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Green River Rafting Utah 5 Day Itinerary

DAY 1: Desolation Canyon »

Experience a breathtaking morning flight over the canyons of the Green River, landing atop a spectacular desert plateau. Enjoy a beautiful hike or van ride to the river's edge. Launch onto a calm stretch of the Green River, perfect for swimming and relaxing. Before your first delectable camp dinner, explore the area, play a game or just relax and soak in the soothing beauty of Utah's Desolation Canyon while your guides do all the cooking.

Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting Flight Plane 2

DAY 2 & 3: Desolation Canyon »

Awaken to a hearty breakfast and hike a short distance to 1,000-year-old Fremont Native American petroglyphs or maybe an old moonshiner's hideout. Savor a delicious riverside buffet lunch. Then, climb aboard your oar boat and let your guide pilot you through several exciting Green River rapids, or you and a partner may chose to paddle your own inflatable kayak.

Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting Flotilla 2

DAY 4: Desolation Canyon »

Hike to a historic homestead rich in folklore and outlaw history. Run Wire Fence and Three Fords rapids, among the biggest whitewater on the Green River. Float out of Desolation Canyon, and enter scenic Gray Canyon, traversing 40 million years of geologic history in the blink of an eye. Savor another night camping under the innumerable stars of the astounding southern Utah sky.

Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting Photo Ruins 2

DAY 5: Desolation Canyon »

After a restful night under the stars, you'll awaken to relish your last morning in the canyon. Even by your final day, you will be amazed at how surreal it is to wake up with the first rays of sun gently spreading through the shadows of the Green River's towering cliffs. You'll enjoy a riverside breakfast then set off for more whitewater excitement interspersed with calm stretches for swimming and occasional waterfights. After lunch, you'll celebrate your successful journey and return with a 1-hour bus ride to Moab, Utah (arriving approximately 2:30 PM).

*Note: This itinerary is provided as a sample. Daily activities and sights will vary based on weather conditions and guide preferences.

Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting Nefertiti Couple 2


Get a good night's rest the night before your river trip at The Big Horn Lodge in Moab. Return from your Green River trip and relax for 2 nights in the finer comforts of the Gonzo Inn -- within walking distance of Western's Moab Adventure Center. At mid-morning, after your river trip, enjoy the thrills of a Slickrock Hummer Safari and then take the afternoon to yourself. In the evening, relish in the "Golden Hour" of sunlight with a Sunset Arches N.P. Tour hosted by your guides at the Moab Adventure Center. Finish the night off with a dip in the hot tub and checkout in the morning. *Note: This itinerary is provided as a sample. Daily activities and sights will vary based on weather conditions and guide preferences. Trip length varies from 4 days in June to 5 days in July.

Moab Hummer Tours Rim Sunset
Sun Divider

Pre-Trip Travel Information

Beginning in the quaint town of Moab, Utah this trip offers plenty of opportunity for additional adventure, shopping, dining and relaxing. Schedule a few days before or after your trip to explore downtown Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and participate in some unforgettable Moab activities such as an off-road Hummer Safari or canyoneering. At any time before departure, Western can add to your itinerary additional activities, lodging, airport shuttle, and Jeep rental. Simply give us a call and we'll arrange everything for you.

How to Get to Moab

If you're flying, the following options are generally the most common:

  • Fly directly to Moab, Utah (CNY) and
    get a shuttle into town or rent a Jeep
  • Fly to Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT)
    and rent a car (1.5 hour drive)
  • Fly to Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) and
    rent a car (4 hour drive)

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Travel Time to Moab, Utah from Closest Major Airports

Salt Lake City, Utah .................. 4 hr drive

Denver, Colorado ..................... 6 hr drive

Denver, Colorado ..................... 1 hr flight

Las Vegas, Nevada ................... 8 hr drive

Where and When to Meet

The first day of your trip, you'll need to check out of your accommodations, eat a good breakfast and meet at 6:15 AM in the lobby of SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Moab, located at1865 N Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532 (435-355-0042). We'll take a 15-minute bus ride out to the airport and then board a 5-9 seat aircraft for a 40-minute flight to the river.

Where to Stay

Along with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Moab offers plenty of hotel choices, as well as condominiums and guest homes. Some hotels include Gonzo Inn, Big Horn Lodge and Best Western Canyonlands. You'll want to reserve at least one night of lodging before your trip.

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Post-Trip Travel Information

You'll return back to SpringHill Suites by Marriott around 2:30 PM the final day of your trip. Depending on your schedule, you may want to reserve at least one night of lodging the final day of your trip. If you will be traveling on but wish to shower before leaving Moab, we can direct you to several locations in town that offer shower facilities.

Tip » After returning to Moab, we highly recommend adding a Sunset Hummer Safari to your itinerary. You'll have time to check into your hotel, relax, eat some dinner, and then experience a one-of-a-kind off-road adventure. You'll ride over incredible sandstone fins out to a beautiful sunset overlook that will take your breath away. For optional 2-hour to full-day excursions in Moab, Utah before or after your trip plus helpful Moab area information, visit Western River's Moab Adventure Center.


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