Desolation Canyon
Musical Raft Trip

Desolation Canyon
Musical Raft Trip


Jun 13 - 17 2023


Note: June 13 evening orientation only; June 14 departure
All of the day




Desolation Canyon
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  • Artists & Program
  • Important Details

Explore Desolation Canyon, the only river canyon registered as a National Historic Landmark, with river historian and naturalist John Weisheit, outfitted by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions.

Four master musicians join the adventure and perform daily concerts (click the Artists & Program tab above for more information).

National Geographic says “there is nothing at all desolate about this canyon—it is instead a paradise.”

Together, we’ll traverse 84 miles of the Green River, including 50 named rapids (Class I-III), and experience the largest Wilderness Study Area and one of the most remote areas in the lower United States—an area virtually unchanged since explored by John Wesley Powell in 1869.

Our trip starts with a scenic flight to the boat launch. As we make our way back to Moab, we’ll visit incredible rock art, fossils, ancient ruins, cowboy artifacts and natural features. Our expert guides set up camp and cook scrumptious meals in comfortable riverside sites.

Deeper than the Grand Canyon in parts, Desolation Canyon should be on every adventurer’s bucket list!

We hope you’ll join us.

Artists & Program



  • Kristin Lee, violin
  • Mark Votapek, cello
  • Nathan Royal, guitar/vocals
  • Kale Stiles, clarinet
Selections to be announced on the river.

These four master musicians will play a broad range of music every day and evening. Music from the classical repertoire for violin and cello (Kristin Lee, violin; Mark Votapek, cello) as well as the hot and fast music of Django Reinhardt, and American Songbook favorites played by guitarist/banjoist Nathan Royal and clarinetist Kale Stiles. Cocktail concerts preceding dinner and occasional floating concerts help keep the boating adventurers buoyant on this four day, high water experience.

Important Details

Event location: Desolation Canyon and the Green River 

Link to map

Orientation: Tuesday, June 13, 5:00 pm, at SGRE

Departure: Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 am, from SGRE

Scenic flight to the boat put-in.

End time may vary.

Ages 16+

Participants should be strong swimmers and in general good health, possess a moderate level of physical strength and agility, and be comfortable in the outdoors. No previous experience necessary.

No pets allowed

Link to Accessibility Page

River Outfitter: Sheri Griffith River Expeditions (official concessionaire of Canyonlands National Park)

All concerts, parking, shuttle to and from the river, waterproof bags and safety gear are included. High quality, clean tents, sleeping bags and pads are provided. We will email a packing list to you.

All meals, snacks, water, beverages, beer and wine are included.
Non-refundable ticket: $2,950

After we process your payment, your ticket is not refundable. Please call us at 435-259-7003 to discuss your trip before you purchase tickets. We can answer your questions and help you decide if this trip is right for you.

$500 is tax deductible

Proceeds benefit our education and community engagement programs

Program, artists, and locations are subject to change without notice


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