Green River

Green River Rafting Utah

Taking a Green River rafting trip is akin to stepping back in time. The rock formations of its two most popular canyons–Lodore and Desolation–date back one billion years. Dusty purples, lime grays and burnt amber rock hues decorate the gorges. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell and his companions became the first-known explorers of this river. Today, the Green River still offers the incredible scenery that so astounded Powell.

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Lodore Canyon: Class II-III / Beginner

Named in Outside Magazine as one of the most coveted river trips in the United States, a Lodore Canyon rafting excursion is one of the more memorable experiences of a lifetime. The trip begins its forty-four-mile descent in the rolling hills of Browns Park. There, the towering auburn flanks of the Gates of Lodore mark the beginning of the canyon. A few miles downstream rafters encounter Disaster Falls, a Class III rapid named by Powell after his expedition suffered the loss of one of their boats there while attempting to navigate the river. The other major rapids of the trip–Triplet and Hell’s Half-Mile–are technically challenging, especially at low water levels.This four-day trip ends with a festive float through the Class III rapids of Spilt Mountain.

Wildlife and History of Lodore Canyon

At Echo Park, the Yampa River merges with the Green and floats past Mitten Park Fault and through a favorite habitat of the endangered Peregrine Falcon. Bighorn sheep are plentiful in the canyon as are mule deer and canyon wrens. A stop at Jones Hole offers a hike along Ely Creek to Indian pictographs and a refreshing dunk in the waters of “Butt Dam Falls.”

Desolation Canyon: Class II / Beginner

The beginning stretches of Desolation Canyon offer a reprieve from the rush of modern society. The water is languid and winds its way slowly through the tall canyon of gray-green limestone and pale orange-purple sandstone. Deeper into the eighty-four-mile trip the rapids get trickier but never exceed a mild Class III. Normal summer water flows render most of the rapids Class II.

Scenery in Desolation Canyon

It’s the scenery that lures most boaters to this section of the Green. Sunrises and sunsets can be epic in the canyon, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon in certain sections. A few hearty souls once tried to homestead in this area; the longer length of this trip allows for hikes up to see the remnants of these bungalows.

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Season: May – September

Green River rafting trips are available on specific dates throughout the spring and summer

Green River

trin-alcove-looking-at-greenLABYRINTH CANYON

~Premier Flat-Water Paddling

Amazing Red Rock Canyons~

“Legendary Labyrinth”

A BUCKET LIST TRIP!

Labyrinth Canyon is the first of two magnificent canyons carved by the Green River in the canyon country of southeastern Utah. Only a few miles below the town of Green River, Utah, across the muted shales of the Mancos Desert, walls of slickrock sandstone begin to rise from the river and grow taller with every mile. This is a very special section of river, because you are there with the canyon as it begins and winds its way across the landscape, deepening around you as you travel. Within a few short miles of your expedition, you are surrounded by the astonishing red rock canyon country that has made this landscape famous. The Green River cannot be characterized in a single description. One can visit her waters many times and never see the same thing twice! We recommend that you take at least 4 days for a paddle trip, longer if you want time to hike and explore off the river.

The river through Labyrinth Canyon meanders slowly with tranquility through the backcountry – this is the perfect river for relaxation, contemplation, and solitude. If you are on the river early in the morning or later in the afternoon, look for wildlife and listen for the cacophony of bird calls in the broad green band of vegetation that lines the river channel. The hikes up tributary side canyons are among the best in the region. River runners have opportunities to explore an ancient ruin and rock art left hundreds of years ago by the Fremont Indians along with the old mines from the days of prospectors. In view are tiny side canyons of twisting sandstone. Trin-Alcove Bend brings together three narrow, serpentine slickrock canyons. At Bowknot Bend, hikers can walk to the top of a narrow neck of land within the seven-mile bend as the river loops back on itself. From this vantage, one can see both channels of the river flowing in opposite directions, only a few hundred feet apart.

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The Green River begins as snow melt and trickling spring water high in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. It makes a 730 mile journey down from the alpine peaks and across the high desert basins of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, falling over 9,000 feet before joining the Colorado River in the heart of the red rocks of Canyonlands National Park. Of the two rivers, the Green is actually the larger, draining a greater area than the Colorado River. Politics alone, not geographic reality, gave the name of the smaller tributary to the whole river system. The Green River is perhaps most famous as the river down which John Wesley Powell and his two expeditions of 1869 and 1871, traveled to explore the region from Green River, Wyoming, to the mouth of the Grand Canyon, a distance of over 1,000 miles. Powell’s first journey was largely exploratory – fraught with the catastrophes and dangers of the unknown. His second expedition brought scientists to observe, map, and catalog the geology, geography, flora & fauna, and Native American tribes of the region. During these voyages, Powell and his men did groundbreaking work on geology, geography, biology, and Native American culture & language. Most of the current names of side canyons & geographical features were given by Powell and his men, and much of the information gathered on these explorations are the basis for current knowledge and scientific studies.

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Put-ins: Green River State Park (66 river miles) or Ruby Ranch (47 river miles)

A Guided Trip is a self-supported expedition where Moab Rafting and Canoe Company provides just about all you will need, including a crew that knows the river all too well, directs the route & times, information, places to hike and camp, and so much more! But, it still requires planning, experience, and equipment, all of which we offer.

Please click on the link(s) below to take you to a specific trip with pricing:

Guided Custom Canoe Trips Green River – Labyrinth Canyon

Guided Special Canoe Trips Green River – Labyrinth Canyon

A Self-Guided Trip is a self-supported expedition that is self-governing where one navigates and is responsible for all of the paperwork, planning, footwork, and knowledge of equipment/gear, the area, the river, safety, and route oneself. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can be a great place to start with providing suggestions, maps, instructions, directions, and items to see or do during self-guided tours.

Please click on the link(s) below to take you to a specific trip with pricing:

Green River

trin-alcove-looking-at-greenLABYRINTH CANYON

~Premier Flat-Water Paddling

Amazing Red Rock Canyons~

“Legendary Labyrinth”

A BUCKET LIST TRIP!

Labyrinth Canyon is the first of two magnificent canyons carved by the Green River in the canyon country of southeastern Utah. Only a few miles below the town of Green River, Utah, across the muted shales of the Mancos Desert, walls of slickrock sandstone begin to rise from the river and grow taller with every mile. This is a very special section of river, because you are there with the canyon as it begins and winds its way across the landscape, deepening around you as you travel. Within a few short miles of your expedition, you are surrounded by the astonishing red rock canyon country that has made this landscape famous. The Green River cannot be characterized in a single description. One can visit her waters many times and never see the same thing twice! We recommend that you take at least 4 days for a paddle trip, longer if you want time to hike and explore off the river.

The river through Labyrinth Canyon meanders slowly with tranquility through the backcountry – this is the perfect river for relaxation, contemplation, and solitude. If you are on the river early in the morning or later in the afternoon, look for wildlife and listen for the cacophony of bird calls in the broad green band of vegetation that lines the river channel. The hikes up tributary side canyons are among the best in the region. River runners have opportunities to explore an ancient ruin and rock art left hundreds of years ago by the Fremont Indians along with the old mines from the days of prospectors. In view are tiny side canyons of twisting sandstone. Trin-Alcove Bend brings together three narrow, serpentine slickrock canyons. At Bowknot Bend, hikers can walk to the top of a narrow neck of land within the seven-mile bend as the river loops back on itself. From this vantage, one can see both channels of the river flowing in opposite directions, only a few hundred feet apart.

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The Green River begins as snow melt and trickling spring water high in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. It makes a 730 mile journey down from the alpine peaks and across the high desert basins of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, falling over 9,000 feet before joining the Colorado River in the heart of the red rocks of Canyonlands National Park. Of the two rivers, the Green is actually the larger, draining a greater area than the Colorado River. Politics alone, not geographic reality, gave the name of the smaller tributary to the whole river system. The Green River is perhaps most famous as the river down which John Wesley Powell and his two expeditions of 1869 and 1871, traveled to explore the region from Green River, Wyoming, to the mouth of the Grand Canyon, a distance of over 1,000 miles. Powell’s first journey was largely exploratory – fraught with the catastrophes and dangers of the unknown. His second expedition brought scientists to observe, map, and catalog the geology, geography, flora & fauna, and Native American tribes of the region. During these voyages, Powell and his men did groundbreaking work on geology, geography, biology, and Native American culture & language. Most of the current names of side canyons & geographical features were given by Powell and his men, and much of the information gathered on these explorations are the basis for current knowledge and scientific studies.

Put-ins: Green River State Park (66 river miles) or Ruby Ranch (47 river miles)

A Guided Trip is a self-supported expedition where Moab Rafting and Canoe Company provides just about all you will need, including a crew that knows the river all too well, directs the route & times, information, places to hike and camp, and so much more! But, it still requires planning, experience, and equipment, all of which we offer.

Please click on the link(s) below to take you to a specific trip with pricing:

Guided Custom Canoe Trips Green River – Labyrinth Canyon

Guided Special Canoe Trips Green River – Labyrinth Canyon

A Self-Guided Trip is a self-supported expedition that is self-governing where one navigates and is responsible for all of the paperwork, planning, footwork, and knowledge of equipment/gear, the area, the river, safety, and route oneself. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can be a great place to start with providing suggestions, maps, instructions, directions, and items to see or do during self-guided tours.

Please click on the link(s) below to take you to a specific trip with pricing:

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