Originally Posted by rer13
I just got a late May Deso permit. I have never done this section and was wandering what campsites would be good for 10 to 14 people? Is it worth while to bring a motor? What is the best map? Any advice would be appreciated.
It might behoove you to get a Ute permit here as it can open up options for such a full-launch calendar:
Canyone Camping Permit
The one aspect of Deso that is great, compared to many other desert rivers, is the plentiful camping options. There are tons of camps that will hold your group if you are flexible.
From launch to Jack Creek is highly competitive for "quality" sites. Plus, that can be some brutal flat water for those not use to it. Camping before Jack Creek tends to be more open and scrubbier.
Jack Creek to Steer Ridge: plenty of sites and huge Cottonwood galleries. Best of any section of the Green or Colorado.
Steer Ridge to Lion Hollow: highly competitive for campsites. Don't be shocked to take choice #2 or beyond. Plenty of good ones though.
Lion Hollow to Wire Fence: Still plenty of camping.
Wire Fence to Takeout: Starts to get competitive and desperate. People start stacking up here. Don't wait until the last option to camp as you may end up pushing all the way to camps on the day stretch.
Enjoy a great trip.