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
Yellowstone R. At Bridge Campgrnd
USGS 09292000
60 cfs 5.3 ft
Lake Fork River Bl Moon Lake Nr Mountain Home
USGS 09291000
6 cfs 1.0 ft
Green River At Green River
USGS 09315000
2,570 cfs 6.1 ft
Duchesne River Near Randlett
USGS 09302000
49 cfs 4.9 ft
Yellowstone River Near Altonah
USGS 09292500
88 cfs 1.0 ft
Ashley Creek Near Vernal
USGS 09266500
59 cfs 2.1 ft
Big Brush Creek Abv Red Fleet Res
USGS 09261700
15 cfs 0.3 ft
Duchesne River At Myton
USGS 09295000
66 cfs 2.9 ft
Duchesne R Ab Uinta R Near Randlett
USGS 09295100
48 cfs 2.9 ft
Price River At Woodside
USGS 09314500
99 cfs 8.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lakefork #3
SNOTEL 1116
1" 0"
Hickerson Park
SNOTEL 522
2" 0"
Hewinta
SNOTEL 521
1" 0"

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 1290.0cfs 32.5 Mi I
Desolation Canyon 2570.0cfs 85.0 Mi II to III