Green River Rafting through Desolation Canyon

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Moab, UT

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Moab, UT

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Desolation Canyon became famous after John Wesley Powell's historic descent of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 and 1871. This nearly untouched canyon is deeper in some places than the Grand Canyon at the Bright Angel Trail, featuring scenic bedrock canyon walls that tower overhead. 

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The canyon is also family friendly, with more than 50 Class II-III rapids which can be navigated via oar raft, inflatable kayak, or paddle raft. Off the water, you'll explore Native American ruins, abandoned homesteads, and maybe even the hideout of the infamous Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

  • Scenic flight over Desolation Canyon
  • Towering red-rock canyon walls50+ rapids rated Class II-III
  • Petroglyphs, abandoned homesteads & hideouts
  • Lots of boat options including oar rafts, inflatable kayaks, SUPs and paddle rafts

Meet at the Gonzo Inn in Moab, Utah. Enjoy a scenic flight from Moab to Sand Wash. Begin with a 1.5 mile hike to the river put-in. Motor-assisted rafting through scenic flat water sections. Learn to paddle an inflatable kayak or SUP. Stop to see thousand-year-old ruins or intriguing petroglyphs left by the Fremont Indians. Hike to the abandoned ranch where Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch stayed. Camp on beaches or in cottonwood groves with access to great hiking trails. Challenge the three most thrilling rapids, Belknap, Three Fords and Coal Creek. Take out at Swasey's boat ramp and board a shuttle back to Moab, Utah

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