Green River Rafting, Utah
The headwaters of the Green River originate in the Wyoming Mountains. The river passes through the mystifying solitudes of Utah, ultimately joining the Colorado River. Rafting along the Gray, Lodore and Desolation Canyons of the Green River means adventure through wheels of time. One billion years of evolution has painted the canyons in vibrant hues of mauve, gray, red and amber.
The lower portion of the Gray Canyon stretches for over 9 miles and is graced by seven gentle rapids. The upper portions feature some exciting Class III rapids. Canoeists in the Green River prefer the Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons.
The Lodore Canyon expeditions begin along spectacular pre-cambrian sandstone and limestone crags. The canyon was first explored by Major Wesley Powell in 1869 and little has changed since then. The magnificent scenery and thrilling rapids has made this place one of the most coveted rafting spots in the US by the “Outside” magazine. Disaster Falls offers Class III action and in the past, it had turned a boat of Major Powell’s expedition. Thus the name! Triplet, Hell’s Half Mile and the Class III rapids of the Split Mountain are technically challenging and need a fair degree of experience to be navigated. The trip offers a peek at Indian Petroglyphs, hiking spots and excellent waterfalls all along the trail. Majority of the river passes through the Dinosaur National Monument, which is rich in natural history. Bighorn sheep, mules and river otters are a common sight throughout the trip. The endangered species of Peregrine Falcon also inhabits the region. The Desolation Canyon is heaven for the ones with a laid-back attitude. Even the winds and water seem to reflect this relaxing mood. The river meanders through deep canyons streaked in mossy and amber hues. A mellow drift at the crack of the dawn or in twilight will make the canyon a psychedelic experience with an array of wondrous hues.
Along with all these scenic delights, the river has more to offer. 60 rapids are spanning across the 84 mile trip! Belknap Rapid is an exciting one among the others, ranging from Class II-III. White sand beaches and hidden alcoves add to the fun factor.
Flaming Gorge offers another option for rafting in the Green River. The cool deep waters of this section are classified into Class II action and are surrounded by abundant populations of rainbow trout, mule deer, bald eagles and ospreys.