Desolation Canyon is perhaps our most popular family river vacation. A less-known national treasure, Desolation is one of the most scenic, historic and colorful waterway areas on the western rivers. Its brightly colored formations are monuments to the force of Mother Nature. Wildlife thrives: you may see mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, or waterfowl and desert birds, along with yucca, sage, numerous cacti and wildflowers. Huge cottonwood trees over untouched beaches offer exquisite campsites. Feel the power of the river pull as your oar or paddle raft drifts along the calmer sections of the Green. Desolation Canyon has an abundant supply of rapids; over 60 overall on this 84-mile trip. The trip includes a scenic charter flight from Moab to the trip's put-in site at Sand Wash.
Trip meets in Moab, Utah at our office, 378 N. Main, at 6:15 am. The morning of the trip you’ll be transported to the Moab Airport and board a charter flight, approx. 45 minutes to Sand Wash, the river put-in site. Please be sure to contact our office if your beverages exceed one case per group. We must maintain weight restrictions on charter planes, so large amounts of beverages must be taken in the day before with the Adrift Crew via truck. The truck will leave the office approximately 12:00 p.m. the day before your departure date. After your scenic flight into Sand Wash you’ll load onto our rafts for a pleasant day of floating the Green River. Spend the evening camping on the river’s shore. Horseshoes, volleyball, hiking and just plain relaxation for the evening! Lunch and dinner included.
Today is the day for a journey in time. With spectacular rock formations, abundant Indian dwellings, pictographs, petroglyphs…you’re floating one of the most colorful waterways of all the rivers. Sandy beaches and huge cottonwoods offer exquisite campsites. Camp at the river’s shore for another exciting evening! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
By now you’ll be through the rapids of Range Creek, Rattlesnake, and McPhersons… all having increased from size from the beginning to the end of the trip. Camp at river’s shore for yet another exciting evening! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
(Last Day if doing 4 Day): After a healthy breakfast, you’re off once again on the river. Short hikes to ancient Indians dwellings that range from a five minute walk to half an hour break up your days’ events. Camp at river’s shore for one more exciting evening! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
(Last Day if doing 5 Day): For your last day, enjoy additional hiking and a day on the river! Breakfast and lunch included. At the end of the trip you will be transported back to Moab.