Four-Day Desolation Canyon Expedition

4-Day Desolation Canyon Expedition

(4 days, 3 nights)

We consider this to be our best all-around river trip. Thrilling whitewater, fascinating history, gorgeous campsites, and splendid hikes combine to create the trip of a lifetime.

What to Expect

DAY 1: Guests meet at approximately 6:30 am at our office at 625 Riversands Road. We will give you an exact meeting time during check-in the day before your departure. Once your car is securely parked in our enclosed property, we recommend you leave your car keys behind in our office so they don’t take a swim if you do. If you don’t have a car, we can arrange transportation to our office. After everyone has arrived and loaded their bags, we’ll transport you to the Canyonlands Airfield. From there, you’ll enjoy a scenic flight over wide open desert and tall mesas to an airstrip overlooking the Green River. A guide will meet you at the planes and lead you down the 1.5 mile (downhill) trail to the waiting boats, while a baggage truck transports the gear. Your trip leader and guides will then give an orientation on river safety and load everything up to get underway. Most of the miles covered today will be smooth flatwater, so you’ll have ample opportunities to relax, swim, and take in the views. You’ll pull into camp with plenty of time to set up a cozy home away from home as the guides prepare a scrumptious dinner.

DAYS 2-3: After a night under brilliant stars in a dark sky, you’ll wake to a hearty breakfast and push off to begin the day’s adventures. In between exhilarating rides through the rapids, you’ll enjoy swimming, water fighting, sunbathing, talking with the interesting people you’ll meet on the river, exploring spectacular side canyons, digging your toes into hot sand during a picnic lunch, speculating about the stories behind ruins and petroglyphs, marveling at the grandeur of huge canyon walls, sampling the best of camp cooking, and cozying around a fire to tell stories at the end of the day.


DAY 4: Savor the last few splashy rapids on the morning of Day 4 as you approach the take-out at Swasey’s Rapid, just a few miles from the town of Green River, Utah. Your guides will set out a tasty buffet lunch and then pack everything up while you relish a last taste of Green River scenery. You’ll take a comfortable van or bus back to Moab, arriving at our office by around 3:00 pm.

What to Bring

    On a wilderness adventure, happiness is bringing less -- not more. The items on this list should meet your needs throughout your trip. The night before departure, you will receive two dry bags for your gear: a small one for personal items you’ll want to access during the day, and a larger one to hold your camping gear and a change of clothes. The larger dry bag will be secured to the raft and inaccessible during the day. It will come with a sleeping bag, pad, and ground tarp already inside, leaving room for a small nylon gym bags’ worth of clothes (about 12”x12”x24” - be mindful of this limited space as you pack). Do not bring backpacks or suitcases to the river. Choose clothing that will keep you comfortable through a full day under the sun and can get wet. Most guests meet at our office ready for rafting, but a changing area and restrooms are available if you prefer to travel in regular clothing and change there.

    Recommended Clothing:

    • Sun hat (and string to keep it from blowing off)
    • Quick drying shorts and/or swimming suit
    • T-shirts (Long sleeve is a good idea for sun protection in the hot summer months)
    • River sandals or two pairs tennis shoes (one to get wet, one for camp)
    • Lightweight long pants
    • Socks and underwear
    • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
    • Rain gear

    Recommended Personal Items:

    • Plenty of sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF 15)
    • Body lotion
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Biodegradable soap (such as Ivory)
    • Insect repellent (although the bugs are not bad in Westwater Canyon)
    • Small towel & personal hygiene items
    • Small pillow
    • Disposable moist towelettes
    • Kleenex (small travel packs)
    • Medication if needed
    • Extra pair prescription glasses or contact lenses
    • Sunglasses with safety strap
    • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
    • Sport water bottle
    • Camera with extra batteries and storage media
    • Money for T-shirts, maps, stops at stores and gratuities at the end of the trip
    • Medium Ziploc bags – 5 or 6 for handy storage
What we Provide
  • Coast Guard Approved Type V lifejacket
  • Small dry bag for use on the river during the day
  • Large dry bag to store things you’ll need at camp
  • All rafting, safety, and camping equipment
  • Transportation from our office in Moab to the river and back
  • Hearty and delicious meals
  • Cold water and lemonade on the boats
  • The best licensed guides in the industry
  • Memories to last a lifetime!
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4-Day Desolation Canyon Expedition

  • LAUNCH DATES:
    2017 Dates: May 31 June 7, 14
  • TRIP RATES:
    Adults: $899
    Youth (5-17): $699
  • GROUPS:
    699 per person for group of 8 or more

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Price includes camping equipment and flight. Rates do not include $25 BLM launch fee, 3% access fee, or guide gratuity.

“We just completed a trip on Desolation Canyon and it was an experience we’ll never forget. The geology, rapids, food and guides were amazing. Our kids will have these memories for the rest of their lives.”

-Kevin and family from N.C.