River rafting and boating are popular activities in and around the San Rafael Swell. There are several possible rafting trips on the nearby Green River, including the Desolation Canyon river trip. These offer a mixture calm water and exciting rapids. Hiking and lounging are often parts of the experience. Guided river rafting trips are a popular way to go. There are multi day and single day options. The San Rafael River goes through the Swell and you can go through the bottom of the "Little Grand Canyon". Several of the state parks outside the Swell have reservoirs for boating. If you are doing a self guided trip to any of the areas, check with the BLM first to see about current river conditions and warnings.
Desolation Canyon River Trip
Desolation Canyon is on the Green River northeast of the San Rafael Swell. Multi day guided rafting
trips often start at Sand Wash and head south towards Green River. Steep canyon walls, sandy beaches
and exciting rapids await travelers. There are plenty of outfitters and guides for a Desolation Canyon
Self Guided BLM Info- http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/riverinf.html
Gray Canyon River Trip
A Gray Canyon trip is a great 1 day river experience on the Green River. It starts north of the town of Green River. If you are taking a guided river rafting trip on Gray Canyon, your day will most likely start in the town of Green River where you will go to the launch site via shuttle.
Labyrinth Canyon River Trip
This multi day trip on the Green River usually starts from Green River State Park and heads south to
take out at Mineral Bottom. This is a calm and quiet trip traveling past red sandstone and high canyon
walls. Labyrinth canyon is suitable for rafting, canoeing and kayaking. There are guided Labyrinth
Canyon rafting trips, as well as shuttle services if you are doing it on your own.
Self Guided BLM Info- http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/labyrinth.html
San Rafael River Trip
The San Rafael river runs right through the middle of the San Rafael Swell. A common trip consists of a put in at Fuller Bottom and take out just before the San Rafael Bridge. This is a full day trip. The trip will take you through the "Little Grand Canyon". You can see the river from The Wedge Overlook. A beautiful area. If you are doing a self guided trip, check with the BLM first to see about current river conditions and warnings.
Muddy Creek cuts through the San Rafael Swell. A trip here has to be timed right, so that there is enough water to float and there are no thunderstorms posing a flash flood danger. If you are doing a self guided trip, check with the BLM first to see about current river conditions and warnings.
Self Guided BLM Info
There are boating opportunities at some of the state parks in the area. Millsite and Huntington State Parks both have reservoirs and there is access to the Green River at Green River State Park.