Green River Utah Trips – Before You Go

For trips meeting in the town of Green River, Utah. If you have any questions prior to leaving for your trip, we welcome you to call our Salt Lake City office, Monday through Friday at 800-624-6323 (outside Utah) or 801-266-2087 (inside Utah). We’re happy to take the time to answer your questions. You may also contact us by email at [email protected]




The best place to eat in Green River is Ray’s Tavern. Ray’s is a true small-town bar rich in atmosphere and good food. They serve incredible hamburgers, pork chops, salads and steaks. The Tamarisk Restaurant offers family dining with riverside seating.


In the early and late seasons (May to mid-June and late-August to September) the daytime temperatures are 70 to 90 degrees, with nighttime temperatures 50 to 60 degrees. It seldom rains in the desert, but when it does, it can cool temperatures considerably. From mid-June to mid-August the days are hot, and temperatures average 80 to 100 degrees during the day and 60 to 75 degrees at night. This is the time of year that swimming becomes a popular activity. This may seem hot but remember the humidity is very low. There will be an abundance of sun, so bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen. *Please avoid spray-on sunscreen for the health and safety of your guides and fellow guests.

The Critters

Bugs, snakes, and other creatures are generally no problem. In fact, the lack of pesky insects is one of the reasons wilderness camping on the river is so pleasant. Any river trip, however, is subject to an occasional localized insect hatch. During these hatches (most common in June to mid-July) mosquitoes can be bothersome. Be sure to bring long-sleeved clothing and a generous supply of repellent. Insect repellents that contain DEET are by far the most effective during heavy hatches. Citronella-based products work only in light hatches. We rarely see any snakes, but if the thought of them bothers you, try sleeping on the beaches or in a tent instead of rocky or bushy areas.

Take a Hike

Hiking is a highlight of the trip, however, it is strictly an optional activity. Please be aware that some of the hikes on this trip can be more strenuous due to heat and elevation gain. There are many interesting short hikes available. Hiking can be done in durable sneakers or lightweight hiking boots. Remember that hiking and other activities vary widely depending on timing and what other plans are ahead for the day on the river.

Bath Time!

You can bathe directly in the river using biodegradable soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or Campsuds). Humans have a big impact on smaller side streams, therefore, please refrain from bathing in these sensitive areas. Alternately, disposable towelettes like baby wipes are a great way to freshen up on trips with cooler weather. 

Robots in the Wild

Often times the best part about the trip is unplugging. The use of electronic devices can often take away from the wildness of your trip. Therefore, we ask that you please be mindful of the impact these devices have on you and others and consider instead truly disconnecting. Some of our guests do choose to travel with their Smartphones for taking pictures, even though there is no cell service. There is always a risk of water damage to these and other electronic devices, even when they are stowed in a dry bag. We ask that you bring headphones if you intend to listen to music. And remember, we’re in the back-country and cannot provide a power source for charging. 

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and carry first aid supplies only. REMEMBER to bring your own prescription medicines and please ALERT our guides to any medical problem you might have such as diabetes or allergic reactions. Wilderness expeditions are a long way from hospitals, doctors, and pain-relieving medicines, and evacuations to modern medical care are uncertain and protracted. In case of evacuation and/or medical treatment beyond first aid, expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made prior to 60 days before the trip, monies will be refunded less a $50.00 service charge per person. Cancellations made within 60 days of the trip date are non refundable.  Prior to 60 days to the trip date we will transfer reservations to another trip in the same year with a $25.00 service charge per person.  All policies will be enforced and we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance.  Cancellation of a trip is very unlikely, but we reserve the right to cancel any trip due to river or weather conditions or the lack of sufficient reservations.  A full refund will be made if such is the case.

New for 2022 and moving forward: Final payments must be received on time (60 days prior to trip) to continue holding your reservation. There will be a 7 day grace period before your seats are made available to the public again.  Thank you for your understanding.

Just In Case

Medical evacuation and cancellation insurance on a vacation plan can be obtained from numerous insurance companies. You are responsible for these potential expenses and we strongly encourage all guests to have this coverage. We offer plans by TRAVEL GUARD that cover evacuation, baggage, and cancellation claims. To get a quote follow this link. It is available to American and Canadian citizens, as well as citizens of another country as long as you have a U.S. address. If you have questions give us a call. Also, if you are bringing expensive cameras, binoculars, or other items we suggest you have insurance coverage for them (commonly available through homeowner’s policies). In the event of a loss, our insurance will not cover those items.

Tipping the Guides

From sunup to sundown your guides strive to make your trip unforgettable. It is customary to tip your guides, especially if you feel they have been instrumental in the success of the trip. A suggested gratuity range is from $20.00 to $30.00 per guest, per day (about 10% of trip costs). Please direct your gratuity to the trip leader in the form of cash or check made out to the trip leader. They will then distribute it evenly to the other crew-members. Thank you!

***Note that on bike & raft combination trips you will have one set of guides for the biking, and a different set of guides on the river. If you intend to tip both, you should do so at the end of each trip segment.


We provide ice water, lemonade, one soda or sparkling water per day per person, and ample cooler space. In the mornings we also provide coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. If you choose to bring any specialty sodas and/or alcoholic beverages, we have no problem taking whatever you want to bring, within reason. Please don’t bring beer, wine coolers, or sodas in glass containers. Wine packaged in a box is ideal. Mark the beverages that you bring so they are easy to find. The liquor store in Green River, Utah, is located in the back of the West Winds restaurant. In the state of Utah, wine and liquor are not sold after 7:00 p.m., before 11:00 a.m., or on Sundays and holidays.

Desolation Canyon trips please note: because of the limited space on the charter flight we must limit the amount of extra beverages you carry with you on the plane. If you intend to bring 1 case or less, simply bring the beverages with you on the plane. For larger quantities, please bring your drinks to our headquarters in Green River on the day before the trip before 2 p.m. If that is not feasible, contact our office at least one month prior to your trip to make alternative arrangements.

Lower & full San Juan trips please note: Alcoholic beverages will need to be purchased prior to your arrival in Blanding because it is a dry town.

While You’re Here

There are so many other journeys you could find yourself on around this greater plateau. Here are a few ideas. First, our favorite little museum, the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River, Utah. You could also look into: Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, the Fisher Towers area, Colorado National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, the San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and the La Sal and Henry Mountains, Natural Bridges National Monument, Newspaper Rock, Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley, Navajo National Monument, San Juan Goosenecks State Park, Comb Ridge/Abajo Mountains (Blue Mountain), Grand Gulch Wilderness Area, Mesa Verde National Park, and the former Bears Ears National Monument (to name a few!)