This scenic canyon received its name from John Wesley Powell during his historic descent of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 and 1871. Red rock canyon walls and a verdant ribbon of riverside foliage define this stretch of river as it divides the Tavaputs Plateau. Desolation Canyon is far from desolate, with its Cottonwood tree groves, big sandy beaches, eagles and bighorn sheep. Inside the canyon walls, you will find the remnants of past visitors, from ancient rock art and stone ruins left behind by the Fremont Indians, to a cabin abandoned by early settlers. This 84-mile stretch of river boasts more than 50 splashy Class II-III rapids along with peaceful stretches, perfect for contemplation, paddling an inflatable kayak, or trying out a stand up paddleboard, making it an entertaining choice for travelers of all ages and experience levels.