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Old 06-23-2016   #11
vernal, Utah
Paddling Since: 1986
Join Date: Feb 2008
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I don't know who started this rumor, but River Runners' Transport, Inc. in Vernal is providing vehicle shuttle service for private and commercial river runners on Desolation Canyon, as well as Dinosaur National Monument, the stretch from the Flaming Gorge Dam, through Green River State Park, and the White River. Currently, RRT is the only permitted vehicle shuttle service on Desolation Canyon. There are key drop boxes for our customer's vehicles at Sand Wash, Lodore and Deer Lodge but please do not just put a key inside the key drop without making prior arrangements with the office. You can call 1-800-930-7238 to make those arrangements. We do a shuttle everyday on Deso as well as a Lodore and Deer Lodge, each averaging 10 vehicles. I hope this post will clear up any confusion regarding the status of River Runners' Transport, Inc.

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Old 06-23-2016   #12
Woodland Park, Colorado
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Got my first deso trip late july. Do may people go Wellington or myton to get out to sand wash. Curious about my boat bouncing on a rough road for 100 plus miles. Thanks.

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Old 06-23-2016   #13
vernal, Utah
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We never take the Nine-Mile Canyon road and we do a shuttle everyday on Deso. The reason is the challenge of the Wrinkles Road between 9-Mile and Sand Wash. If you have problems (flat tires, broke springs, over heating, etc) you are out in the middle of nowhere without any cell service. Also if the Wrinkles road happens to be impassible, due to flooding or other things, and you can't get through, there are very limited areas where you can turn around; you would have to back out. The 9-Mile road is paved the entire way but the 23 miles of Wrinkles Road is not. You are better off going to Highway 40 and down from Myton. (Just my 2-cents!)
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Old 06-23-2016   #14
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We have done both the flying shuttle and with RRT. The one time we did the flight, my buddy and another person on the trip dropped off the gear at Sand Wash, helped us rig, then drove via Nine Mile Canyon to Green River. A lot of the driving was at night. They slept on the Tarmac at the airport in Green River once they finally got there. My friend said that the flight was fun, but the drive sucked and he would never do it again.

Melanie (aka melmorr) at RRT has always done a great job of helping us get our shuttle set up, giving us the updated road conditions into Sand Wash, and getting our trucks to the take out in good shape.
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Old 06-28-2016   #15
Laramie, Wyoming
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I double all of the praise for RRT, they really do it right. Just this week, we had three vehicles shuttled Sand Wash to Swaseys with great service. Note, as the rig count increases, only the primary vehicle is parked at Swaseys, the others just upstream at the beach parking . Short trip, walkable.

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Old 06-28-2016   #16
summit, Colorado
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+1 for RRT! Last time we used them for a Deso trip, one of our trailers broke on the drive to Swaseys, so they unhooked it from the truck (make sure you leave them keys if your trailer hitch is locked), put it on top of one of our other trailers, strapped it down, and brought it to the takeout for us.
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Old 06-28-2016   #17
Chandler, Arizona
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The Nine Mile road was perfect. Just went down that way on 6/14, no problems at all. Also, we used RRT and they were awesome. If the weather has been decent for the week before you go, I would not doubt the Nine Mile. Call ahead to the BLM station and they will provide an update on the road condition.

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