A Guide to the Many Faces of Utah's Green River
Coursing from its headwaters in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, the mighty Green River descends into Utah, flows east to Colorado, and then returns back through Utah as it carves a path through a dramatic and varied landscape of mountains, canyons and desert for 730 miles. As Utah’s main waterway, the Green drops roughly 3,000 feet as it flows from its highest point at Flaming Gorge Reservoir to its lowest in the Uinta Basin. By the time the river reaches its terminus at the confluence with the Colorado River, it has covered more than 450 miles through Utah.
Whether you have a few hours or a few weeks, experience the diversity of this majestic river yourself by getting on the water. Uninterrupted stretches of calm flatwater at some parts and miles of heart-pumping rapids in others make the Green River perfect for exploring on a leisurely float or a whitewater adventure alike.
Exploring the Green River’s Exhilarating Whitewater
The Green River’s multiple sections of high-quality whitewater strike the perfect balance between excitement, exploration and scenery. Rapids ranging from class I up to class IV during high water make these stretches ideal for whitewater rafting or kayaking on single- or multi-day outings. Commercially guided trips are generally the most convenient way to experience these sections.
Split Mountain Gorge
A great trip for first-time rafters and families, this nine-mile section flows through Split Mountain Gorge in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, about three hours east of Salt Lake City. With a generous mix of mellow flatwater and fun rapids ranging up to class III, this stretch takes rafters on a journey through unique geologic formations, ancient petroglyphs and the former home of dinosaurs.