Green River Canoe Trip in Utah
This is a spectacular paddle through Utah’s famous Canyonlands country!
This is a spectacular paddle through Utah’s famous Canyonlands country!
|October 13-23, 2024||$3,600|
Experience a remarkable journey as you paddle through the striking landscapes of the Southwest, exploring the mesmerizing flatwater river and high desert plains. Ideal in October, our Green River Utah trip offers warm days, cool nights, and fewer tourists, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this remote wilderness’s tranquility.
Join us as we cover 92 miles of river, starting from Ruby Ranch, navigating through the breathtaking Stillwater Canyon, and arriving at the confluence of the mighty Colorado River. From there, we’ll travel upstream, returning to Moab, Utah. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to hike in the majestic side canyons of the Canyonlands, uncovering hidden gems and spectacular vistas. Embark on this unforgettable adventure with Mahoosuc Guide Service and discover the remote beauty of Green River, Utah, that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
This trip includes an 8 a.m. pickup by Tex’s Riverways shuttle service and paddling lessons in paddle strokes and river travel. Tex’s Riverways is an experienced shuttle service and outfitter providing canoe rentals for groups traveling on the Colorado and Green Rivers.
More information about the river can be read online from our outfitter’s website.
Embark on a remarkable journey that traverses the Green River, meandering through beautiful canyon country and the silence of the wilderness. The river winds its way through the heart of the Anasazi, which means “ancient ones”. The area is rich in archeological artifacts including pictographs, petroglyphs, granaries, and other forms of rock art.
Starting Point: Ruby Ranch
Your Green River, Utah expedition commences at the picturesque Ruby Ranch on the riverbank. As you prepare to set off, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning backdrop of the high desert plains, setting the tone for the journey ahead.
Stillwater Canyon: Awe-Inspiring Beauty
As you paddle through Stillwater Canyon, you’ll be captivated by the towering canyon walls adorned with intriguing geological formations. The serene waters of the Green River provide a peaceful and meditative experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the surrounding natural beauty. With each river bend, you’ll uncover new, breathtaking vistas that will leave you in awe of the region’s diverse landscapes.
A Confluence of the Colorado River: Where Two Mighty Rivers Meet
The highlight of your journey arrives as you reach the confluence of the Green River and the Colorado River, where these two mighty waterways merge. This extraordinary location presents a unique opportunity to witness the union of two of the Southwest’s most iconic rivers, framed by a backdrop of dramatic red rock formations.
Upstream to Moab: A Scenic Finale
As you venture upstream on the Colorado River, you’ll be captivated by the striking contrasts between the tranquil waters and the rugged terrain. This final leg of the journey brings you closer to the vibrant adventure hub of Moab, Utah, marking the end of your Green River, Utah expedition. As you reflect on your adventure, you’ll carry memories of the enchanting landscapes and the profound sense of connection with nature that you experienced along the way.
From the serene beginnings at Ruby Ranch to the dramatic confluence with the Colorado River and the Green River this route offers an unparalleled experience of the Southwest’s remote and awe-inspiring beauty. Join Mahoosuc Guide Service as we expertly navigate this extraordinary journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The Green River canoe trip with Mahoosuc Guide Service offers plenty of opportunities for day hiking in the canyons along the way. Day hikes provide the best opportunity to discover the archeological evidence left behind by the Anasazi, dating back to around 900 A.D.
Stepping into the Canyonlands: A Journey Through Time
Embarking on a hiking adventure in the Canyonlands is like stepping back in time as you traverse ancient landscapes sculpted by the forces of nature over millions of years. The intricate network of canyons, mesas, and buttes will leave you in awe of their grandeur and the sheer power of the elements that shaped them. As you hike through these otherworldly landscapes, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the geologic history and unique ecosystem of the Southwest.
Exploring the Side Canyons: Hidden Oasis and Scenic Overlooks
The side canyons of the Canyonlands offer a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Venturing off the beaten path, you’ll encounter tranquil oases fed by crystal-clear springs and fascinating geological features, such as natural arches and rock formations.
As you ascend to scenic overlooks, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Green and Colorado Rivers and the vast, rugged expanse of the Canyonlands. Each hike presents new opportunities to uncover the secrets of this extraordinary region.
Wildlife Encounters: Connecting with Nature
Hiking in the Canyonlands is also an opportunity to connect with the diverse flora and fauna that call this region home. Keep an eye out for desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, and various bird species, including canyon wrens and peregrine falcons. As you traverse the arid landscape, you’ll marvel at the tenacity of the plants that thrive in this harsh environment, such as the iconic juniper, pinyon pine, and various species of cacti.
Hiking for All Skill Levels
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner seeking a gentle introduction to the wonders of the Canyonlands, our Green River canoe trip offers hiking opportunities suited to all skill levels. Our experienced guides will tailor the hikes to match the group’s abilities and preferences, ensuring everyone can enjoy this captivating landscape’s incredible beauty and serenity.
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Mahoosuc Guide Service can design custom Maine canoe trips for families, youth groups, clubs, or organizations from one to 10 days in length. We can also design trips to retrace any part of Henry David Thoreau’s route, including Webster Brook and East Branch of the Penobscot River. Contact us today to discuss your group’s interests, abilities, goals, and available dates.
All our Maine canoe trips are fully outfitted and guided by Mahoosuc Guide Service’s owners Polly or Kevin. We provide all the food, camping, paddling, and cooking equipment, as well as a detailed clothing list to help you in packing for your trip. Most of our trips meet in Orono, Maine (just north of Bangor). We provide transportation to and from the river. Many of our canoe trips require no special physical conditioning. If you have any concerns about the physical requirements of a trip, please contact us.
We are experienced teachers and will help you master the art of canoeing by teaching paddle strokes and poling techniques. You will learn how to set up a warm dry camp, and if you want, how to cook and bake over an open fire. All our food is natural or organic, and we source much of our food locally. Natural history, wildlife viewing, and fishing will be covered as your interests warrant.
You are in safe hands with Mahoosuc Guide Service. With more than 40 years guiding experience from Maine and Quebec to the Yukon Territory and Alaska, we have an excellent safety record. We are certified in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responders. We carry a satellite phone for emergency communication!
Fly to Grand Junction, Colorado – Arrive by 6 p.m.
Stay in Quality Inn on Horizon Drive.
Drive to Moab, Utah.
Hike in Arches National Park.
Stay in Adventure Inn Moab.
8 a.m. pickup by Tex’s Riverways shuttle service and put on the Green River Canoe at Ruby Ranch.
Lesson in paddle strokes and river travel.
Travel to first campsite.
Paddle and float the Green River with time for hiking and exploring side canyons
Pick up by Tex’s Riverways at 12 noon at confluence of Colorado River – jet boat back to Moab.
Drive to Grand Junction.
Stay at Quality Inn on Horizon Drive.
Deposits are non-refundable. No money is refundable from 0-14 days before the trip starts. Within 14-30 days before the journey begins, money is non-refundable. You may apply the amount to another trip for one year (on a space-available basis) minus your deposit. If you cancel within 14 days of the starting date, money is non-transferable and non-refundable. We go in all conditions, including rain and thaws. If extreme weather conditions prevent you from traveling to Maine for your trip, you may use the total amount less the deposit for another year from the starting date. You may purchase vacation insurance to cover this possibility. If you have to cancel due to Covid related issues, we cannot give a refund, but we will lock in the trip’s price and give a 2-year credit for any of our trips.
We only cancel a trip for safety reasons (i.e., flooding, bad ice, extreme windchill, or lack of conditions – not enough snow or ice.) We may need to cancel Canoe Trips due to safety issues such as extremely high or low river water. If we need to cancel, we try rescheduling people to another trip. If we need to compensate for safety or lack of conditions, you may use the total amount toward another Mahoosuc trip for two years or receive a 50% refund and apply the other half to a Mahoosuc trip for two years.
If you have any symptoms of Covid before your trip, please test yourself before arriving at Mahoosuc Guide Service and contact us to reschedule your trip.
Mushing can be physically demanding. We cannot predict trail conditions. You should be in good physical condition for an overnight dog sledding trip. The dogs are strong but limited in their pulling ability. Therefore, we ask individuals who weigh over 215 lbs.
Sometimes there are portages around falls for canoeing trips, and we must carry all our gear and canoes around them. The better shape you are in will make these carries easier for you.
Tips are appropriate for your guides. If you would like to recognize how hard they worked to provide a safe and reliable trip for you. A standard amount is 5% – 10% of your trip cost. At Mahoosuc, we split tips evenly among whoever works on the trip unless people want certain amounts to go directly to specific guides. In this case, they should give it to them individually.
There are many things to thank you for about this Allagash trip. Most important: for your vast knowledge of the Allagash and your skill at leading an expedition such as ours, for your unflappable manner, humor, and collaborative decision making spirit that helped us all have confidence, come beaver or low water, for your caring attitude towards the “regular” people of Maine. It was a wonderful trip!