Green River Rafting Through Desolation Canyon

Starts: The Gonzo Inn, United States
Finishes: Moab, United States

Visit: The Gonzo Inn, Green River, Moab

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate


This scenic canyon received its name from John Wesley Powell during his historic descent of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 and 1871. Red rock canyon walls and a verdant ribbon of riverside foliage define this stretch of river as it divides the Tavaputs Plateau. Desolation Canyon is far from desolate, with its Cottonwood tree groves, big sandy beaches, eagles and bighorn sheep. Inside the canyon walls, you will find the remnants of past visitors, from ancient rock art and stone ruins left behind by the Fremont Indians, to a cabin abandoned by early settlers. This 84-mile stretch of river boasts more than 50 splashy Class II-III rapids along with peaceful stretches, perfect for contemplation, paddling an inflatable kayak, or trying out a stand up paddleboard, making it an entertaining choice for travelers of all ages and experience levels.


    • Scenic ride from Vernal, Utah to Dinosaur National Monument
    • Raft through the towering Gates of Lodore
    • Challenge some of the rivers most exciting and famous rapids like Upper and Lower Disaster Falls
    • Hike up Winnies Grotto to beautiful oases and side canyons
    • Sit back and soak in the remote splendor of Lodore Canyon its soaring red rock cliffs sprinkled with deep green junipers and pion pines
    • Feast on delicious meals, relax on sandy beaches
    • Charge rapids like Harp Falls, Triplet Falls, and Hells Half Mile
    • Hike to Rippling Brook - the perfect place for a cooling shower
    • View petroglyphs at the confluence with the Yampa River

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 166768
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: The Gonzo Inn, United States
Finishes: Moab, United States
Duration: 5 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • Skilled professional guide service
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Two waterproof bags to hold your gear for the trip (approximate sealed size: 13” diameter x 25” tall). Your sleeping bag and pad will come already packed in one of the two waterproof bags. Your remaining gear, therefore, must fit in one
  • 1 small waterproof bag for camera and other small items you’ll want during the day (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) which must be worn at all times on the river in compliance with insurance requirements
  • Sleep Kit (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, ground tarp, sheet, pillow and pillowcase)
  • 2-person tents on a shared basis (there is a $30 plus tax charge for a private tent)
  • 12-ounce insulated Klean Kanteen with Café Lid to use for drinks in camp
  • Camp chairs
  • Eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Highest quality inflatable rafts, helmets and related equipment
  • Transfers from Moab, UT to the river and back, including a scenic flight
  • Wetsuit–weather dependent and by request (does not include footwear of any kind, including wetsuit booties). For clients with a high interest in using the inflatable kayaks, we will bring a limited supply of wetsuits. If you have your own, please feel free to bring it with you.



Price person (sharing double) $1,699 ($340/day)


$400 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

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United States Green River, Desolation Canyon, Utah


Tour Operator


Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, O.A.R.S. specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific.

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S. trips have been honored as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

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