Great Rafting Conditions in Utah

Utah’s rafting conditions promise more exciting rapids By: Beatrice Baisa
Rafting on Utah’s Green River is predicted to offer the best possible conditions this summer. // © 2011 Western River Expeditions
Rafting on Utah’s Green River is predicted to offer the best possible conditions this summer. // © 2011 Western River Expeditions

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This summer promises to be one of the top 10 best high-water years on record for the Colorado River System in Utah, reported Brian Merrill, CEO of Western River Expeditions, an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Ariz.

“It’s possibly the best water year ever on Utah’s Green River in our half century of river running,” Merrill said.

Merrill anticipated that high water would continue through late July this year; ordinarily, it tapers off at the end of June. He explained that two benefits of faster, higher water are bigger and more exciting rapids and faster journeys down river, which allow for more time to hike and explore the nearby canyons.

“Desolation Canyon on the Green River, thanks to snowpack, will be spectacular,” said Merrill. “It’s still a more moderate river as compared to the Colorado River, but a great number of the rapids become a solid Class III, and it is incredibly fun. It is rarer for the Green River to get big, so this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Rafting trips offered by Western River Expeditions range from one to seven days. The four-day Green River Rafting trip, departing roundtrip from Moab, begins at $1,295 for adults and $950 for kids ages 5 to 15. 

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