Green - 5- Green River Town to Colorado Confluence (Labyrinth and Stillwater)

Green, Utah, US


5- Green River Town to Colorado Confluence (Labyrinth and Stillwater) (Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons)

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 120 Miles
Avg. Gradient 2 fpm

Canoe on Labyrinth Canyon

Canoe on Labyrinth Canyon
Photo of Omar Jepperson and Laurel Hansen by Thomas O'Keefe taken 04/17/11 @ 8000 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-09315000 1000 - 20000 cfs I 00h31m 10100 cfs (running)

River Description

This run includes two sections, Labyrinth Canyon where the river predominately flows through BLM lands and Stillwater Canyon where the river flows through Canyonlands National Park. A rough road into Mineral Bottom provides intermediate access between these two segments. Groups can plan on covering 15 to 20 miles per day during high water or 10 to 15 miles per day during low water, depending on the amount of time spent hiking or how much you paddle. A trip through Labyrinth Canyon on the lower Green River can be enjoyed almost any time of the year, except in winter when there is ice on the river. The standard season is between Easter and Labor Day.

This is an easy flatwater run suitable for canoes, kayaks, and rafts of all types but the river runners must be prepared with backcountry skills as this is a wilderness trip. There are no designated campsites and during periods of high water, camps can be difficult to find, especially for large groups. During late summer and fall, sandbars are usually plentiful and make ideal camps.

Labyrinth Canyon (68 miles, with 45 mile option)

Labyrinth Canyon was named by John Wesley Powell during his 1869 expedition for its meandering course. The canyon is a geologic wonderland with canyon walls composed of layered sandstone. The first 23 miles are mostly private lands followed by lands managed by U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Utah State Division of Lands and Forestry. These two agencies have adopted one set of regulations for river recreation and have joint enforcement responsibility. The Price BLM Office is the official public contact point for Labyrinth Canyon information and the distributor for required permits. An unimproved road provides access at Mineral Bottom that can be used as a take-out for this run or you can continue on downstream through Stillwater Canyon.

Stillwater Canyon (52 miles)

The trip through Stillwater Canyon takes you through Canyonlands National Park and a permit from the National Park Service is required. Amazing rock formations and scenery on a grand scale along with ruins and rock art sites provide plenty of opportunities for exploration. The river provides access into the Doll House and the Maze.

Since there is no road access at the end of this run you have three options once you reach the confluence with the Colorado River: 1) arrange for a jet boat shuttle back upstream the Colorado River to Moab, 2) bring your own motor to make the upstream journey, or 3) obtain a permit in advance and continue the journey downstream through the challenging whitewater of Cataract Canyon.

Permit Information

A permit is required for all overnight flat water trips in Canyonlands and can be acquired no more than four months, and no less than two days prior to launch. The BLM manages permits upstream of the Park boundary.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-01-04 00:24:05

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
23.0Ruby RanchN/AAccess Photo
68.0Mineral BottomN/AAccess Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Ruby Ranch (Class N/A, Mile 23.0)

Ruby Ranch Access

Ruby Ranch Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe taken 04/17/11 @ 8000 cfs

A privately managed access point.

Mineral Bottom (Class N/A, Mile 68.0)

Mineral Bottom Access

Mineral Bottom Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe taken 04/17/11 @ 8000 cfs

Access point serving as a take-out for Labyrinth Canyon and a put-in for Stillwater Canyon.

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