Originally Posted by cataraftgirl
Deso or San Juan. Deso has more rapids, San Juan is more mellow with a few rapids. Both have great canyon scenery and good camps. Is the Rec.gov on Deso a done deal? It sure will be an improvement over the old system....goofy & frustrating.
I'll miss the system based out of Price. The rec.gov systems work well for the intitial lottery but SUCK for cancellations, follow-ups and any problems experienced along the way (which is simply bound to happen). Deso is odd until you get use to the fact that half the people cancel their trips. We ALWAYS get the permits for the weeks we want, you just need flexibility of a day on either side. We have floated Deso 2-3 times a year for the past 5 years without any troubles.
The San Juan is also a great option, depending on the time of year. You couldn't pay me to be down there in the summer.
I wouldn't recommend the upper Dolores for newer crew. Most of the time the first day is a rock dodging ping pong alley and then you get to Son of- and Snaggletooth which are both either big class IIIs or Class IV rapids with significant consequences for gear and equipment. Lower can be great but when it runs everyone and their mom decides to float that week. Camps can be a nightmare (advice from a river solitude junkie).
Ruby-Horsethief can be a great flatwater trip, even in the summer as there are camps with a ton of shade (i.e. stay the F away from Black Rocks in the summer).
The Green below Flaming Gorge (A-B-C) can be great fun and has fabulous fishing. 2-3 day options with great camping. The first day has some of the clearest water in the region.....thousands of trout per mile.