Local Area Attractions Near Green River KOA Journey
Green River is centrally located to so many fun things to see and do. Use us as a base camp for all your adventures. Here are some ideas of things nearby to check out:
Arches National Park
Only 45 minutes from the KOA, at Arches National Park you can see over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and many other unusual rock formations. Just like our KOA, Arches is open year round so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery without the summer crowds and in cooler weather.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. Enjoy the scenic overlooks at the Island in the Sky, the remote canyons of the Maze, and the thunderous rapids of Cataract Canyon.
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The San Rafael Swell
The San Rafael Swell is one of Utah's most spectacular landscapes but also its best kept secret. The Swell is approximately 2,000 square miles of public land, known for its scenic sandstone formations, deep canyons, desert streams, and expansive panoramas. The Swell is a massive maze of winding canyons, broken fins and buttes, with countless beautiful hikes, biking trails, canyoneering spots, and scenic river floats. Only 30 minutes from Green River, the Swell provides all the beauty of the National Parks without the crowds.
Goblin Valley State Park
Wind and water have carved fantastic and unique goblin-like sculptures out of rock at Goblin Valley State Park . Explore the area and enjoy the desert beauty, the fascinating comical goblin forms, and the views of the San Rafael Reef and the Henry Mountains.
Little Wild Horse & Bell Canyon
Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon is located just 5 miles from Goblin Valley State Park. Take a hike and see the narrow slot canyon with intricately sculpted sandstone walls.
Only 20 minutes from the KOA, Swasey's Beach offers a large white sand beach that is shaded by cottonwood trees along the edge of the Book Cliffs. The shallow water is great for families to play in when summer afternoons get hot. You might even spot a few bighorn sheep stopping by to take a sip of cool, refreshing water. If you'd like a little more adventure, there's rapids upstream from the campground that are great for kayaking.
A cold water geyser powered by CO2 gasses that erupts sporadically each day, with eruptions known to reach up to 80 feet, but most often a 20 foot eruption is more common.
Moonshine Wash slot canyon
Located about 1 hour from the Green River KOA in the San Rafael Desert, Moonshine Wash is one of the best non-technical slot canyons in the area. It is remote enough to not be crowded like other attractions in the area but is still not too difficult to find. Although it isn't considered a "technical" slot canyon, it is not for the faint of heart. It has a variety of small obstacles but nothing too extreme, and it also has extensive narrows that continually change in color as you get deeper into the canyon.
Easy, non-technical slot canyon that is perfect for all ages
Athena Mountain Bike Trail
The Athena trail lies just southeast of the city of Green River. This 5.5 mile loop is for experienced intermediate to advanced riders. The usual riding season will be March through November. Aerobically, it's a fairly easy ride. There's a bit of up-and-down as the trail twists through badland canyons, adding up to 600 vertical feet per lap. But there are no prolonged climbs.
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John Wesley Powell River History Museum
Explore the history of the Colorado Plateau through exhibitions, art galleries, historic boats, artifacts, a short film, and even a dinosaur exhibit with local fossils found in the nearby region. Also home of the River Runners Hall of Fame.
1765 East Main Street
PO Box 387
Green River, UT 84525
Green River State Park Golf Course
The Green River State Park golf course is less than a mile away, on the banks of the Green River, and offers incredible views of the Book Cliffs towering in the distance. The elevated tees and greens add character to a leisurely round of golf. The course offers fairways lined with mature cottonwood trees and water hazards from the meandering Green River. The course is 9 holes along with an 18-hole disc golf course.
Float the Green River or Colorado River Rafting
If you're looking for a relaxing float down the Green River, there are several spots within 20 minutes from the KOA where you can put in and float, kayak, paddleboard, or raft in calm water. If you're looking for a more intense rafting experience, you can check out Holiday River Expeditions for multi-day river trips.
Sego Canyon (Rock Art and Ghost Town)
Sego Canyon sits just 30 miles East of Green River and is a great 1/2 day family-friendly adventure. There is rock art from a few different Native American cultures and a ghost town nearby where the company store and a boarding house are still partially standing in the center of town, and various other ruins scattered through out the canyon along with remnants of the local coal mine.
104, 21 Sego Cyn Rd
Thompson Springs, UT 84540
Cisco ghost town
I ain't scared of no ghost
Green River Launch Complex (abandoned military base)
Green River used to be the home of a major cold war military complex. From 1964 to 1979, it served as a test facility for Air Force and Army missile programs. It has since been abandoned and is in quite a state of disrepair, however, in this article you can get an idea of what it was like.
Enjoy great dining right next door at Tamarisk Restaurant. Not only is Tamarisk within walking distance so you won't have to unhook your trailer or RV, they love our campers so much you get a 10% discount just for staying at the KOA. Tamarisk is open from 7 am to 10 pm and we have copies of their menu in our general store that we will provide when you check in.
1710 E Main St
Green River, UT 84525
Rochester Art Panel
Enjoy the spectacular and one of the best examples of rock art from the Fremont Culture that dates back to at least 1300 AD, a culture that included a wide range of ancient hunter-gatherer groups.