Kayak Workshop on the Green River in Utah

For those looking for a more active vacation or to get closer to the majesty of the Green River in one of the most spectacular wilderness canyons in the West, we offer the opportunity to experience six days of fun, immersive kayaking instruction in Desolation and Gray canyons. Andy Thunell from the Rapid Progression Kayak School will provide the instruction and all kayaking equipment. Holiday guides provide logistical support and prepare gourmet meals while you practice paddling, rolling, and running rapids. Six days also allow time to hike along side canyons, explore cultural sites, and simply relax on the beaches or among the shady cottonwood trees.

Prior kayaking experience is not necessary, but a kayak swimming pool class is suggested to help speed your learning on the river. These classes can be found at most colleges and universities. You should be in excellent physical condition and comfortable around water. Get hands-on with your river trip!


Additional Things to Bring for the Green River Kayak Workshop:

Extra Sunscreen – Waterproof is recommended

Nose Plugs – For when you learn to roll

Wetsuit Booties / Tennis Shoes – A must while in the kayak

Paddling Jacket with Shell

Wool Sweater

Sunglasses – With Chums or Croakies to hold them

Visor to fit under the helmet – Example: Head Gasket


Water Skiing Gloves – For tender hands

Wetsuit – Bring Farmer John style 1/8″

Small Waterproof Pouch – To carry goodies during the day

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Trip Overview

  • Type:


  • Location:

    Desolation Canyon - Green River Wilderness

  • Length:

    6 Days

  • Dates:

    August 3-8, 2020

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 6:00 am

  • Difficulty:


  • Min. Age:


  • Deposit:



  • Expert kayaking instruction
  • Kayak familiarization including safety and paddle strokes
  • How to read the river's rapids and eddies
  • Play in rapids and begin to learn to roll
  • A chance to kayak Desolation Canyon
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Rates & Dates

6 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1,495
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1,495
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1,495
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1,495
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Typical Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Familiarization with equipment
  • What to expect on the trip
  • Loosening and stretching
  • Safety
  • Getting in and out of the kayak
  • Learning the forward and reverse strokes
  • How to exit the kayak while rolled over in the water
  • Learning the sweep stroke
  • How to enter and exit eddies (back current on the river)

Day 2:

  • Learn various types of braces
  • Learn how to read the river
  • What to do in rapids
  • How to ferry across the river
  • Learn the draw stroke
  • Learn sculling
  • Begin learning how to roll

Day 3, 4 and 5:

  • We will cover the same skills as on Day 2, but will go into more depth and detail. We will strive to improve in the various areas and to make them become more automatic.

Day 6:

  • Greater emphasis on playing in the rapids, and will go over items learned throughout the trip.

Your trip starts in Green River, Utah with a scenic flight into the heart of the Tavaputs Plateau, the largest roadless area in the continental United States. The Green River flows southwest for 84 miles through this same wilderness, and more than 60 class I–III rapids provide plenty of opportunities to practice paddling. The trip ends near Swasey’s Beach, eight miles north of our Green River warehouse.


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by David Hands on Holiday River Expeditions

My Wife and I did this trip and were thoroughly impressed!! It was challenging and very rewarding. Tired each day but slept very well. The equipment and staff were great. We ate well and were looked after. Highly recommended and would return. We traveled from Australia to do the trip!!

by Robert Evans on Holiday River Expeditions

The guides were absolutely fantastic. Our trip leader, Ellie was extremely competent, knowledgeable and friendly.The other guides, Emma, Sam and Jack were all excellent as well. The beauty of Desolation Canyon and the sense of wildness cannot be adequately described. The trip provided a perfect balance of activity and rest. The range of things encountered, including wildlife, petroglyphs, an abandoned western ranch, spectacular scenery and exciting white water was wonderful. Plus the extended trip provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know people from as far away as Australia, to as close as Utah. The food was exceptional, and the guides were super nice and very efficient in setting up camp, cooking, cleaning up, and loading out in the mornings. I could not have asked for a better trip.

by John Tokarz on Holiday River Expeditions

We had a great time! I turned 60 on this trip and was able to spend time with my daughter Kim, her husband Ro and my son Allen. This was our 2nd trip with Holiday and our guides were Brin, Sam and Trevor. They were phenomenal and were just as good at cooking gourmet meals as Lauren and Molly were on our 1st trip.

by Pete Litz on Holiday River Expeditions

All aspects of the trip exceeded my expectations. Chet was a phenomenal trip leader. Andy did a super job with the kayak workshop. The Kayak Workshop is the trip of a lifetime. If you are physically capable of paddling for six days, you owe it to yourself to try it.