River Runners of Vernal does good job on shuttle, as do the people in Wellington (Caynon of the Ancients). Will be hot, bugs at Sand Wash for sure. Tough it out - - will be worth it. Scout Joe Hutch but it's not as bad as it looks. 5 nights is minimum for me that time of year, 6 even better. Have fun!
Pack a good assortment of beverages, mosquito repellent, and pool floating toys. It is a good river to learn to kayak on. Good fun splashy rapids and beautiful scenery. We usually go for longer trips 7-8 days. River Runners in Vernal does a good job with the shuttle.
River Runners' Transport & Rentals, 800 930 RAFT (7238. They recently did great work for our trip, including charging a dead battery (dome light left on) and airing up a low trailer tire. $200 per vehicle. Plus, I wish I had waited until I got to their store in Vernal; instead I panicked and bought a sub-par guidebook in Denver. They had a better book at a lower price. Plus I and others picked up numerous last-minute items at their rafting shop, which was a solid, and fairly priced, rafting-specific shop. Plus dining advice, no extra charge.
I would use a green river shuttle. They are awesome, took amazing care of us on our trip. In Aug I would be looking to do at least a 6 day private and push off early from sandwash. No reason to hang with the bugs at the turtle camps, get to Jack Creek and start enjoying your trip. Look for a good hike at Rock Creek, layover at Log Cabin, Range creek (tons of native american stuff), cabin at firewater, tons of stiff to do. Not to mention you are going all that way have a nice relaxing trip. River Express Shuttles
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Another satisfied customer of River Runner shuttle, in fact I've used them 2 times this year already and planning on using them this weekend and on my July Deso trip. Wonderful folks, totally came through for us on an early emergency evac on the Yampa trip.
Their Vernal store is awesome for all kinds of hard to find gear.
Just came off Deso. Bugs weren't bad, but do bring the spray. There weren't tons of people on the river, so getting a campsite wasn't so bad. I particularly love the second camp at Wire Fence Rapid. It's awesome!
Plan on alot of rowing since it is low, but I could usually get 15-20 miles in a day no problem and got into camp at around 2 each day. I would suggest trying to get into camp around that time each day because the wind picks up in the afternoon and can be quite brutal. I was glad to be off river sitting in my hammock watching the wind blow!
Joe Hutch was pretty simple. It's does look more intimidating than it is. It reminds me of Wire Fence. Only 3 real rapids that qualify as class 3 at this flow, I would say (Joe Hutch, Three Fords and Coal). The rest are just class 2 stuff.
And if you have a small group, there is a nice little put in to the right in the tammies that you can use and avoid the choas at the regular putin. (past the first campspot on the right you'll see a little road). I always use it.
Hopefully that helps! Hope you have a great trip!
PS River Runners Transport is all I use. I've used them for all my Deso, Yampa and Gates trips. Great people!
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