Ep. 95: Green River Kayak Camping | Utah kayaking Canyonlands National Park

Ep. 95: Green River Kayak Camping | Utah kayaking Canyonlands National Park

A voyage down the final 100 miles of the Green River by kayak, canoe or raft, through the Labyrinth Canyon and Stillwater Canyon into Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, is an epic bucket list camping trip. It’s also the only way to see this part of Canyonlands. We spend eight days on the river, encountering other river travelers from four other states and two other countries along the way. We find remnants of ancient people dating from 200 to 1,200 years old, including the “Outlaw Cabin” and Anasazi cliff dwellings. We descend through numerous layers of the earth’s crust, passing through two seasons. Throughout it all, though, the river is our constant, yet moody companion; at times our lover and best friend, and at other times our worst enemy, the river is alive — a living, breathing creature that dominates our lives for days on end.


Separate river permits are required from the BLM for Labyrinth Canyon, and from Canyonlands National Park for Stillwater Canyon. The Labyrinth Canyon permit requires little more than filling out a form and carrying the required gear, while the permit for Stillwater Canyon requires a bit more arduous and bureaucratic process and while there’s no lottery involved, permits are limited by the number of people who can be shuttled by outfitters from The Confluence or Spanish Bottom. Ruby Ranch’s owners also charge a fee for those who choose to launch their boats there, although there are alternative put-ins at Crystal Geyser and in the town of Green River.

Applications and more information may be found at:

* BLM Labyrinth Canyon https://www.blm.gov/visit/labyrinth-canyon
* Canyonlands National Park river permits https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/riverpermits.htm

Two outfitters are permitted to provide shuttle services from Spanish Bottom to Moab and also provide guided expeditions:

* Tag-A-Long Expeditions https://tagalong.com/
* Tex’s Riverways http://texsriverways.com/


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  1. Roger K on May 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    That’s just awesome and love all your video. And how you put GPS or grid coordinates for BLM land. I’ve managed to work all bunch of places there around you tell that you’ve pointed out that we just can’t wait to get on the road and visit Utah

  2. Bob Ducharme on May 26, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    We really like your videos. Short and to the point. I notice that you drive a Tundra pickup. Do you like it? I notice it is not a TRD. Is the regular Tundra high enough for most roads? We want to buy a small travel trailer ( Lance 1875) and travel out west mostly. What are your thoughts?

  3. Richard Nash on May 26, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Nice commentary with the video. Very informative!!

  4. Shawn Wilson on May 26, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Awesome episode!

  5. Spell Madam on May 26, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Another Grand Adventure!!!!

  6. Yaacoub Kari on May 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    nice video👍

  7. Kiley & Pappy on May 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Kiley just got a new kayak and watching your videos are very inspiring. she wants to learn as much as she can so we might take a trip like this some day.

  8. Don aka Cowboy Biker Adventures on May 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I want to thank you for the not just this video but all of your videos. Your videos are professionally done, and very informative. You also, have the most beautiful pictures and videos. I follow a lot of RVers on Youtube in my quest for knowledge. I am retiring at the end of 2019 and I am planning not only my single life in a RV but also my future adventures. I am sure I will do some of the very adventures you have shown us on Youtube. Again, thank you and keep them coming.

  9. Laughing Ram on May 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful scenery captured by your professional photography!

    The logistics and planning seems daunting, but the reward is an awesome adventure!

    When I was a Boy Scout many years ago, we did a three day trip down the local river (Russian River – nothing like the Green River). I always remember the peaceful feeling of starting out on the river at the beginning of the day.

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic trip Marc!!

  10. Huck Outdoors on May 26, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Such a great trip. You captured it amazingly! Keep up the good work bud!

  11. Gorman Thomas on May 26, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Excellent videos! Thank you.

  12. Curt Martin on May 26, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Interesting break from the rv. Enjoyed this one very much.

  13. Tom Austin on May 26, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Awesome Mark 👍😎♥️🚌🎬🎥thanks for sharing and safe travels

  14. Robert Frost on May 26, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    A great video! Thank you for sharing! much need as we are under snow and ice here in New Hampshire!

  15. Anne Smith on May 26, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    How did you do the shuttling? If you start at Ruby Ranch and end at Mineral Bottom.

  16. Sharon's World on May 26, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Now that, was truly a grand adventure! Awesome trip! 👍

  17. Jim Lee on May 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for taking me on that your with you.that was fantastic.

  18. Vagabond_Rob on May 26, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Amazing trip Marc. I had to come back later, too much buffering. Thanks as always for your great videos. Can’t wait to see what summer vids you do.

  19. Bruce H on May 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    That was quite an adventure with some great photos. 

    I noticed some of the camps were set up just above the waters edge.  How do you know there is not going to be an increase in the release of water from the dam above causing the river to rise and flood your camp? 

    Do you use a GPS when navigating the river? 

    I enjoyed the trip, thanks!

  20. Diane Stevenson on May 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Wonderful trip thanks for sharing it with us. Another great video.

  21. Timothy Brown on May 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    That was beautiful! You’re right about camping out of a boat rather than on your back and feet. You can afford the weight of real food, and other luxuries, not practical in backpacking. If you’re ever in Florida the Santa Fe, Suwannee, Peace and Hillsborough rivers all offer great camping opportunities. The Suwannee is long enough for seven days or more easy paddling.

  22. Tumbleweed RvLife on May 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

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  23. techservant on May 26, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Your photography is always really really good. Well done. Appreciate all the hard work you do on these videos.

  24. Gorman Thomas on May 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Beautiful area you’ve highlighted. Definitely adding it to my list. That said, granite creek outside Jackson is also amazing if you’ve not been there. Check it out.

  25. 2012escapee1 on May 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Impressive. Just imagine how tough and tenacious those early pioneers were.

  26. noyopacific on May 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the memory. My wife and I paddled kayaks down the Green River exactly a year ago. During our trip through Stillwater Canyon we didn’t see another person between Ruby Ranch and just above Mineral Bottom, despite the exceptionally good weather.

  27. lost weekends caravan on May 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Little bit behind as been away. What a fantastic trip certainly a bucket list one. Thanks for taking the time to put this film together P&J

  28. grumpy old fart on May 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    #1…Can I take my own motorized raft (Zodiac) from Sand Wash (the confluence) up to Moab and back? #2….What month was you there? #3…. Did you fish any, and how muddy was the water? #4…..What is the total length of the trip? I want to go up in one or 2 days, pick out a few good hiking spots, then drift fish, and hike back down. My boat will hit about 25 MPH so I can take out about any time I like.

  29. Dee Hart on May 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Marc, is John your son ?

  30. Gavin Streetie on May 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I was waiting for the moment in time , when I could give you my full attention and watch your film uninterrupted and I’m so pleased I did !
    From every young boys adventure to the bucket list for us slightly more mature folk
    What can I say …………. thanks Marc , thanks for taking the trouble to film, edit and share , further more thanks for going I’m sure you will inspire others to have their own adventure , including myself
    Best wishes Gavin & Zehra

  31. CampTravelExplore on May 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Great Job Grand Adventure! Loved how informative it was! Ive never seen a paddle mapped out as well! Enjoyed it very much!

  32. Guido Bauer on May 26, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Great information, however it’s a slide show, not a video … disappointing…

  33. ExpeditionMe on May 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    What an amazing trip, thank you for sharing

  34. The McMillan Express on May 26, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Tom Bradshaw’s and Christina McMillan’s favorite video!

  35. RV Free on May 26, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Incredible adventure!!

  36. Eric Moore on May 26, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this episode, thanks for sharing this. I have a couple questions. Where did you start your trip from ? I thought you said Green River UT, but that looks pretty far down to the Colorado which is where you ended the trip. I dont see any roads accessing Green River below I-70 down to Canyonlands. Next question, I was wondering which kayak you have, if you dont mind sharing that info. I see your friend has the perception carolina 14 . I have a 10 ft recreation kayak, I wouldn’t really be in position to do a week long paddle. Thanks.

  37. WILLIAM COOLEY on May 26, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    That was definitely a Grand Adventure. Well done. I have been in the area but not on the river.
    I know if you are hanging out in Moab you have been to Pasta Jay’s.

  38. Michael Fitzgerald on May 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Excellent, Marc, thank you!

  39. Bill Beebe on May 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Felt like I was right there with you in my boat. Great job with everything…..

  40. G Kerr on May 26, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Great Video Mark!

  41. Marilynn Arnold on May 26, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful. What was the tube thing???

  42. journey2fifty on May 26, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    What an awesome trip! Truly is a bucket list item.

  43. TR Bowlin on May 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    That mud is pretty brutal! I think I still have some a old pair of sneakers I fished the green in years ago with it still on them!

  44. laurawgarts on May 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Nice trip! Would like to have seen your trip laid out in a map-style, showing the stops and highlights you made along the way. Thanks for sharing your trip with us! 🙂

  45. Mason U on May 26, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    A big thumbs up for that that was amazing! 👌 Awesome YouTube video…

  46. william keil on May 26, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Great video, excellent filming.

  47. SKPjoe Coursegold on May 26, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    totally enjoyed.

  48. Patricia Cartwright on May 26, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Your videos are always a joy to watch. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Sheila Sabella on May 26, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Mark, I think your best to date. Extremely well narrated and descriptive. Really a joy to watch, and hopefully do ourselves in the near future. Thank you! Kerry

  50. Roy Stoddard on May 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    You’ve done it again… This is the second outstanding Episode. The narative was a mix of Edward Abby (sp) and C. W. McCall, San Juan Odyssey. The video, though not "video" in the real sense of the word, i.e. the stil shots moving in and out are excellent, and intigrated well into the story line. Then my wife caught the subtle background music that enhanced the whole package. Well done guys. Thanks for sharing. It takes an amazing amount of time to do this quality work.

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