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Green River, Utah, Great Place for Outdoor Adventures

The Green River area of Utah might not be the first city you think of in Utah, but it should be on your list if you decide to take a Utah adventure.

Green River is full of history, and according to, it was frequently visited by Butch Cassidy and his crew. It was a convenient location because the Green River allowed them to transverse the water to Desolation and Gray canyons. They also were guaranteed food as it was a primary growing area for various melons.

Close to Five National Parks and Riverways

Visitors to the Green River area are near some of Utah’s top national parks. It is a great base camp for those planning on visiting the national parks. The area boasts destinations such as The Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Park. Green River is located between Arches and Capital Reef National Park.

The area is also home to numerous waterways, making it the perfect place for river rafting throughout the area. The Green River runs from the Flamingo Gore recreational area to the Dinosaur Monument. While the area has some rough and remote areas, it is great for white water rafting and other recreational activities like kayaking, canoeing, or relaxing with great water views.

Other Things to Do in the Green River Area

If you aren’t into hiking and white water rafters, there are still many things to do in the Green River area. Here are some of the top options.

  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the Green River. From this vantage point, you can see the banks of the Green River and great views of the lush greenery surrounding it.
  • Explore the Slot Canyons of the San Rafael Swell. These canyons have been etched into the landscape by the swift water of the Green River. They are carved from sandstone and filled with curves and twists; they are definitely for thrill seekers.
  • The John Wesley Powell Museum. History lovers will enjoy touring the museum, which chronicles the life of the Civil Water veteran as well as his voyage along the Colorado River in 1869. The museum can see local historical artifacts like tools, books, and clothing.
  • While many enjoy rigorous white water rafting, many enjoy a relaxing float trip along the Green River. A calming float offers many beautiful, scenic points to enjoy. This relaxing adventure is open from May through September.
  • Take a hike at Swasey’s Leap State Park. This area provides numerous trails from moderate to difficult, making it perfect for any type of outdoor enthusiast.
  • Gray Bird Refuge. This is a relaxing area for those who enjoy bird watching as the area attracts a variety of different bird species as well as other wildlife. The refuge is open all year long and is popular with those who enjoy camping, hiking, and picnicking.
  • Plan on fishing. Many great waterways are perfect for fishing, including the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. It is a picturesque area with views of the red rocks and deep blue waters. There are numerous types of fish in the area, but it is popular for trout fishermen as there are both brown and rainbow trout and salmon in the waters. The area has bait shops, but they do not allow motorized vehicles, so all boats must be self-powered.

Great Places to Stay

The area also offers a wide range of great places to stay with wonderful amenities that will make any traveler happy to return to their Inn at the end of the day. Cabins, AirBnBs, and wonderful hotels like First Choice Inns At The Swell are all around.

If planning your summer vacation, you should consider a trip to the Green River area of Utah.