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A hiker stands high above the Green River and takes in the view of Desolation Canyon in Utah.

Desolation Canyon Hiker – 6 Days

Discover the beauty of Desolation Canyon on this combination Green River rafting and Utah hiking adventure with OARS




September 14, 2024 - September 19, 2024



Come explore a wild and untamed region of Utah’s backcountry on this exclusive hiking-focused Green River rafting trip through Desolation Canyon. If you’re an active adventurer, this is an experience not to be missed.

About This Trip

There’s no shortage of incredible sites and trails hidden along the 83-mile stretch of the Green River that flows through the heart of Desolation and Gray Canyons. Our Desolation Canyon Hiker combines moments of tranquil floating and fun Class III whitewater with ample opportunities to hop off the rafts and explore this desert wonderland by foot. Flat Canyon petroglyphs, Rock Creek Ranch, Three Canyon abandoned meander, and Wire Fence Canyon are just some of the amazing hikes you may get to experience. Wildlife is bountiful in these remote canyons, and you’ll get the chance to see fossils, 1800s homesteads, and visit Fremont-era cultural sites as you make your way downstream. As you raft from Desolation Canyon to Gray Canyon, you’ll witness a remarkable environmental transition from an alpine zone to true Wild West desert. With an abundance of jaw-dropping scenery and geological wonders to marvel at, your days on the Desolation Canyon Hiker will astonish and delight.

You’ll pull over at a pristine and picturesque beach each day to make camp. While you set up your tent and settle in for the evening, your guides will get to work on a delicious appetizer, sure to hit the spot after a full day of active fun. They will then start whipping up a meal guaranteed to please any hungry hiker while you hang out in the chair circle and chat with your fellow rafters or perhaps join in on a lively game of bocce ball on the beach. There may even be an opportunity to take another hike to continue deepening your understanding and connection to the canyon. Come nightfall, Desolation Canyon lives up to its name as a stunning starry sky gives pause to contemplate how truly far away from civilization you are. As the constellations dance above you and the river sings softly, you’ll drift into a peaceful slumber and awaken ready for another day of exploration.


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