-brained people:

  • Desolation Canyon in one word:
  • Vast
  • In another word:
  • Getaway
  • Best known for:
  • Nothing (in a good way)
  • No other trip has:
  • So much space
  • Expect to:
  • Chill out
  • You can also:
  • Visit Arches and Canyonlands
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Cow Swim
  • Types of boats:
  • Oar and inflatable kayak
  • Meeting Place:
  • Green River, UT
  • Length in days: 6
  • Length in miles: 84
  • Overall difficulty: III
  • Highest difficulty: III+ (3)
  • Rapids/day: ~5
  • Gradient: 11 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer3 stars
  • Scenery:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Wilderness: 4 1/2 stars
  • Swimming:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Hiking:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Campsites:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Wildlife:spacer3 stars
  • Fishing:spacer1 star


    Canyon Wren

    Canyon Wren -
    (Catherpes mexicanus) – We hear them more than we see them; their gently descending cascade of liquid notes echoing out from the shadowy recesses of overhanging rocks. They eat spiders, live in little moss and twig nests tucked into crevices and wait for us to come along so they can sing and make us smile.