Desolation Canyon River Rafting
Green River Utah
Desolation Canyon Trip Highlights
· Unbelievably scenic flight at the start of the trip over Desolation Canyon.
· 60+ fun and friendly Class II – III rapid sections dispersed throughout the trip.
· Towering walls deeper than the Grand Canyon in some stretches.
· Numerous off-river excursions to 19th century homesteads and ancient petroglyph panels.
· Tons of wildlife, including wild mustangs, bear, birds of prey, big horned sheep, and more.
· Big sandy beaches with shady cottonwood trees for camp each day.
· The largest continuous wilderness and research study area in the lower 48.
· A true wilderness trip with one road in and one road out.
About This Trip
Desolation Canyon is the pinnacle landscape of the Great American West. Ribboning through ever-growing cliffs and ever-crumbling escarpments, this 83-mile section of the Green River is nestled in a wilderness as remote as anyone could ask for. It is a place where wild mustangs still traipse the river banks, fossils hide in the shale, and old outlaw hideouts remain intact.
Desolation is far from being short on rapids, boasting over 60 Class II sections to splash through either in a raft or kayak. There are also a few Class III rapids, including Steer Ridge, Cow Swim, and Three Fords that tend to be technical and exciting as the waves roll over the boat.
High water season in Desolation is typically from late May to early June. The flows during this stretch are pretty dependent on the contributing tributaries like the Yampa, White, and Duchesne Rivers.
The Sites and Camping
The longer you have to spend in Desolation Canyon, the more time you’ll have to explore its remarkable history and side canyons. The top sites that are right off the river include Rock Creek Ranch and the Flat Canyon petroglyph panel.
Many of the campsites in Deso also offer opportunities to hike to old homesteads and Native American rock art. As for the campsites themselves, this canyon is lined with amazing beaches and big beautiful cottonwoods.
Desolation Canyon was recently designated as a Wild and Scenic River in 2019, ensuring its protection for public enjoyment. We thank the river running community and environmental organizations that made this happen after decades of dedicated work.
These trips continue on the legacy of Adventure Bound River Expeditions, combined with the legendary customer service and expertise of Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep tours.
Payments & Cancellations
- 1/2 down, 1/2 charged 60 days prior to trip.
- 1/3 down with remaining balance charged in thirds by 60 days prior.
- Call for other arrangements!
Free Courtesy Hold
We don’t want you to miss out on this trip so we’ll hold your spots, payment-free, for 24hrs while you make your final arrangements & prepare for payment.
In addition to the listed trip cost, we collect an additional 9% for River and Land Access Fees (ie. Forest Service, BLM, NPS, City, Private Land Use).
These wilderness areas are highly restricted due to their delicate ecosystems.
60+ days: Receive a refund less $200 per person unrecoverable fees.
45+ days: Reschedule for another trip/date, or receive Mild to Wild gift certificate less $200 per person.
45- days: No refund.
Trip insurance is recommended to help cover incidentals like cancelled flights, sickness or medical evacuations
Guests needing to be evacuated from these remote canyons will be charged a minimum of $1000 per person.
Trip Insurance through RoamRight is recommended to help cover unforeseen circumstances.