Sand Wash (09/02/2002) Trips through the canyon often involve long spells at Sand Wash while you wait for the shuttle and the initial loading of the boats. The little shelter in the background provides some relief from bugs and sun.
Sand Wash (09/02/2002) Looking up canyon from Sand Wash. The Green was hitting historic lows (in the 650 CFS range) when we were loading the boats. The ranger said that Flaming Gorge released 900 CFS. The river loses a little bit of water between the dam and the canyon.
Rigging (09/02/2002) It appears to be getting dark as we begin rigging the boats.
Day Two (09/02/2002) The first two days of the trip bring you through flat water on the high desert plains. The water was about 80 degrees. Excellent swimming weather.
This is a set of pictures that I took while floating Desolation Canyon in late August 2002. The pictures are ordered from the top of the river to the bottom. There is well over a hundred pictures in this set. I present them in blocks of twenty.
We had three boats...a 16' raft and a 10' raft. I was in an Inflatable Kayak. We saw a great variety of wildlife along the shores including bears, wild horses, bighorn sheep, blue herons and the every illusive "feral cow."
(53 pictures) Desolation Canyon is on the Green River in Eastern Utah. The caynon is in one of the largest sections of the United States not bisected by a road.
(1 pictures) The Green River is one of the major water ways in the Western US. Its headwaters are in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. It flows through Flaming Gorge Reservoir and cuts through Colorado and Utah before reaching the Colorado River.
(51 pictures) The take out from Desolation Canyon is about 10 miles north of the East Exit for I70 in Green River, Utah. (About 50 miles north of Moab.
(96 pictures) The Green River eventually flows into the Colorado River south of Desolation Canyon.