Desolation Canyon River Rafting
Green River Utah
Desolation Canyon Trip Highlights
· Trip starts with an unbelievably scenic flight over the Green River into 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, bears, 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.
April – September
Class of Rapids
II – III
About This Trip
Desolation Canyon is the pinnacle landscape of the Great American West. Ribboning through ever-growing cliffs and ever-crumbling escarpments, this 84-mile section of the Green River is nestled in a wilderness as remote as anyone could ask for. It’s a place where wild mustangs still traipse the river banks, fossils hide in the shale, and old outlaw hideouts have remained in tact.
Desolation is far from being short on rapids, boasting over 60 Class II sections to splash through in a raft or kayak. There are also a few exciting Class III rapids, including Steer Ridge, Cow Swim, and Three Fords.
High water season in Desolation Canyon is typically from late May to early June. The flows on this stretch of the Green River are pretty dependent on its contributing tributaries like the Yampa, White, and Duchesne Rivers.
The Sites and Camping
The longer the trip in Desolation Canyon, the longer you’ll have to explore its remarkable history and side canyons. The top sites right off the river include Rock Creek Ranch and the Flat Canyon petroglyph panel, which are usually visited on every trip.
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 have many devoted river runners and environmental organizations to thank for making 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).
- 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.
- Less than 45 days, unfortunately there will be no refund.
- RoamRight Travel Insurance is recommended to help cover unforeseen circumstances, such as cancelled flights, sickness or medical evacuations.
- Guests needing to be evacuated from the canyon will be charged a minimum of $1,000 per person.
The river guides were awesome and I can’t say enough good things about them. There seemed to be a bit of disorganization with the timing. Original paperwork indicated an 8 am arrival at the airport…
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Not only was the weather great and temperature perfect, but the water was a great temperature to swim and was very refreshing to jump into. The white water was super fun with big waves to…
Ray LauterbachClick to read more
Wonderful guides, terrific foods, fun activities!
Karen TovarClick to read more
This was the most exciting vacation ever, with the best guides that anyone could ask for. From day 1 to the end there was something to do and we were kept safe by this trio…
Randall HydockClick to read more
Our family of 5 (kids age 10,10, and 7) took a 5 night trip in Desolation Canyon in August. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun. The food was delicious. Different meals for breakfast, lunch, and…
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