Hugging the interstate, Green River offers more utility than charm, but its cheap motels and uncrowded restaurants can be a relief if you're coming from Moab. It's also a useful base for boating the Green River or exploring parts of the San Rafael Swell.
The Colorado and Green Rivers were first explored in 1869 and 1871 by the legendary one-armed Civil War veteran, geologist and ethnologist John Wesley Powell. The town was settled in 1878, and now mainly relies on the limited tourism for income. Moab is 53 miles southeast.
If you're passing through on the third weekend in September, be sure to attend the Melon Days festival – this is, after all, the 'world's watermelon capital.'