Desolation Canyon River Rafting

Green River Rafting Desolation Canyon – About This Trip

Green river rafting through Desolation Canyon takes you and your family on a thrilling adventure through some of the most remote parts of the continental United States; The Tavaputs Plateau. This refuge was home to the Fremont Indians for thousands of years and later became a hideout for some of America’s most notorious outlaws.  You’ll find a remarkable array of wildlife accented by tall rainbow colored cliffs sculpted by centuries of wind and water.

This not so desolate canyon is teeming with Bighorn Sheep and Birds of Prey. As the Green River flows through Desolation Canyon, it is peppered with groves of cottonwood trees and white sand beaches. These canyons abound with caves and ancient petroglyphs, and archaeologists have been visiting the area for many years uncovering it’s amazing history. Such rich stories and consistently fun whitewater make Desolation Canyon the perfect trip for families. 

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Starting at Sand Wash put-in in the center of the Tavaputs Plateau, this 84 mile white water rafting trip into Desolation Canyon takes us on the ride of a lifetime and we will encounter over 60 rapids! The whitewater builds in intensity each day and finally leads you out of the Plateau at Swasey’s take-out, just north of our Green River headquarters.

Trip Overview

Location: Green River Wilderness
Type: Rafting
Length: 5 and 6 Days
Dates: May – August
Meet At: Green River, UT 6:00 AM
Rating: Beginner
Age Min: 5
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

Adult – $1,150
Youth – $950 (18 & under)
Senior – $1,055 (65 & up)
Group – $1,055 (10 or more)

Adult – $1,225
Youth – $1,025 (18 & under)
Senior – $1,130 (65 & up)
Group – $1,130 (10 or more)

*Plus $25 BLM fee per person

Departure Dates

2018 Trip Dates

5 Day Trip Dates

May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16

6 Day Trip Dates

July 23, 30
August 6

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What’s Included

Life Jacket
Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day through
lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/day-mix of regular & diet

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while, one could develop a leak, so we always recommend packing important items in ziplock bags and leaving expensive electronics at home. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

What’s NOT Included

Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on the San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.


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by Janet Sargent on Blank Business Name

This trip exceeded all of my expectations. The guides, equipment, food and overall experiences were more than I dreamed of. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life. I can't wait to join the Holiday family again.

by Chet Morris on Blank Business Name

Guides and all staff at the warehouse were friendly and helpful. The guides had very positive dispositions and took all challenges in stride. I don't know who was in charge of the weather but they too should be commended. The food was excellent throughout the trip. The baked goods were fabulous as well.

by Ron Moss on Blank Business Name

Desolation canyon is a beautiful trip and the experience was most worthwhile. I really enjoyed all aspects of the trip and plan to do so again.

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