The Green River Utah, which flows from the beautiful Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in the north to scenic Canyonlands National Park in the south, is famous for its adrenaline-pumping Utah rafting trips. Rafters typically gear up for exciting rafting trips almost anytime between April and October, but advanced rafters will want to opt for a Green River rafting trip during mid-May or June, when the waters are at their roughest. Along the way, you can stop to see the beautiful scenery in Moab and Flaming Gorge, both of which are popular for their Native American historic sites and artwork, as well as the great hiking, climbing, and other wilderness activities in the area.
The river rafting trips offered by the Green River Utah are suitable for rafters of almost any skill level, meaning you don’t need to be tremendously experienced to traverse the river. The rapids here generally range from Class II to Class IV. Most outfitters and rafting companies provide multi-day rafting packages to some of the best canyons, including the Lodore Canyon, which is particularly known for its beauty. With Class II to Class IV rapids, the canyon offers an awesome rafting experience to both newer and intermediate rafters.
Those who prefer slower waters will love the Stillwater and Labyrinth canyons, which are located along the southern part of the Green River, while advanced rafters often choose a multi-day trip to Cataract Canyon, which is just after the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers and is famous for its Class IV and Class V rapids.
Families looking for single-day trips will find the Split Mountain and the Green River Daily sections to be a great choice. The Split Mountain section is a great spot to take your kids as it is located close to Dinosaur National Monument, near the Colorado and Utah borders, at the confluence of the Yampa and Green rivers. Dinosaur National Monument boasts a variety of fossils, including Abydosaurus and long-necked Sauropods. Green River Daily is also a great river rafting section for beginners. Most families prefer a day's trip to this section of the river. One can find around seven calm rapids ranging from Class I and Class II. The best time to raft this section is during the months of April and October.
Another great Green River rafting spot for youth groups and families is the Desolation Canyon, which is situated in Tapauts Plateau's gorge, a deep and remote ravine. Desolation Canyon's 84-mile river water is quite calm and is categorized as Class I and Class II rapids. This rafting section is excellent for history buffs and features prehistoric Native Indian artwork. Rafters will also get to see abandoned homes and villages of ancient Indians. There are also plenty of hiking opportunities along the surrounding white-sand beaches and through the beautiful red rock canyons. The best time to raft this section of Green River Utah is from April through October. However, you can opt for peak times, which generally run from mid-May to late June, if you don’t mind the crowds.
Adventure-seekers planning for multi-day Green River rafting trips will find various recreational and sight-seeing opportunities besides the thrilling rapids. Hiking and viewing various historical sites, scenic wildlife (such as river otters, mule deer, and bighorn sheep), and the ancient rocks and artwork are all popular outdoor activities. You can also spend time exploring the scenic towns of Moab and Vernal, or head to the unforgettable Arches National Park.
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