Desolation Canyon Rafting Trips

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Experience the Ultimate Green River Rafting Trip Through Utah’s Desolation Canyon

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

Green River Rock artWe 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

Desolation Canyon Family RaftingNature 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.

Where to Find Us in Utah

Colorado River and Trail Expeditions

255 East 1000 North, Green River, Utah 84525

801-261-1789
801-268-1193
crate@crateinc.com
PO Box 57575 Salt Lake City
Utah 84157-0575

Desolation Canyon 2019 Schedule
Trip Name and Area or LocationLengthDatesPrice

Desolation Canyon
Green River Wilderness Area

Meet in Green River, Utah

Minimum Age: 6-8 Years, Depending on Size (Height & Weight)

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 ($150) 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 14-18, May 21-25,
May 28-June 1, June 4-8,
June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13,
July 16-20, July 23-27,
July 30-August 3, August 6-10
Inflatable kayaks are available on all trips.
Adult Rate:
$1,295.00
+ flight
Ages 8-18:
$895.00
+ flight
6-Day
Rowing
June 11-16
Birding Trip with Tracy Aviary

As the largest and oldest of only two free-standing aviaries in the nation, and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Utah’s Tracy Aviary has  evolved over its 79-year history to become a cultural landmark, public garden, and leader in environmental education and conservation. We are delighted to offer this special 6-day “bird watching” rafting trip that will be hosted by Tim Brown, the aviary’s CEO. Detailed trip information is available on request.
Adult Rate:
$1,595.00
+ flight
Ages 12-18:
$995.00
+ flight
6-Day
Rowing
August 5-10
Down the River with Everett Ruess and Friends

Join French journalist/musician/filmmaker Emmanuel Tellier and storyteller/bookman Ken Sanders for a unique voyage down the Green River through Utah’s Desolation Canyon. Tellier has spent six years producing and directing a documentary film on the life and disappearance of canyon country legend Everett Ruess. The trip includes a free showing of Tellier’s film, “The Disappearance of Everett Ruess,” in Moab, Utah, prior to the river trip.
Adult Rate:
$1,595.00
+ flight
Ages 12-18:
$995.00
+ flight
Desolation Canyon 2020 Schedule
Trip Name and Area or LocationLengthDatesPrice

Desolation Canyon
Green River Wilderness Area

Meet in Green River, Utah

Minimum Age: 6-8 Years, Depending on Size (Height & Weight)

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 ($150) 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 12-16, May 19-23, May 26-30,
June 2-6, June 9-13, June 23-27,
June 30-July 4, July 7-11, July 14-18,
July 21-25, July 28-August 1,
August 4-8
Inflatable kayaks are available on all trips.
Adult Rate:
$1,495.00
+ flight
Ages 8-18:
$995.00
+ flight
6-Day
Rowing
 June 16-21
Women’s Solstice Retreat

Sun salutations, beach yoga, rock art and ruins, music, and fun projects and activities in honor of the new solar year! Hosted by the women of CRATE.
$1,995.00
+ flight

Green River Rafting Trip Options in Desolation Canyon

5-Day All-Inclusive rafting with Inflatable Kayak Option

crateinc-kidsrafting-220x188This 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.


6-Day Birding Trip with Tracy Aviary

June 11-16
Birding Trip with Tracy Aviary

As the largest and oldest of only two free-standing aviaries in the nation, and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Utah’s Tracy Aviary has  evolved over its 79-year history to become a cultural landmark, public garden, and leader in environmental education and conservation. We are delighted to offer this special 6-day “bird watching” rafting trip that will be hosted by Tim Brown, the aviary’s CEO. Detailed trip information is available on request.


 

6-Day Down the River with Everett Ruess and Friends

August 5-10
Join French journalist/musician/filmmaker Emmanuel Tellier and storyteller/bookman Ken Sanders for a unique six day voyage through Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River in southeastern Utah. Combined with a free showing of Tellier’s new documentary film on Everett Ruess.

Emmanuel has spent six years producing and directing a documentary film on the life and disappearance of canyon country legend Everett Ruess, who vanished into the slick rock wilderness of Escalante in November of 1934. He has also created two record albums, and a play on the legendary canyon country vagabond that was recently staged in one of the the most exciting cultural centers in Paris, Le 104.

Emmanuel will be discussing his many Ruessian projects by day and night on the river, and Sanders will join in with stories and readings about Ruess, the Canyon country and beyond. Emmanuel will also be willing to hear your own stories about the river and the wilderness, as he will be working on an essay to be published in 2020.

As a special treat, there will be a free premiere showing of Tellier’s film, “The Disappearance of Everett Ruess”, in Moab, Utah, prior to the river trip.

Speak With A Rafting Expert

Desoaltion Canyon Bootleg CampWe’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.
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