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

Green River Rafting through Utah's Desolation Canyon

The Perfect Utah Rafting Expeditions and Float Trips on the Green River

A Green River rafting or float trip is the perfect vacation for so many different reasons. It is good for those who are itching to grab a paddle and run the rapids in an inflatable kayak, because the river has more than 60 class II-III rapids. It is also a great family trip because there are Green River float trip opportunities, many big beaches to play games on and a pace that is slow enough you can enjoy spending time in camp and hiking. In addition, the trip is full of off-river attractions including ancient rock art and ruins.

Desolation Canyon River Tours and Float Trips

We meet in the town of Green River, Utah, and begin the adventure with an amazing scenic flight up river to Sandwash, where the boats are waiting. Trips are generally 5 days in length. Desolation Canyon is rich in human history and Western lore – it contains archaeological ruins dating back more than a thousand years. The Green River starts gentle the first day of the trip, but by the end we will have traveled through more than 60 mild-to-wild rapids. Camping takes place on sandy beaches amongst groves of cottonwoods and sandbar willows. The trip ends the last morning at Swasey's Beach, and participants are taken via a short van ride back to Green River.

Multi-Generational Rafting Tours and Float Trips

Desolation Canyon river tours are a delightful journey that can be enjoyed by people of almost all ages and varying interests and abilities. The minimum age for children is 6-8 years old. A river trip is a great vacation to take as a family or group because everyone is together. It is nice to escape the world of smart phones and computers and just enjoy each other's company. We make our Green River tours affordable by offering discounted rates for children and groups.

Rafting and Float Trips - A Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder refers to a hypothesis by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, and this has resulted in a wide range of behavioral problems. River rafting can be the solution! In addition, the only way to protect our open spaces is to show younger generations how to appreciate them. This appreciation comes from experiences, and there is no better wilderness experience than rafting down a river in a beautiful canyon with those you care about.

River Running Offers Learning Experiences for Everyone

Besides having fun, you will also be immersed in an environment that invites learning when you participate in a Green River rafting tour, float trip, or an experience in Desolation Canyon. From environmental ethics to geology, biology, and history, Desolation Canyon presents lots of learning opportunities. Our guides are great interpreters and storytellers.

Book Your River Expedition on Green River and Desolation Canyon

Experience the unique wonders of the great outdoors and create a lifetime's worth of memories with our Green River rafting expeditions, river tours and float trips. Contact us today by email or by calling 1-800-253-7328 to book your next great adventure.

Green River Rafting Dates and Prices

2015 • 20162017

Green River Rafting Dates and Prices

2015 • 2016 • 2017

Green River Rafting Dates and Prices

20152016 • 2017

Desolation Canyon

Green River Wilderness Area

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

May 19-23, May 26-30, June 2-6, June 9-13, June 16-20,
June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25,
July 28-August 1, August 4-8

Inflatable kayaks are available on all trips. Paddle rafts are an option if you have a minimum of 5 people willing to paddle full time.
Adult Rate:
+ flight

Ages 8-18:
+ flight
6-Day Rowing June 16-21 - Women's Solstice Retreat
Sun salutations, beach yoga, music, art, ancient ruins, rock art, rapids, and fun in honor of the new solar year. Hosted by the CRATE gals and Ote Dale, a remarkable river woman, artist and yoga instructor. You will love it!
+ flight

Desolation Canyon

Green River Wilderness Area

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
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