Located deep within the Tavaputs Plateau, Desolation Canyon is one of the most remote wilderness areas in Utah.Book Now
Steep canyon walls with towering spires and abundant arches are spread throughout the region. Large beaches with giant cottonwood trees provide great campsites. Mild stretches of water offer many opportunities to swim and relax on the water.
A perfect canyon for inflatable kayaking with many rapids to enjoy. Explore the side canyons while hiking to ruins, historical sites and scenic overlooks.
Bears, deer, desert bighorn sheep, great blue herons, and one of the last bands of wild horses live along the river corridor.
There is much history in Desolation Canyon. The Fremont Indians inhabited the area and lived off the land.
Cool water on a warm day
View ancient ruins left behind by the Fremont people that tell the tale of life in the canyon several centuries ago. Ranchers moved into the area before 1900 and transported everything in by horseback. Outbuildings still stand today shaded by apple trees while Rock Creek offers a great opportunity to cool off in the summer heat.
Outlaws frequented the Green River territory, often swapping horses with ranchers in the canyon. The rugged terrain offered a perfect hiding spot for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch who left their mark down the Green River. John Wesley Powell documented his expedition through the canyon in 1869. Powell and his crew named all the rapids on the river and many of the side canyons.
History buffs can follow the route of the John Wesley Powell expedition, who explored the Green River in 1869.
Powell left his imprint on the region by naming the "Split Mountain" and "Whirlpool Canyon" landmarks.
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The charter flight into the canyon offers spectacular views of the journey ahead. Due to weight limitations on the charter flight your baggage must weigh less than 25 pounds. If you would like to order beer or soft drinks, please call in advance. Our equipment vehicles will transport beverage orders to the launch site the day before the trip.
Because of its rich history and its unique cultural significance to the Ute people, Desolation Canyon has been designated as a national landmark. We appreciate and respect the importance of this beautiful region.
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