- Sample Itinerary
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- About the Area
- Getting Here
This section of the Green River runs through Gray Canyon which is the last day of our 5-day Desolation Canyon trip. Fun Class I to II rapids will be encountered on this 8 mile stretch. More of a Wilderness canyon, this pristine section of the Green allows viewing of petroglyphs and is home to the occasional big horn sheep, birds of prey and migratory birds. Perfect for floating, kayaking, paddling and water play. Children of almost all ages welcome!
- Fun Class I to II rapids will be encountered on this 8 mile stretch
- More of a Wilderness canyon, this pristine section of the Green allows viewing of petroglyphs
- Perfect for floating, kayaking, paddling and water play
- Come join us! Children of most ages welcome!
Put-in is usually at Nefertiti and take-out at Swaseys (cement ramp just below rapid) outhouse.
Daily River Trips are a great introduction to river running. For the beginner or veteran, our one day trip gives you all the best of river running: whitewater, beach fun, good food, and great company. The price includes: transportation to and from the river from our headquarters in Green River, Utah, lunch, and the use of our waterproof containers for your camera, sunscreen and extra clothes.
We meet for your trip at our Green River, Utah Headquarters located east of the Green River Bridge on the North side of Highway 6, across form the Motel 6 and in back of the Comfort Inn at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Time). You will get back to our headquarters between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Tipping the guides: Many guests ask us if tipping is appropriate after the trip. If you feel the guides have been instrumental in your enjoyment of the trip, you may choose to direct a gratuity to the trip leader in the form of cash or check. He/She will then distribute it evenly to the other crew members. However, the decision to tip is left to your sole discretion.
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 through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP, OUR GREEN RIVER HEADQUARTERS NUMBER IS 435-564-3273
Green River Daily weather: In May and early June temperatures average 70 to 80 degrees during the day and in late June through August the daytime temperatures are 80 to 100 degrees. Light rain showers occasionally occur in this area, and it can cool temperatures considerably. With this in mind we recommend you have a rain poncho. There will also be an abundance of sun, so bring a hat and plenty of suntan lotion and/or sunscreens.
The best place to eat in Green River is Ray’s Tavern. Ray’s is a true small western town bar rich in atmosphere and good food. They serve incredible hamburgers, pork chops, small salads and steaks. The Tamarisk Restaurant offers family dining with riverside seating.
Things to see in the area: John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah. Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Fisher Towers, Colorado National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, San Rafael Swell, Capital Reef National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and the La Sal and Henry Mountains.
Reading material, you may enjoy:
Exploration of the Colorado River Powell…………………………………………. $12.95
Desolation River Guide Belknap (waterproof)…………………………………… $19.95
Life in Stone Christa Sadler……………………………………………………………. $11.95
The Educated Outlaw Harvey Lay Murdock (Grandson)…………………….. $10.95
The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon & the Greene Aton/Miller……. $34.95
Desolation and Gray Canyons Felix E. Mutschler………………………………. $10.95
These books can be ordered on line at www.bikeraft.com, or by sending the appropriate amount listed above plus $5.60 priority shipping to Holiday River Expeditions, 544 East 3900 South, SLC, UT 84107. This is available within the U.S. only. If outside the U.S. additional shipping and handling charges will be added. You can call 801-266-2087 for rates. These books can also be purchased at our headquarters in Green River.
Lodging before and after your trip can be booked at one of six locations:
River Terrace Inn 435‑564‑3401 (locally owned, pool, hot tub, full breakfast, riverside rooms available) *10% discount
Comfort Inn 435‑564‑3300 (inside pool, hot tub, continental breakfast – in front of our headquarters) *10% discount
Holiday Inn Express 435-564-4439 (inside pool, hot tub, continental breakfast – west of our headquarters)
Super 8 435-564-8888 (inside pool, hot tub, refrigerator, microwave)
Motel 6 435‑564‑3436 (pool, kids free, lower rates)
Sleepy Hollow 435-564-8189 (clean with lower rates)
*When making advance reservations at the River Terrace Inn or Comfort Inn, mention that you are on a Holiday River Expedition trip and you will be extended a discounted rate on your room (see above). You will need a trip invoice at check-in.
BE SURE TO MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS!
If you are camping out, there are two campgrounds in Green River: the Green River State Park (no pool, lower rates and may have mosquitos – call 435-564-3633 to make reservations), and the KOA Campground (435-564-8195 – across from our headquarters).
ONE-DAY RIVER TRIP CHECKLIST
Suggested Gear and Clothing:
Shorts or Long Pants (quick drying)
A Short Sleeve or Long sleeve T-shirt
Shoes to get wet while rafting i.e. water sport shoes or sneakers
Water Bottle or Cup
Hat, Sunglasses (with safety straps)
Sun Screen, SPF 15 or higher
Disposable Camera (optional)