Soak up Utah’s incredible red rock scenery from the vantage point of a raft on this family-friendly Flaming Gorge Green River rafting day trip.
Flaming Gorge on the border of Wyoming and Utah is known for its stunning red rock scenery, world-class trout fishing, and abundant outdoor activities, but no visit to the region is complete without a Green River rafting trip. Just below Flaming Gorge Dam, the crystal-clear waters of the Green offer paddlers a popular 7-mile stretch of splashy Class II rapids, interspersed with calm sections perfect for swimming, watching for wildlife, and gazing at the dramatic geology and unique landscape the region has to offer. It’s a laid-back adventure that’s ideal for families, or any traveler, looking for the perfect addition to their Flaming Gorge vacation.
What to Expect
Itinerary & Map
Itinerary at a Glance
We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Every Flaming Gorge Green River rafting trip is different depending upon the group, other trips on the water, camp locations, and sometimes the weather. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like:
The Day of Your Trip
Meeting Time & Place
Approximately 3 – 5 PM to Vernal
Dates & Prices
|2023 Departures||Adult Price||Youth Price|
|June – August (by group request)||$139||$129|
Full payment is required at the time of booking.
The Need-to-Know Info
Included in Your Trip Cost
Not Included in Your Trip Cost
- Transportation to and from Vernal
- Pre- and post-trip accommodations and meals
- Insurance of any kind, including a travel protection plan
- Items of a personal nature (see suggested packing list)
The number and variety of boats on an OARS trip will vary based on water levels, the number of participants, and other factors we take into account when planning your adventure. We don’t assign boats, nor can we guarantee exactly which crafts we bring, but trust us to provide you with the best possible mix for you and others on your trip.
If you are a group of 1 to 5 people you should expect to have other rafters in the same boat with you. Groups of 6 to 8 will most likely be in one raft, but there may be instances where we have to split into one raft plus a group of 2 or 3 that would share a raft with another small group.
Learn more about the OARS Fleet and the boats that may be a part of your experience: Paddle raft, Oar raft (may be available upon request)
Come lunchtime, we’ll pull over to a beach for a delicious picnic. Your guides will lay out an abundant spread, perhaps chicken caesar wraps or a tasty taco salad for roll-your-own burritos. Lunch is always accompanied by fruit, cookies, cold water, and lemonade.
Please let us know if you have any dietary needs that we’ll need to consider in planning your trip. More info about Meals & Dietary Restrictions can be found on our Trip Resources page.
Average Air & Water Temperatures
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Water Levels & Temperature
The Green River’s headwaters lie in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, and its stream is repeatedly blocked and diverted, most significantly by the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Thus, its flow is determined by reservoir releases. The Green also will spike in the spring and early summer as the controlling agency at Flaming Gorge Dam releases water to make room for inflow. Peak releases from Flaming Gorge on the Green usually occur between mid-May and mid-June but can vary widely from early May and into July. Water temperatures are coldest during the high water period and rain gear and warm synthetic clothing will be required. In reality, the water is quite cold even in the summer, but lower flows and warmer air temperatures mitigate the risk of hypothermia.
This section of the Green River offers splashy Class II rapids, interspersed with calm sections. Despite these slower stretches, the whitewater is consistent on the Green. You’ll challenge minor rapids plus dozens of smaller waves and riffles. The Green River through Flaming Gorge is ideal for first-time rafters and children as young as four years, but it is not short on excitement for the whole family.
Before booking your trip with OARS, there are a few important considerations we’d like you to know about.
Reservations and Deposits
Full payment is required at the time of booking. Payments may be made by check, money order, or Visa/Mastercard (American Express and Discover incur a 3% processing fee). Prices are in US Dollars, and all payments must be made in US Dollars. Payment establishes your acceptance of our complete Terms and Conditions. Individual departures and trip capacity are strictly limited by the managing agency.
Canceling your trip will incur cancellation fees because OARS has absorbed costs on your behalf and will turn others away who would like to book the spaces we’re holding for you.
Cancellations and Refunds
Your payment is fully refundable for 48 hours after making a reservation when you reserve a trip 7 days or more before departure.
If you must cancel your reservation after the rescission period described above, your cancellation fee will be determined according to the schedule below. We regret we cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including foul weather, poor air quality, wildfire activity, acts of terrorism, civil unrest, or personal emergencies. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. For these reasons, we strongly urge you to consider purchasing a travel protection plan.
|Date of Cancellation||Cancellation Fee|
|30 or more days before your trip||$15/person|
|29 – 7 days before your trip||Payment can be transferred to another trip within the same year (or to a credit account for the following year) for $30/person transfer fee. No refund.|
|6 days or less before your trip||50% of the trip cost can be credited to another trip (within the same year). No refund.|
|Late arrivals or “no shows”||No refund or credit|
Please note that different deposit/cancellation policies may apply for charter groups. Refer to the group organizer’s confirmation email for details.
OARS reserves the right to cancel any trip due to insufficient registration or other factors that make the trip impractical to operate. In such instances, we will inform you at least 7 days before departure. Do not make nonrefundable travel arrangements unless you have spoken to your Adventure Consultant regarding the status of your trip.
If a trip must be canceled or postponed due to force majeure (factors outside the control of OARS), OARS will provide full credit for payments made toward future travel, or a refund less a 5% service fee plus any nonrefundable payments made on your behalf to 3rd-party suppliers. OARS will make good faith efforts to recover deposits made on your behalf to 3rd-party suppliers, however, we can’t guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made. OARS is not responsible for expenses incurred by participants in preparation for a canceled trip.
If you need to move your reservation to a different trip during the same year, or to a credit account for the following year, there is a $15/person fee up until 30 days prior to departure for a one-time transfer of your payment. If we are 29-7 days prior to your trip departure, there is a $30/person fee to transfer to another trip, within the same year only. Transfer requests made 6 days or less prior to departure, 50% of your trip cost can be credited to another trip, within the same year only. Transfer requests made the day of departure will be treated like a cancellation according to the schedule above.
O.A.R.S. Canyonlands, Inc. operates on the Green River through Flaming Gorge as a permitted outfitter of the Ashley National Forest
Ancestral Lands Acknowledgement
We respect and recognize that many of the river canyons on state and federal lands where we operate are the ancestral homes of indigenous communities. Where we operate on the Green River between Flaming Gorge Dam and Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, we acknowledge the territories of the Ute and Eastern Shoshone.
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