Top 5 Best Packraft Trips in Utah

Utah has some of the best packraft trips in the Lower 48. And water levels are at their best right when skiing conditions deteriorate and locals trails are still too sloppy to enjoy.

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Need ideas for where to go packrafting in southern Utah? Here’s a starting point …

Top 5 Best Packraft Trips in Utah

Best Packraft Trips in Utah - Photo by Forrest McCarthy - Web

(Photo by Forrest McCarthy)

#1 – The Escalante River

American Whitewater Escalante River description and water flows

Trip report from Talusfield blog with nice descriptions, tips, video and photos

Trip report from Backpacking Light with nice descriptions and photos, including a good discussion of paddling at low water levels

#2 – Muddy Creek (The Chute)

American Whitewater Muddy Creek description and water flows

In-depth trip description and info from Southwest Paddler

Video of packrafting Muddy Creek

#3 – Dirty Devil

American Whitewater Dirty Devil description and water flows

Story from the Denver Post on floating the Dirty Devil in packrafts

Video of Packrafting the Dirty Devil

#4 – Green River (Labyrinth Canyon)

American Whitewater Labyrinth Canyon description and water flows

Blog post from Forrest McCarthy about linking Keg Spring, Labyrinth and Horseshoe canyons (with photos and videos) 

#5 – Canyonlands National Park

American Whitewater Stillwater Canyon description and water flows

Trip report on packrafting in Canyonlands National Park from Backpacker Magazine

Video on packrafting in Canyonlands National Park from Roman Dial


Rumor has it that veteran packrafter Forrest McCarthy is working on a packrafting guide to Utah for his blog. Stay tuned. We’ll post a link here as soon as it goes live.

For more beta on all these trips also check out the Packrafting Forums sponsored by the American Packrafting Association.

Before heading remember to:

–          Check water flows (they can be extremely variable in this region)

–          Check the weather (many of these routes are prone to flash floods)

–          Bring a good map and compass (and have the skills to use them; it can be confusing country)

–          Bring plenty of water and/or know where springs are located

–          Get a permit, when necessary


Who out there has packrafted in Utah? In your opinion what’s the best packraft trips Utah has to offer? 

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