Green River, Utah

Green River, Utah, a small town with a population of approximately 900, located on I-70 about 70 miles from the Colorado border. This is a convenient stop if you’re driving from Salt Lake City and can’t wait another 45 minutes till you get to Moab.

Green River - Jim Leach (attrib)

Green River and the Book Cliffs. Photo by Jim Leach.

Green River’s Main Street has a wide variety of motels, including Best Western, Comfort Inn, Super 8, Motel 6 and others. Green River State Park has a campground near the River In addition to several commercial campgrounds. Main Street also offers several cafes and restaurants. The John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River is of special interest to river travelers; as is Ray’s Tavern, world (we’re not kidding!) famous for their charbroiled burgers & steaks; where a peanut butter & jelly sandwich costs about three times more than a burger. Green River has a medical center, a grocery store, a bank, ATM machines, a drugstore, but no liquor store. Locally Green River is famous for its wonderful melons and has an annual Melon Days Festival.

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Nearby Facilities and Attractions

We suggest you allow a few days before or after your program to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Goblin Valley and Dead Horse Point State Parks, or the San Rafael Swell area.

Area Travel Planning Web Sites

Go-Utah: State wide travel with links to each area
Discover Moab: Local Travel Council
Moab Utah: Local Chamber of Commerce
Canyonlands Region: Travel Resources
Arches National Park: US Government page
Canyonlands National Park: US Government page
River Recreation Opportunities: Colorado various sections, Dolores
Castle County: Information & Travel Planning
Emery & Carbon and Counties: Travel Planning


Moab Times Newspaper
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Parks and Campgrounds

Arches National Park Campground (435) 719-2299
Canyonlands National Park Campground (435) 259-4712 or 719-2313
Dead Horse Point State Park Campground (800) 322-3770
Colorado National Monument (Grand Junction, CO) (970) 858-3617
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Grand Junction, CO) (970) 641-2337
Green River State Park Campground (435) 564-3633

Places to Hike and Visit

All the Parks, National Monuments, and Recreation Areas listed above
Moab Area BLM (Bureau of Land Management non-fee) Recreation Sites; (435) 259-6111
Fisher Towers: 3 miles East of Professor Valley on Hwy. 128
Negro Bill Canyon & Morning Glory Natural Bridge: 5 miles east of Moab on Hwy. 128
National Park Service Southeast Utah Group:
Call for educational group fee waivers; (435) 719-2100
Arches National Park is 45 miles south of Green River


John Wesley Powell Museum: Green River, UT (435) 564-3427
Dan O’Laurie Canyon Country Museum: Moab UT (435) 259-7985

How to Get to Green River

Major airline connections are available to Salt Lake City Utah.

Fly direct to the Moab Airport: Salmon Air 800.448.3413

You can also fly to Grand Junction, Colorado or Moab, Utah (Westracks shuttle service 435-259-7317). Airport rental cars and vans are available at Grand Junction and Salt Lake City with reasonable weekly rates. Rental cars are available in Moab, but not at the airport. There is an Amtrak station (800-872-7245) and a Greyhound bus station (800-231-2222).

Amtrak Train to Grand Junction and Rent a Vehicle:
If you choose to take Amtrak plan to arrive the day before your program and expect delays. The Hampton Inn is a good hotel near the train station; call (800) 922-3883.

Auto Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car at the Moab Airport; N HWY 191 MM 148; MOAB, UT 84532    Tel.: (435) 259-8505. All others serve SLC and Grand Junction: Avis, Budget, Hertz and Dollar. All the above rental agencies have nationwide toll free numbers and reservation web sites.