Green River Journals

Rafting Desolation Canyon

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A July 1996 trip to Green River by Linda Hoernke

Desolation Canyon Photo, Green River, Utah More Photos
Quote: The Green River is a remote wilderness area hidden away in the deepest canyons of Utah. Rapids, pristine beaches and cool cottonwood glens are enhanced among the spectacular canyons filled with spires, arches, and balanced rocks.

Rafting Desolation Canyon

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Geen River Photo, Green River, Utah
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I woke up one night to the light of the full moon coming up over the canyon walls. An eerie, yet beautiful sight as the moon lit up the river in a dim light of silver. I decide to take a walk and find I need no flashlight. The air is crisp and the solitude is spiritual. There is no noise except the lapping of the water against the sand. Morning brought another bright day and our guides working hard to prepare breakfast for us. Sausage and blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit and yogurt. The day is beginning on the river and the excitement of the rapids has me exhilarated.Quick Tips: Desert weather is unpredictable, especially in spring. Bring rain gear and all weather clothing. Temperatures can ra...Read More

Book Cliff Lodge & Restaurant

Hotel | "Book Cliff Lodge & Restaurant"

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An inexpensive but comfortable hotel with a small but clean outdoor pool. Television and air conditioning make this a good hotel to rest up before exploring or riding the rapids.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Book Cliff Lodge & Restaurant
395 E Main
Green River, Utah 84525
(435) 564-3406

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Moqui(pronounced M O K E E) is a Hopi word that refers to the ancient inhabitants of the Colorado Plateau who left evidence of their occupation throughout the region. Moki Mac River Expeditions lead river trips to Westwater, Cataract, Desolation, Gray and Labyrinth-Stillwater Canyons along with the Grand Canyon. They have been running rivers since the 1940's and I found them to be experienced in not only their river abilities but their friendly manner. They are well organized and the menu they plan and cook on their trips is gourmet quality. They can be reached at Moki Mac River Expeditions Box 71242, Salt Lake City, UT 84171-0242 A five day trip to Desolation Canyon will cost aro...Read More

River Itinerary--Days One & Two

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Rock Creek Ranch Photo, Green River, Utah
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Day 1--Drove to the small airport in Green River and piled our gear and ourselves into two small Cessnas. Our flight to Sand Wash was spectacular-following the Green River below, we passed buttes, mesas and canyons. In an 1869 expedition, John Wesley Powell wrote, "The canyon is very tortuous, the river rapid, and many lateral canyons enter on either side. Crags and tower shaped peaks are seen everywhere, and above them, long lines of broken cliffs. We are minded to call this the canyon of desolation." We circled a mesa with what looked like a thin road down below--our airstrip and the start of our trip down Desolation Canyon! We hiked for two hours toward the river. Hot and thirsty, we final...Read More

River Itinerary--Day Three, Four & Five

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Rock Art Panel Photo, Green River, Utah
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Day 3--Fourth of July and with all the celebrating going on in the cities, we only pass one other kayak group on our way down the river. The rapids are getting bigger and the noise of the river louder. We bank along the shore to get fresh water from a natural spring and to hike up a canyon to an old ranch. The walls of the canyon are wide open, letting an abundance of sunlight through. There are layers of different shades of reds in the rock, green grass and trees. The ranch sits among the trees and has a coral built next to it. Two brothers by the name of Bill and Dan Seamounton built this ranch in the early 1900s. They would pack all their supplies down the canyon trails by horse and mule in the sum...Read More