Split Mountain River Rafting Guidebook

A gorgeous trip with some mild whitewater, Split Mountain is a good run if you’re in the area.

About this guide

This guide is a three star guide, meaning we consider it to be comprehensive. There’s really not much to Split Mountain, making it a wonderful trip for those new to trip planning and rafting.


If you do the shuttle yourself, you’re looking at two hours roundtrip so we suggest hiring a shuttle service.

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Somewhat unusual for a day trip, permits are very limited on this section. Mid September through mid May, just one permit per day is issued. Mid May through mid-September (high season) this increases to two. Permits are first come first served.

Permit website: Click here.

The range to run this is wide. For rafts 800 CFS + and you’ll be okay. North of 8,000 CFS and you should be a competent boater if you’re heading out there. Keep in mind, at high flows trips taking only an hour have been reported. Which sounds really fun, but exceptionally short if you are doing a self shuttle. Sometimes the USGS flow image breaks. If that happens, here is the direct link.

Green River near Jensen

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Split Mountain Comprehensive Rafting Guide

WARNING: Conditions change frequently and may make this guide useless. This guide is NOT a replacement for sound judgment or experience.

Class II Rapid

Class III Rapid

Put-In / Take Out

Point of Interest

Split Mountain – Class II and III

Vernal’s “Daily” Split Mountain is a local classic.


Rainbow Park to Split Mountain is 8.35 miles.


Beginner to Moderate.

Feet per Mile

Split Mountain averages 20 FPM


Runnable until the put-in road washes out or winter kicks in.

Mile 0.00 – Rainbow Park Put in: River Right. This campground / put in is open year round but there is no winter maintenance and the road can become impassable with weather. Learn more about Rainbow Park Put-In.

Mile 1.54 – Moonshine: Class III. There’s a hole located river right near the top of the rapid. Besides that it’s a fun, classic, splashy wave train. Enjoy. Learn more about Moonshine Rapid.

Mile 2.51 – SOB: Class II/III. Wave train as the river bends. Learn more about SOB Rapid.

Mile 3.06 – School Boy: Class II. Read and run wave train.

Mile 6.40 – Inglesby: Class II. Read and run wave train. Learn more about Inglesby Rapid.

Mile 8.35 – Split Mountain Take Out: River Right. Toilets, campground. Learn more about the Split Mountain Take-Out.