by Julie K. Trevelyan


River rafting has a whole host of super coolness that attracts people. From the whitewater rapids to the tall canyon walls to the deep intimacy with our beautiful natural world, a rafting adventure offers bucket loads of fun. We decided to round up a few of our favorite things about rafting trips.


To kick it off, wildlife! Wild critters abound in and around the rivers. Highlights include these lovely creatures:












Bighorn Sheep

Commonly seen on the Green through Lodore Canyon and in Idaho on the Salmon Rivers.











Eagles (Golden and Bald)

Look to the skies above Desolation Canyon, Westwater Canyon and the  Main Salmon River.
















Catch sight of these industrious workers on the Green River through Lodore Canyon.












River Otter

Scan the shoreline and the river in Westwater Canyon and the Green River through Lodore Canyon.












Colorado Pikeminnow

This endangered fish species can grow up to three feet in length. The upper Colorado River basin still has populations, which might be seen on Lodore, Yampa.













Keep your eyes peeled on the Main Salmon and late fall in Dinosaur National Monument.












Black Bear

Notoriously shy, you may possibly catch a glimpse along the banks of Desolation Canyon, the Main Salmon.












Wild Turkeys

Listen for gobbles on the Salmon River Canyons and Dinosaur National Monument.


Do you have photos of other Wildlife sightings from our trips?  Email your photos to [email protected] and we’ll add them to the list!



Written by Julie Trevelyan.

Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate.

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