Desolation + Gray Canyons | Family Rafting Trip | Green River, UT

float trip river camping with dvorak expeditions


On our family adventures you can count on discovering that there is still the kid in all of us and the family will see the easy-going parent inside of you—you’ll want someone else to take the controls and organize, set up and manage all those details so you can have fun. Take the free time to enjoy the family and activities with custom tailored activities like fishing, stand up paddling, kayaking and more.

Follow the path of the likes of Butch Cassidy, the mysterious “D. Julien”, Flat-nose Curry and Major John Wesley Powell who called this canyon wilderness “a region of wildest desolation”. Today, Desolation and Gray Canyons remain one of the wildest desert wilderness places on the map, a place of Indian petroglyphs, abandoned homesteads, shadow-filled grottos and the Green River.

The Green River builds strength through more than 60 rapids, two newly formed in 1987. The progression of rapids, from unnamed riffles to the more challenging Three Fords, Steer Ridge, Coal Creek and Rattlesnake, make this a perfect place to learn the art and skills of river running. Most of our whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing seminars are held here.
Whether learning to boat yourself or just looking for an adventure in the Old West, a trip through the Green River Wilderness can be the answer for just about anyone, family fun for every age.  An ideal family trip.  

Note : Additional costs: Air shuttle from Grand Junction, CO or Green River, UT to the river launch site and sales tax, government use fees and pilot fee per person. *Camping gear is available to rent.

  • SPECIFIC DATES APPLY : May / June / August dates
  • MUST BE 5-12 years old
  • MAXIMUM 2 FREE per family – 1 child per parent/guardian
  • MINIMUM 45 Pounds

Want to book custom group trip? Call for dates and availability. 719-539-6851

Class II-III Rapids
Duration: 6 Days
84 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Minimum Age:  5

This is a KIDS GO FREE trip:

  • MUST BE 5-12 years old
  • MAXIMUM 2 FREE per family – 1 child per parent/guardian



The following are included in your Dvorak Expedition

  • All boating equipment/life jackets/drinking water
  • Pre-and post-trip arrangements as described
  • 5-6 days of rafting or instructional seminar
  • All on-river meals (lunch day 1 through lunch last day)
  • Rain jacket with pants (PVC)
  • Eating utensils, plates, complimentary Dvorak cup
  • Waterproof dry bags/containers for personal gear
  • 6-man rain tarps for shelter in kitchen area

You are responsible for the following

  • Transportation to the arranged meeting point or put-in
  • Meals and lodging at the arranged meeting point
  • Personal clothing and other sundry items
  • Transportation at the arranged drop off point.
  • Pre-and post-lodging and meals


We furnish rugged inflatable self-bailing rafts 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide all necessary river equipment, PFDs (Type V), waterproof dry bags for personal gear, first-aid and safety supplies. There is a guide on every raft and ratio of 1 to 4 on any instructional clinic. In addition, we have rental equipment that consists of tents, sleeping bags, pads, and ground sheets. We also have wetsuit and boot rentals available per day or trip. You can choose to be either in a paddle raft (participatory) or an oared raft, (passenger). Paddle rafts have 4 to 6 persons and 1 guide.


Please limit your gear to 30 pounds in weight. It should be able to be packed into standard duffel bag. This list should cover everything for a safe, comfortable trip.

  • Compact sleeping bag (not down) with Insolite pad
  • Small backpack style tent w/ fly & ground sheet
  • Long john style wetsuit/boots for cold months *
  • Long pants (one light weight to block the sun & one warm wool or pile/fleece type*)
  • Nylon shorts or swimsuit under wetsuit
  • Long sleeved shirts (one warm*/one light weight)
  • Non-cotton shirt or poly propylene top (fleece top)
  • Warm jacket*, wind proof or Fleece, water resistant
  • Pair of tennis shoes - tie on preferred or wet boots.
  • Wool socks will help keep feet warm in tennis shoes
  • Sunglasses with loss protector/keeper (with UV protection
  • Sun block (over 5,000' altitude - lots of UV exposure)
  • Hat for sun protection (tie-on)
  • Rain gear is provided unless you want to bring your own
  • Small towel / biodegradable soap/shampoo/lotion etc.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries with new bulb.
  • Bandanna and a pair of light gloves for sun protection.
  • Personal items kit (hygiene) medicines etc.
  • Waterproof camera or a very good waterproof case.
  • EXTRA BEVERAGES - PLASTIC containers of liquor, CANNED beer wine coolers. An adequate supply of soft drinks is provided. If you prefer diet drinks, please request them in advance. Wine is provided with evening meals.
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS: Field glasses, protection, Journal notebook, book, pliers (for use in taking things from fire i.e. coffee, hot water, etc.), Day pack for side hikes and extra Zip Lock Bags.


  • $15 Lightweight Sleeping Bag with Ensolite pad
  • $25 Three-man dome tent with floor & ground sheet one night, $50 two nights
  • $ 10 Thermarest Sleep pad, inflatable
  • $20 Long John Wetsuit with booties
  • $50 Waders and boots for 3 days

Note: These items need to be reserved and payment is due along with your trip balance 45 days prior to departure. Be sure to give your height, weight, and shoe size for wetsuit rentals.


Please read our cancellation policy carefully, as it applies in every instance. If YOU must cancel your reservation, you may be eligible for a partial refund. Our cancellation policy is firm. We operate under stringent federal regulations, which restrict the number of guests per trip and the number of trips per season. We incur substantial expenses before each trip departs. In the event of late cancellation, Dvorak Expeditions cannot recover costs, nor can we make refunds.


A minimum advance deposit 25% of trip cost per person is required when making reservations. The total is due 45 days prior to trip. Contract deposit negotiations on groups. When cancellations are made more than 45 days before the trip - all moneys are refunded LESS a $100 per person fee. If cancellation is made less than 45 days before the trip, the deposit of 25% per person is non-refundable. With less than 14 days’ notice, NO monies are refunded (this includes all credit card charges).


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