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Rafting Utah's Desolation Canyon

Hands down one of the best family-friendly adventures in North America, or possibly on the planet. A bold statement? This place deserves that much. Multiple generations from age 5 to 85 will enjoy this rafting trip - as though Desolation Canyon was made for just such a thing.

Beginning with a spectacular flight from Moab over the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah, hidden deep upon the high shelves of the Tavaputs Plateau, is the story of a beauty betrayed by her name. Desolation Canyon, authored for centuries by the plunging snowmelt of the Green River; its delicate pages kept and preserved among a landscape that otherwise appears desolate and barren. Indeed, the world has judged the Book Cliffs by their cover and failed to find Desolation Canyon! It's the perfect disguise, but we're not keeping the secret to ourselves.

More than 60 fun-filled class II-III rapids interspersed over the course of a 5-day journey keeps the party moving. Water fights, swim breaks, smaller boats and inflatable kayaks get you closer to the water than other trips, like Grand Canyon or Cataract Canyon. Did we mention the water here is warm? Broad sandy beaches, cottonwood trees, dark-sky stars, rich human history, and plenty of wildlife all contribute to a magical experience mile after mile and night after night. You'll only wish it had lasted longer.

Total Duration
including transfers
Scenic Flight
over Tavaputs Plateau
Minimum Age
must be at least 50 pounds
Rapid Class
on river
Best Guides on the River

Your guides in Desolation Canyon will navigate you safely through, cook delicious riverside meals that satisfy and delight, lead a hike with a spring in their step, help you pitch a tent if it looks like rain, encourage you to stay up late under the stars, and help make a craft with the kiddos.

Family Magic

Desolation Canyon is virtually made for catering to all the fun a five year old wants, everything thrilling the teenagers want, and the mellow relaxation the parents and grandparents want. Family Magic happens on rafting trips because time is spent, experiences are shared, and memories are made together in a way that rarely happens on any other kind of vacation.

Unique History & Landscape

Besides a spectacular geological display, Desolation Canyon also displays a bounty of unique human history. Ever heard of Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall Gang? Desolation Canyon was one of many "holes in the wall" where they eluded lawmen in southern Utah. Evidence of the settlers, moonshiners, and ranchers that aided them remain in the canyon as tokens of an era gone by.

Green River Desolation Canyon Reviews

Rated 4.9 stars out of 6251 Total Reviews

Felt Safe!

Susan - Massachusetts, USA
Great guides, and strong leaders. Also felt safe. Noticed great community of people. Loved the light touches of history which added a lot to my trip. I loved the kayaking option. Daniel added a lot to the trip. Thank you for offering this class 2-3 level trip - my daughter enjoyed it without getting scared.

Pure Magic

Wolfgange & Peter - Vienna, Austria
If you have not yet made the Desolation Canyon, Green River Trip with Western River Expeditions you cannot have enjoyed the best holidays of your life. The indescribable beauty of the canyons, our wonderful guides, the kindness of the other guests, the perfect organization of the trip and - last but not least - the fantastic meals. "An experience of a lifetime" promises the brochure of Western River. This is just half the truth, because the reality is pure magic.


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