Grand Canyon Rafting
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  • Post Office Box 57575
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 84157-0575

Desolation Canyon Rafting

Explore the Wonders of Desolation Canyon and Green River

With its outstanding sceneries and spectacular geologic formations, Desolation Canyon provides the perfect course for adventure-seekers and nature lovers. This scenic destination is a Registered National Historic Landmark that offers excitement and relaxation in one. There's plenty of action to experience, whether you love to hike or face the rapids of the Green River.

Desolation Canyon provides the perfect retreat and outdoor experience for the entire family. The canyon has over 60 Class II and III rapids that both children and adults can traverse. The best thing about this destination is you can explore off-river attractions, find ancient rock art panels, and get closer to nature, making your trip extra memorable.

Make the Most of Your Desolation Canyon Trip with CRATE

When it comes to Green River rafting at Desolation Canyon, Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has you covered. We will provide you the adventure of a lifetime and arrange the best itinerary for your group. Whether you're a first-time rafter or someone who prefers a greater challenge, our river expeditions will provide the ultimate outdoor experience for your getaways.

Multi-Generational Rafting Trips

It's hard to find a vacation that everyone in the family can enjoy. With Colorado River & Trail Expeditions, this won't be a problem. Our Green River rafting trip is perfect for everyone – children and teens, parents, and even grandparents. Our staff will plan all aspects of your trip to accommodate everything you need, from meals to rafting equipment. We can arrange your transport for your rafting expeditions, whether by charter flights or car transport.

With our multi-generational rafting trips, you can get the whole family together and make the most of your vacation.

River Rafting Adventures for Children

Research shows that engaging children in outdoor activities can be a great way to relieve stress and avoid mental disorders, such as ADD and depression. Colorado River & Trail Expeditions will bring your children closer to the wilderness and Utah's natural wonders with our river expeditions. We offer discounted rates and special packages for young explorers and rafters.

Learning Experience for Everyone

Green River rafting isn't only about the thrill and adrenaline rush; Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers Earthway Education Expeditions to provide an in-depth learning experience for vacationers. We have different programs that cover different topics on ecology and personal environmental ethics. It can also serve as a journey for self-discovery, and provide a deeper appreciation for nature, as you paddle the raft downstream. We recommend this expedition for groups, schools, summer camps, and families.

Gluten-Free River Trips

For vacationers who have special diets, Colorado River & Trail Expeditions can arrange river trips with gluten-free meals and snacks. Our staff will gladly provide a menu that suits your preferences—if you have specific food requests, we'll do our best to accommodate your meal plans.

Book Your River Expedition

Experience the unique wonders of the great outdoors and create a lifetime's worth of memories with our Green River rafting expedition. Contact us today to book your river trip.

We look forward to planning your expedition.

Green River Rafting Dates and Prices

2014 • 20152016

Desolation Canyon - Green River Wilderness

Meet in Green River, Utah
The standard transportation package for Desolation Canyon expeditions includes an amazing scenic charter flight from Green River to Sandwash to begin the river trip. The cost of the flight ($135) will be added to your account balance when we confirm your reservation. Other transportation arrangements are possible. Please contact us for more information.
5-Day Rowing

6-Day Rowing

9-Day Total
6-Days Rafting


Multi-Generation Family Celebration
Celebrate your family ties on this 5-day rafting trip in Desolation Canyon. Fun learning activities and games for all ages. Comfortable camping for elders (cots and camp chairs). A great outdoor adventure to share with your loved ones.

Adult Rate:
Ages 8-20:

Desolation Canyon River Map

Green River Rafting Trip Options in Desolation Canyon

Enjoying the Green River from a raft

5-Day All-Inclusive rafting with Inflatable Kayak Option

This is our most popular Green River rafting expedition. The trip starts with a scenic flight up the Green River to Sandwash, where the river trip begins. The trip ends at the bottom of Swasey's rapid. During the 84 mile trip participants have the option to challenge the rapids in their own inflatable kayak, or sit back and relax while the guides do the work. In addition to the river portion guests have the option see ancient petroglyphs, hike through historic ranches, and play on sandy beaches. This is a great trip for families because of the great diversity in activities.

5-Day Women's Solstice Retreat - June 19-23, 2012

Sun salutations, river-side yoga, good hikes, and exciting rapids! A great get-away for active women of all ages. Rev up your spirit in honor of the new solar year. Call our office for more information.

Click on an Item to Learn More About Rafting Desolation Canyon on the Green River

Rafts stopped to see artifacts on Green River
Rowing the Green River

Our 18-foot row rafts accomodate 4-5 passengers plus the guide who rows the boat.

Inflatable Kayak in Desolation Canyon

Inflatable Kayaks turn a mild rapid into a wild one. Our fleet of inflatable kayaks make Desolation Canyon trip a top pick for multi-generational trips. There is plenty of fun and excitement or relaxation for all ages.

Paddle Raft Desolation Canyon

Our Paddle Rafts hold 6-8 passengers plus a guide who steers the raft.

Hiking on rafting trip

To many people the off-river hiking is as spectacular as the river corridor itself. We specialize in off-river hiking on all of our river expeditions. We are certain you will see places on our expeditions most river travelers miss.

Demaree Bags

Upon arrival, each participant will be given a large water-proof bag for clothing and personal items. Another water-proof bag will contain your provided sleeping bag, foam Paco Pad, and a large plastic ground tarp. Our water-proof bags are 30 inches high and have a diameter of 14 inches.

Waterproof Dry Box

Each participant will also receive an ammo can. It is always readily accesible during the day and is the best place to keep sunscreen, cameras, notebooks, etc.

River Kitchen

Our Kitchen includes everything we need to make delicious food. Dutch Ovens, Fire Pans, Propane Stove, Tables, and Drink Coolers. Our boats carry everything we need for the entire trip.

paco Pad

Wiggy's Sleeping Bags

Our sleep kit includes a fresly laundered sleeping bag. Our sleeping bags are made in the USA by Wiggy Inc. Wiggy also makes sleeping bags for the US Airforce.

Tent Photo

We supply tents from Kelty & ALPS, but generally the night sky is so spectacular that most people want to sleep out under the stars.

Camp Chairs

We supply camp chairs on all of our rafting expeditions.

Handwash set-up

A handwash device is set-up at lunch and in camp. It is mandatory for guests to wash hands before meals and after using the bathroom.

Bathroom facility on rafting trip

One of our toilets is always enclosed by a roomy yellow tent. It allows privacy as well as a place to change your clothes.

Toilet Photo

Our specially designed toilet makes the fear of using camp toilets go away. It is the most sanitary and clean toilet ever to be used on an outdoor expedition. It has a fly proof lid and utilizes a special chemical along with specially designed plastic bags that allow it to be set-up clean everyday. It has the ability to hold solid waste as well as urine. Along with the toilet, Lysol and toilet paper are always located inside the tent.

Outlaw hideout in Desolation Canyon

Speak To A Desolation Canyon Expert

We've done our best to design a website that is informative and easy to use, but we realize you may still have some questions. If that's the case, please call our office and get the information you need right away. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have been on all of the river trips offered by our company and can speak to you from experience. You won't have to press a sequence of buttons, and there's even a good chance one of our owners will answer the phone directly and assist you.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. We also check for messages over the weekend. Call us at (800) 253-7328

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Desolation Canyon River Trip Photos

Green River Rafting

  • Riding the Flow of the RiverAll Smiles on the Green River
  • Petroglyphs in Desolation CanyonPetroglyphs abound in Desolation Canyon
  • Wild Horses Along the Banks of the Green in UtahWild Horses are a Common Site in Desolation Canyon
  • Wing shelter on a utah rafting tripSpending an afternoon on the Beach
  • Lighthouse Rock on Green RiverLooking Towards the Same Lighthouse Rock JW Powell saw in 1869
  • Green River Trip in Desolation CanyonHike to an old Outlaw Hideout
  • vThe Best Multi-Generational Vacation Ever
  • Cottonwoods make great shade in Desolation CanyonCottonwood Trees Abound in the Canyons of Desolation and Grey
  • aView from the Plane of the Green River in Grey Canyon
  • Utah RaftingUtah's Green River Leaving Desolation Canyon
  • aEnjoying an Early Camp at Rabbit Valley
  • Planes at SandwashPlanes on the Airstrip at Sand Wash
  • Playing games on the Beach while rafting the Green RiverPlaying Games before Dinner
  • Utah River StoriesTelling River Stories After a Big Day of Rapids
  • Looking back Toward Desolation Canyon on a Utah Rafting TripSunset on the Green River
  • Utah River ToursRiver Trips Bring Everyone Together
  • view above RattlesnakeSee Breathtaking Scenery
  • Inflatable Kayaks on the Green RiverOptions for Everyone
  • aWhy Relax on the Beach When you Can Play in the Water?
  • qHiking Up Chandler Canyon
  • Utah River RaftingCollared Lizard Seen During a Hike
  • Whitewater Rafting in UtahChallenge the Rapids in one of our Inflatable Kayaks
  • Utah RiversGo Barefoot in the Sand
  • Utah River Tour Side HikeLearn About the History of the Area
  • Green River ToursExplore the Same Paths the Fremont Indian Culture Used
  • River Rafting in UtahOar Powered Raft