DESOLATION CANYON OF THE GREEN RIVER - UTAH

Desolation Canyon is the ultimate place to become an official river rat.  This is the place to fall in love with the river lifestyle - its' whitewater is comfortably challenging, its' history and lore is extraordinary, and its' walls are at one point deeper than the Grand Canyon at the Bright Angel Trail. 

A GOALS Desolation Canyon expedition begins with a scenic flight from Green River, Utah into the gravel airstrip at Sand Wash - offering a bird's eye view of the river below and the canyon landscape that surrounds one of the largest and most inaccessible wilderness areas in the lower 48.  Following a short hike from the landing strip down to our boats, those who explore Desolation Canyon are treated to over 50 class II and III rapids that can be challenged in row boats, paddle rafts, or inflatable kayaks.  We'll hike to old homesteads and ranches, examine some of the largest walls of petroglpyhs and pictographs in any river canyon, and tell ghost stories around the campfire of Butch Cassidy and many other infamous outlaws who frequently called the same beaches we're camped on home.

This canyon should be looked at as a "good solid B+."  You can find bigger whitewater elsewhere.  Other canyons have taller walls throughout, or more varied wildlife.  But few offer the overall combination that you'll find in "Deso", which makes it one of our favorites.   

Desolation Canyon Itinerary INCLUDES:

  • Camping at Green River State Park the night before our expedition.
  • A scenic flight from Green River to Sand Wash.
  • A short 1.5 mile hike from the airstrip down to the put-in, giving you the chance to share your flight experience with those who were on the other planes.
  • 84 miles of river, giving you the chance to try rowing a gear boat, join the paddle team, or captain a "ducky" (inflatable kayak" through the never-ending rapids of Desolation Canyon.
  • Hikes to relics left behind by Powell-era explorers, extensive Fremont Indian petroglyph panels, and old homesteads. 
  • Afternoons spent playing on huge beaches, often under the shade of old-growth cottonwood trees. 
  • The excitement of Joe Hutch, Wire Fence, Three Fords, Coal Creek, and many other rapids.
  • The sense of accomplishment for so many that they've just completed their first "real" river expedition. 
 

 

AVAILABLE DATES IN 2017:

 

MAY 28 - JUNE 2.  6 days.   $1,490.
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) OCCUPIED BY EVERGREEN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) AVAILABLE.

MAY 30 - JUNE 4.  6 days.   $1,490. 
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) OCCUPIED BY CLEAR CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) AVAILABLE.

JUNE 3 - 8.  6 days.   $1,490. 
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) OCCUPIED BY EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) AVAILABLE.

JUNE 7 - 12.  6 days.   $1,490. 
FULL PERMIT AVAILABLE.

JUNE 13 - 18.  6 days.   $1,490. 
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) OCCUPIED BY REDLANDS MIDDLE SCHOOL
- HALF PERMIT (10 spots) AVAILABLE.

 

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interested in a 2017 launch date.

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