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Whitewater That Takes You In Deep

There are only a handful of extended night white water river trips in the US. These trips allow you to truly get away from the day-to-day and experience the contrasting excitement and serenity of a river canyon. Because these trips limit the numbers of floaters to preserve the resource and the experience, it takes extra effort to meander through the permit process if you are planning a do-it-yourself vacation. The services of licensed outfitters and guides are also available on all of these rivers.

Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Idaho
Middle Fork of the Salmon

The Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of the nation’s originally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. You can spend up to eight days exploring this incredible whitewater river in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. If you want to combine whitewater and wilderness into one trip, this is the one!


Hells Canyon Snake River
Idaho and Oregon
Hells Canyon Snake River

The Hells Canyon section of the Snake River is a whitewater trip made for historians. This river is loaded with not only whitewater adventure but a wonderful bounty of sites sure to impress even the most well-versed historian. Remains of the early American West can be found around every bend!


Selway River
Montana and Idaho
Selway River


Possibly the most challenging and secluded river in the lower forty eight, the Selway River presents wilderness solitude at its finest. This river program allows for only one launch per day, allowing you to touch the edge of nature on its own terms.





Yampa River
Colorado and Utah
Yampa River

The desert edge meets the colorful beauty of the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument, allowing visitors to understand how water can suddenly change a landscape with its presence. A Boating and Rafting Permit on the Yampa will also take your hiking skills to heights and scenic vistas you never imagined.



Desolation Gray Section of the Green River
Utah
Desolation

The Desolation Gray or “Deso/Gray” Section of the Green River meanders its way through the high desert of Utah and offers an introduction to beginners to the world of multi-night whitewater rafting. The rapids here, while not so big, will give you the experience you need to take on other rivers and do it with a spectacular river canyon view.




Rogue River
Oregon
Rogue River


One of Oregon’s finest multi-night whitewater river experiences will take you all the way to the ocean. The Rogue National Wild and Scenic River in Oregon combines big time whitewater with unforgettable wildlife and camping along the river corridor in the Pacific Northwest climate.




Rio Grande, Taos Box Section
New Mexico
Rio Grande

The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River flows out of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado and journeys 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. It passes through 800-foot chasms of the Rio Grande Gorge, a wild and remote area of northern New Mexico. The canyon provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, luring fishermen, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts. In 1968, the Rio Grande was among the first of eight rivers Congress designated National Wild and Scenic to protect outstanding resource values. The Wild Rivers Area of the Rio Grande Gorge flows through the Rio Grande Gorge Recreation Area, which includes the Red River and the Orilla Verde Area. The Rio Grande Gorge Recreation Area website offers a complete Visitor Guide.


Colorado River, Grand Canyon Section
Arizona
Colorado

The history, the vistas and the length of time one can spend on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, make this river a lifetime must do. In the shoulder seasons one can spend up to 21 days floating, hiking and exploring a part of the world that America calls its own. This adventure is worth the wait of a permit. Find out how to make it happen!


Bruneau/Jarbridge River
Idaho
Jarbridge

The Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness is located on the high basalt plateaus of Owyhee County in southwestern Idaho in the western United States. The wilderness area is named after and protects much of the Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers and their canyons. Whitewater rafting is a popular recreational activity in this wilderness area, which has rivers up to Class V. About 40 miles of the Bruneau River and about 28.8 miles of the Jarbidge River are classified as a wild river. Steep and deep canyons define this very special trip.


Salt River
Arizona
Salt River

The Upper Salt River in Arizona is an exciting spring run for those who have honed their boating skills. The river flows through some of the roughest country in Arizona but is also steeped in Native American history and spirit. If you can “go with the flow” in the spring, this river should be on your list.