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
Duchesne River At Myton
USGS 09295000
36 cfs 2.6 ft
Lake Fork River Bl Moon Lake Nr Mountain Home
USGS 09291000
5 cfs 1.0 ft
Green River At Green River
USGS 09315000
2,020 cfs 5.9 ft
Lake Fork River Ab Moon Lake
USGS 09289500
31 cfs 2.0 ft
Uinta River Blw Powerplant Diversion Nr Neola
USGS 09296800
39 cfs 5.0 ft
Yellowstone River Near Altonah
USGS 09292500
53 cfs 0.6 ft
Duchesne River Near Randlett
USGS 09302000
49 cfs 4.9 ft
Ashley Creek Near Vernal
USGS 09266500
18 cfs 1.7 ft
Ashley Cr Abv Sp Nr Vernal Ut
USGS 09265500
4 cfs 3.9 ft
Uinta River At Randlett
USGS 09301500
6 cfs 3.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mosby Mtn.
SNOTEL 643
20" -1"
Five Points Lake
SNOTEL 481
33" -2"
King'S Cabin
SNOTEL 559
13" -2"
Lakefork #1
SNOTEL 566
21" -1"
Chepeta
SNOTEL 396
29" -2"
Hickerson Park
SNOTEL 522
25" -1"
Trout Creek
SNOTEL 833
16" -2"
Lasal Mountain-Lower
SNOTEL 1215
1" -2"
Hole-In-Rock
SNOTEL 528
24" -1"
Lakefork #3
SNOTEL 1116
2" -2"
Steel Creek Park
SNOTEL 790
40" -1"
East Willow Creek
SNOTEL 461
15" -1"
Ef Blacks Fork Gs
SNOTEL 1163
31" -1"

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 2020.0cfs 85.0 Mi II to III