A Few of Our Favorite Things…About River Rafting Trips: Wildlife

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:

Utah Wildlife Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

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

Bald Eagle in Westwater Canyon

Eagles (Golden and Bald)

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

Beaver in Desolation Canyon


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

River Otter in Lodore

River Otter

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

Pike Minnow

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.

Moose in Lodore


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

Black Bear Desolation Canyon

Black Bear

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

Wild Turkeys in Westwater

Wild Turkeys

Listen for gobbles on the Salmon River Canyons, Westwater Canyon, 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!

Julie Trevelyan 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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