Split Mountain

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.

Shuttles

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

River Runners Transport: Click here.

Permits

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.

Flows

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.

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Split Mountain Map & Guide

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

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.

Length

Rainbow Park to Split Mountain is 8.35 miles.

Difficulty

Beginner to Moderate.

Feet per Mile

Split Mountain averages 20 FPM

Season

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

Mile 0.00 – Rainbow Park Put in: 40.49498, -109.17365 River Right. This campground / put in is open year round but there is no winter maintenance and the road can become impassable with weather. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 1.54 – Moonshine: 40.47627, -109.18141 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. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 2.51 – SOB: 40.46806, -109.19229 Class II/III. Wave train as the river bends. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 3.06 – School Boy: 40.46698, -109.20138 Class II. Read and run wave train.

Mile 6.40 – Inglesby: 40.45897, -109.26107 Class II. Read and run wave train. Click here for a detailed description.

Mile 8.35 – Split Mountain Take Out: 40.44544, -109.25258 River Right. Toilets, campground. Click here for a detailed description.

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