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Water Adventure Happenings - April 2016
It’s Time for a Canoe Trip!
The Green River is a magical place for a self-guided canoe trip with miles of backcountry flat water to float, plenty of great scenery and wildlife, and a solitude you can’t get on the busier Colorado River. There are plenty of put-in and take-out locations so the trip can be as short as 3-days or a long as a couple of weeks! And it’s a fantastic trip for beginners or families with small children as it isn’t hard to paddle and there aren’t any rapids to worry about. 

There are two main sections to the Green River; Labyrinth Canyon is the upper section managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Stillwater Canyon is the lower section in Canyonlands National Park.

Labyrinth Canyon is more popular with Boy Scout Troops, short-trippers, and people on a budget. You can easily put yourself in at Green River State Park or Ruby Ranch and set a shuttle car at Ruby Ranch or Mineral Bottom for the take-out. The BLM permit is free, but Green River and Ruby Ranch charge nominal fees to use their boat ramps.

Mileage Chart - Labyrinth Canyon:

•Green River State Park - Ruby Ranch = 23 miles/2+ days
•Ruby Ranch - Mineral Bottom = 45 miles/3+ days
•Green River State Park - Mineral Bottom = 68 miles/4+ days
Stillwater Canyon is much more remote with the only take-out option of hiring a jet boat shuttle from the Confluence to bring you back upstream to Moab on the Colorado River. The NPS also charges permit fees of $30/permit + $30/person. This section is most popular with experienced canoers and those who want to see Canyonlands from the river.

Mileage Chart - Stillwater Canyon:

•Green River State Park - The Confluence = 120 miles/7+ days
•Ruby Ranch - The Confluence = 97 miles/5+ days
•Mineral Bottom - The Confluence = 52 miles/3+ days
Whichever trip you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time! If you need help with outfitting your canoe trip or to reserve land and jet boat shuttles, call Tag-A-Long Expeditions, 435-259-8946, or email
SUP - Jump on the Mighty Colorado
by Shaine Ebrahimi

Have you ever dreamed of standing on water surrounded with your senses filled by the sight of magnificent red cliffs, your body warmed by a gentle desert breeze and your soul soothed by the sound of water dancing on the nearby shore?

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports on earth! It is an epic way to jump on the mighty Colorado River and take in the beauty that you can find surrounding the colorful town of Moab in the beautiful state of Utah.

I have been coming to Moab for decades and have always loved exploring the surrounding desert and adventuring on the Colorado River. Nearly 7 years ago I discovered the amazing sport of stand up paddle boarding and never looked back. The first time I brought a SUP to Moab was in 2010 when a wild group of river rats decided to embark on a Desert SUP Quest and float from Grand Junction Colorado to Potash Utah. It was a four day adventure the left us with a lifetime of smiles and laughter.

Since that epic journey I keep finding myself back standing on the Colorado River with loves and friends taking in the phenomenal beauty of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

If you are ready to say “Yes To Adventure” and head out on your own stand up paddleboard adventure in Moab Utah the first step is getting a SUP. If you plan in advance you can buy a SUP from Shaboomee at where you can also sign up to win a FREE SUP! If you want to rent locally or hire a guide here are some options.

Paddle Moab,, 435-210-4655 Canyon Voyages,, 435-259-6007, Adrift Adventures,, 435-259-8594 Moab Adventure Center,, 866-904-1163

You have a SUP in hand and are ready to go! First step is to always check in with local businesses or guides to find out the current river conditions, weather and anything else you need to be safe! There are so many amazing areas to go stand up paddle boarding it would be impossible to mention them all here but here is one of my favorites that is a fun Class I & II Colorado River float.

On this stretch I like to put in by the Goose Island Campground located on Hwy 128, 1.4 miles from Hwy 191. We take out at the Moab Boat Ramp located just off Hwy 191 where the road crosses the Colorado River.

Check out the Negro Bill Canyon hike located near the put in.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

Next time you have the opportunity to visit Moab Utah be sure to include a stand up paddleboard adventure on your list of fun activities. It is the ultimate way to get some exercise, share laughter and cool off with family and friends while surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

Shaine Ebrahimi “Yes To Adventure!”

The author Shaine Ebrahimi is the owner of Carbondale, CO based stand up paddleboard company, Shaboomee, and is always striving to live life with an open heart and adventure seeking spirit. You can reach him at or via email at
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