Originally Posted by oarboatman
Green river from green river to mineral bottom or confluence of the colorado. The second option involves a jet boat ride back to Moab and a permit that is easy to get. Both are good shake down trips for long trips.
The Green below Flaming Gorge (A,B,C section) is really nice. No permit, nice campsites (pretty sure you reserve those ahead of time), beautiful scenery. Water's clear and there's so many fucking fish you might not be able to concentrate on the few easy rapids that do exist.
It's fun to see the change in scenery on the trip down from Flaming Gorge to Brown's Park.
Please clean up your trash (and any that's not yours if you see it), and shit in a toilet (many of the campsites have permanent ones) while you're there. The area is beautiful, but it does seem to be greatly under-appreciated. When we went, we discovered a cove where people had literally been shitting and pissing and leaving their remnants (toilet paper and turds) for others to find... and that's super lame.
Also, on a side note, because I can't help myself... consider not moving to Denver... there's not enough water as it is to support the current population, let alone a rapidly growing population.