Retrace the Historic 1869 Powell Expedition on the Green and Colorado Rivers

Angels Camp, Calif.—OARS, the veteran adventure outfitter, is thrilled to announce a special anniversary trip that retraces a portion of John Wesley Powell’s historic first descent of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Colorado and Utah.

In 1869, Powell set out to explore the uncharted Green and Colorado Rivers from Green River Station, WY to the “impassable” Grand Canyon. Now, 150 years later, OARS is offering a limited number of guests the opportunity to relive this monumental expedition with a 466-mile, 28-day, fully-outfitted river trip by raft and dory from Flaming Gorge to Lake Powell, just upstream from the Grand Canyon.

Joining the expedition as a special guest speaker will be historian and author Dr. Michael P. Ghiglieri. One of OARS’ original river guides, Ghiglieri has run more than 680 river trips on 40 different stretches of river and he’s written several books, including First Through Grand Canyon—an evocative read that pieces together the secret journals and letters of the 1869 crew who first explored the rivers of the Colorado Plateau alongside Powell.

“OARS is the only commercial outfitter that can make this retrace a reality and having Dr. Ghiglieri join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is the icing on the cake,” said Steve Markle, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for OARS. “OARS founder, George Wendt, always dreamed of running our own retrace of the Powell Expedition and giving guests an opportunity to relive history — and maybe make some history of their own.”

Over 28 days, guests will travel through and celebrate history by floating tranquil sections of river interspersed with Class II-IV whitewater, hiking up side canyons, and exploring historic sites. The trip will allow guests to explore Dinosaur National Monument through the Gates of Lodore, view Fremont petroglyphs and the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers, hike to the abandoned ranch where Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch stayed, run 50+ Class II-III rapids in Desolation and Gray Canyons,  and travel through Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyon in Canyonlands amidst ancestral Pueblo ruins and seasonal waterfalls before reaching the notorious Big Drops of Cataract Canyon and the conclusion of the journey.

Launching in June of 2019, there are three trip options: a 13-day trip on the upper section from Flaming Gorge to Sand Wash, a 16-day trip on the lower section from Sand Wash to Hite Crossing, and the full 28-day trip from Flaming Gorge to Hite Crossing.

View the full itinerary and book online here: https://www.oars.com/adventures/j-w-powell-150th-anniversary-trip/.