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Green River

The city of Green River was once a stomping ground for Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, and, as you might expect from the name, is a haven for river runners who raft places such as Desolation and Gray Canyons. The climate makes for perfect melon growing, and Green River boasts some of the best melon in the world. Green River is the West, pure and simple — wide open, untapped, solitary, and mystical. The population is around 1,000 people, but this isn’t your average small community.
Green River is home to the John Wesley Powell Museum where you can see the historic boats used by adventurers before the onset of rubber rafts, and the town is within easy driving distance of three national parks (Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef). Goblin Valley State Park and the San Rafael Swell are other can’t-miss natural marvels nearby.

Where to Eat in Green River

No matter your personal brand of outdoor recreation, return from your adventures in Utah's red rock country for mouth-watering food at Ray’s Tavern, delicious river-side dining at Tamarisk Restaurant,  coffee at Green River Coffee Company, or Tacos La Pasadita, a friendly-roadside Mexican taquería in a food truck.

Green River Slideshow

  • Land Art

    Land Art

    The Ratio and Elements

  • Green River

    Green River

    Photo: Jay Dash

  • Desolation Canyon

    Desolation Canyon

    Photo: Ben Dodds

  • Desolation Canyon

    Desolation Canyon

    Photo: Ben Dodds

  • Red Cliffs in Green River

    Red Cliffs in Green River

    Photo: Jay Dash

  • Green River State Park

    Green River State Park

  • Green River State Park

    Green River State Park

  • San Rafael Swell

    San Rafael Swell

    Photo: Dean Krakel

  • John Wesley Powell Museum

    John Wesley Powell Museum

    Photo: Jay Dash

  • Moonshine Wash

    Moonshine Wash

    Photo: Austen Diamond

  • Melon Days

    Melon Days

  • Buckhorn Wash

    Buckhorn Wash

    Photo: Dean Krakel

  • Party in the Sky

    Party in the Sky

    Viewing the Milkyway in Goblin Valley. Photo: Bettymaya Foott

  • Little Wildhorse Canyon

    Little Wildhorse Canyon

    A family friendly slot canyon in the San Rafael Swell. Photo: Michael Kunde

  • Stars and Goblins

    Stars and Goblins

    Photographing the Dark Sky in Goblin Valley. Photo: Austen Diamond

Local Highlights

John Wesley Powell Museum
For a glimpse at the early exploration of the Green River by men who lived to tell the tale, be sure and visit the John Wesley Powell Museum, filled with creative displays about these early explorers and their exploits.

Crystal Geyser
This cold-water geyser is one of only fifteen of its kind in the world. The mineral-rich water that erupts and froths from the well creates brilliant orange travertine terraces at it flows into the Green River. Visit at sunset to see the watery travertine glow.

Melon Days
An annual tradition since 1906, Melon Days attracts thousands of people from all around to celebrate all things melon in September. The parade includes a giant melon float, and the park is full of booths and activities like watermelon eating and seed-spitting contests—fun for the whole family.

Outdoor Adventure

Swasey’s Beach
North of Green River, this white sand beach spans a long bend in the river shaded by cottonwood trees along the edge of the Book Cliffs. Shallow water gives children plenty of opportunity to frolic in the river, and bighorn sheep frequent the water’s edge. Rapids upstream from the campground site provide a kayaking playground.

River Running
River running opportunities near Green River abound and provide a way to experience the thrill and beauty of Utah’s wild desert rivers. Both Colorado River and Trail Expeditions and Holiday River Expeditions launch river running trips that start in Green River. Learn more about rafting the Green River.

Green River State Park
Rest under a canopy of cottonwood trees or accept the challenge of a nine-hole golf course on the banks of the Green River. Green River State Park is also a starting point for boaters adventuring through Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons.


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