Green River Kayak Trip: Pure Serenity

After almost eight months of planning, my kayak trip down the Green River in Utah finally came to fruition. This was my first true “river trip” and I was lucky enough to enjoy it with a really good friend who knew his way around this river.

The 55 mile trip took us down the Green River thru the Stillwater Canyon which lies deep in the depths of Canyonlands National Park.  We began the 3 night 4 day adventure at the Mineral Bottom put in just outside of Moab, UT and  pulled out just past the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. The picture’s posted can not even begin to do justice to the scenery that met us at nearly every bend in the river.

Every night we camped under the stars on some of the softest sand I have ever felt. There is something very serene about falling asleep outside under the stars next to rocks and a flowing river that are millions of years old, I felt very insignificant in the cradle of a such a beautiful place.This trip was one of the most magnificent I have had the pleasure of taking.

Utah Windfarm Enroute To Green River

Utah Windfarm Enroute To Green River

Freeskier41 Launching @ Mineral Bottom

Freeskier41 Launching @ Mineral Bottom

Camping on the Green River Night One

Camping on the Green River Night One

Paddling Day Two

Paddling Day Two

Sunset on the Green River

Sunset on the Green River

Taking a break after 40 miles of paddling

Taking a break after 40 miles of paddling

Headed Towards The Confluence

Headed To The Confluence

Another Early Morning On The River

Another Early Morning On The River

Green River in Canyonlands

Green River in Canyonlands

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~ by pcpowderhound on August 4, 2009.

3 Responses to “Green River Kayak Trip: Pure Serenity”

  1. The water looks really calm and slow moving. Was that your experience? I’m planning to paddle the Ruby-Horsethief Canyon area west of Fruita, Colorado in the near future. I’ve paddled lakes in Colorado and rivers in Tennessee and in the Puget Sound, but no rivers in Colorado or Utah. Your photos make me want to go a little further west next year. Very nice! What types of regulations do they have there?

  2. Your words and pictures DO do this trip justice in my opinion. So beautiful! You’re so lucky to live in a place like that year-round. I loved it out there and can’t wait to come back and ski on fresh, soft powder. We will definitely get together then.

  3. The water was definitely smooth and slow moving! We did a slow paddle and made 55 miles in 3 days. The scenery is just incredible, which made up for slow water. As far as restrictions go, your floating through the remotest part of Canyonlands NP, no dogs no bottles ect, but we only saw 3 people in 3 days and no Ranger.

    We’ve used the same outfit in Moab for several years, Tag-A -Long, drop car in their parking lot, they haul our own boats and gear to the river, then picked us up in a jet boat to get back to Moab. 150.00 bucks a head, but well worth it as there is no car access at the end;)

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