Desolation Canyon on the Green River in Utah is the kind of place you read about in great literature. Spectacularly deep–deeper than the Grand Canyon in some places– and surrounded by more than a million acres of wilderness, “Deso” is isolated, but not desolate. For centuries, many cultures like the Ute Indians and Fremont Culture called it home. The area is rich in the most amazing flora and fauna you may ever see. From lush green forests to pristine rivers that flow through deep gorges and canyons, this region sings. It is a breath of fresh air from the mundane 9 to 5 city world that most of us live in these days.

Desolation Canyon Red Tail Plane LandingThe Highlights

Come and run the river with us on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip through Desolation Canyon. This particular trip is 5 or 6 days and is safe enough for children as young as 5 years old. trips begin with a scenic flight, soaring up the Green River as it flows through the mountainous Tavaputs Plateau. The rugged chasm yawning open beneath the plane’s wings is unbelievably compelling, and anything but desolate. The landscape comes to life as we push off from shore. Cliff swallows billow from the craggy canyon walls, wild horses stand like sentinels above the river banks, fields of prickly pear cactus bloom in the spring, and great blue herons stalk the shallows. The river moves slowly at first, with calm sections perfect for swimming and water fighting. Desolation is the best trip for inflatable kayaks; people of all ages and abilities will find a section or two that they can paddle comfortably, and there’s adrenaline aplenty in the bigger rapids like Cow Swim, Wire Fence, and Three Fords. History lines the river banks in the form of rock art panels, granaries, and homesteads left by previous human inhabitants of the canyon.

Desolation Canyon has countless side canyons; it would take a lifetime to explore them all. On each trip, we’ll offer a few classic Desolation hikes as well as opportunities for additional exploratory hikes. As we continue through the spectacular Desolation Canyon, we discover petroglyphs left by ancient civilizations. Here we can also view Rock Creek and McPherson Ranch where legendary Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stayed while hiding out from the law.Mcpherson ranch in deso

The Feast

Our guides have developed mouth-watering menus full of fresh, healthy, and varied meals that can accommodate most everyone’s tastes and dietary needs. We take care of the planning, shopping, packing, and preparation. All you have to do is show up and dig in. Our guides know how to operate a spatula as well as they know how to row a boat. Devour Dutch-oven lasagna, crisp salads, wild salmon, steak, brownies, cakes, and more. Oh, and did we mention that we also do the dishes?

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