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Dellenbaugh Butte
Dellenbaugh Butte, Green River, Utah

The Green Riverin the US state of Utah is one of the most scenic and uncrowded rivers in the world. It's ideal for a relaxing float because it has no rapids, yet the flow is high in the months of May and June, so the paddling is easy. Launching at Crystal Geyser, a few miles below the town of Green River, makes for a 120 mile trip.

The first half of the trip is through BLM (Bureau of Land Management) jurisdiction, the second half, beginning at Mineral Bottom, is through Canyonlands National Park. Each requires a permit, both available from this BLM website. A licensed outfitter is required due to needing a haul-out at the end of the trip at Spanish Bottom. (the outfitter drops you off at the put-in, then meets you at Spanish Bottom on the appointed day to haul out your group via jet boat to Moab.)

Spanish Bottom is about 4 miles below the confluence of the Green and the Colorado rivers. It is the pick-up point because below here lies Cataract Canyon with its class IV/V rapids. Canoes and kayaks are not allowed beyond this point. There is no river access by road here because the river is within near vertical canyon walls 1100 feet (350 meters) high.

Expect to spend around eight days on this trip. It could certainly be done in less time but you would miss out on exploring the history at each bend of the river.


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