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River Ranger Rendezvous
Sunday, September 08, 2024, 8:00 AM to Friday, September 13, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

2024 River Ranger Rendezvous (Desolation Canyon, UT)

Event dates: Sep. 8-13, 2024

Deadline to register: Aug. 23, 2024

The River Ranger Rendezvous is an annual interagency event hosted by the River Management Society that aims to gather river rangers and managers in a setting where information sharing and cohesion flourishes. This year, the BLM Price Field Office has volunteered to host the River Ranger Rendezvous in Desolation Canyon on Utah's Green River, one of the premier multiday whitewater river trips in the United States.

Topics of discussion may include a history of visitor use allocation on Desolation Canyon, history of the Canyon's Wild and Scenic River designation and implications for future management, and effective interpretation talks with Retired Ranger Dennis Willis.

2022 River Ranger Rendezvous on the San Juan River

RMS member Judi Zuckert rowing through Desolation Canyon at 2015 RRR. Photo by Bunny Sterin.

Desolation Canyon. Photo by Bob Wick.


  • Arrive: Sep. 8, 2024, in Green River, UT.
  • Depart: Arrive at take-out afternoon of Sep. 13, 2024.
  • Meet-up: At Swasey’s Boat Launch 30 minutes north of Green River, UT; on Sept. 8th to transport participants and gear to put-in.
  • Launch: The group will launch on September 9th from Sand Wash Ranger Station, approximately 90 minutes Southeast of Duchesne, UT.
  • Takeout: The group will disembark on September 13th at Swasey’s Beach recreation site, approximately 20 minutes north of Green River, UT.
  • Meals: All meals & food packing will be provided.
  • Camping: Group camping will be provided the evenings of the 8th and 13th
  • Equipment: It is asked that participants refrain from bringing individual rafts unless requested by the organizers. Whitewater kayaks, SUPs, and duckies are permissible if paddlers have confident Class III+ whitewater paddling skills. Individual whitewater equipment such as PFDs, helmets, and dry bags may be available for loan on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Shuttle: Federal and State agency support staff will be available to shuttle vehicles from put-in to take-out. Please avoid the need/desire to bring individual vehicles to Sand Wash put-in, to help alleviate shuttle logistics. 

Detailed Itinerary (all times MDT)

September 8th, 2024

          1300hrs – Raft rigs, individual participant vehicles arrive at Swasey’s Beach

          1400hrs - Raft rigs, participants, and gear depart Swasey’s Beach

          1800hrs – Group and gear arrives at Sand Wash Ranger Station

September 9th, 2024

          Mid-morning – Group departs Sand Wash Ranger Station

*Throughout the duration of the on-water trip, campsites and specific itinerary are based on a first-come first-served, fluctuating timeline*

September 13th, 2024

          Mid-afternoon - Group arrives at Swasey’s Beach

          Evening – Participants who wish may camp at prior-reserved Group Sites


Registration is $235, and RMS members receive a discounted rate of $195. This includes meals, camping and shuttle. Payment upon registration is preferred, but if you need to pay later (e.g., Purchase Order), please select "invoice me" at checkout.

We encourage non-members to join RMS when they register, which allows river professionals to stay connected, receive river management news in their inboxes and mailboxes, and enjoy discounted registration for events and Symposia. Learn more about the benefits of membership on our Membership page. Those interested may join on that web page or within the event registration form.

Space for this trip is limited to 22 participants as well as host agency staff. We offer invoicing for those that would like to register now and pay later. Payment must be received before the trip.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel on or before August 14, 2024, we'll need to charge a $35 cancellation fee. If you cancel between August 15th and the 31st, 2024, the charge will go up to 50% of what you paid. We will not be able to issue refunds after August 31, 2024, unless the program is canceled by the RMS SW Chapter.


With questions about trip logistics, please contact Tony Mancuso at tmancuso(at)utah.gov. With questions about registration or membership, please contact Bekah Price at bekah(at)river-management.org.