Desolation Canyon


Desolation Canyon on the Green River is one of the best multi-day river trips in the Western US. No it doesn't have the biggest and baddest rapids but it does contain some of the best river campsites and beaches. Plus there are plenty of Class II to III rapids to keep everyone on the trip entertained.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Green River are between a bare minimum of 1,000cfs and a high of 22,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 09315000, the Green River At Green River Remember only watercraft are permitted at Desolation Canyon.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Steer Ridge
Class II to III
Joe Hutch
Class II to III
Coal Creek
Class II to III
Wire Fence
Class II to III
Three Fords
Class II to III
Jack Creek Rapid
Class II to III-
Rock House Rapid
Class II
Little Rock House Riffle
Class II
Big Canyon Rapid
Class II
Firewater Rapid
Class II
Cedar RIdge Rapid
Class II
Flat Canyon Rapid
Class II
Dripping Springs Rapid
Class II
Fretwater Falls Rapid
Class II to III-
WIld Horse Rapid
Class II
Lower Wild Horse Rapid
Class II+ to III-
Rapid
Class II to III-
Steer Ridge Rapid
Class III- to III
Surprise Rapid
Class II
Log Cabin Rapid
Class II
Rock Creek Rapid
Class II
Calf Canyon Rapid
Class II
Snap Canyon Rapid
Class II to III-
Three Canyon Rapid
Class II
Belknap Falls
Class III
Chandler Falls Rapid
Class II+ to III
Trail Canyon Rapid
Class II
Bull Canyon Rapid
Class II
Moonwater Rapid
Class II
Red Point Rapid
Class II to III-
Joe Hutch Creek Rapid
Class II+ to III-
Florence Creek Rapid
Class II
Range Creek Rapid
Class II+
Rabbit Valley Rapid
Class II
Curry Rapid
Class II
Saleratus Rapid
Class II
Poverty Rapid
Class II
Rattlesnake Rapid
Class II to II+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Green River At Green River
USGS 09315000
9,450 cfs 8.7 ft
Duchesne R Ab Uinta R Near Randlett
USGS 09295100
36 cfs 2.8 ft
Ashley Cr Abv Sp Nr Vernal Ut
USGS 09265500
4 cfs 3.9 ft
Lake Fork River Bl Moon Lake Nr Mountain Home
USGS 09291000
320 cfs 2.3 ft
Yellowstone R. At Bridge Campgrnd
USGS 09292000
420 cfs 6.9 ft
Whiterocks River Near Whiterocks
USGS 09299500
358 cfs 3.0 ft
Big Brush Creek Abv Red Fleet Res
USGS 09261700
117 cfs 1.0 ft
Lake Fork River Ab Moon Lake
USGS 09289500
513 cfs 3.8 ft
Duchesne River Near Randlett
USGS 09302000
47 cfs 4.9 ft
Uinta River At Randlett
USGS 09301500
12 cfs 3.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Ouray to Sand Wash 888.0cfs 32.5 Mi I
Desolation Canyon 2600.0cfs 85.0 Mi II to III