Additional Information: River maps and guide books are available through the mail or by phone from the Canyonlands Natural History Association at 3031 South Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532 (435)259-6003.
County Sheriff's have search and rescue jurisdiction on public lands and normally take the lead for such operations. For Desolation Canyon call the Carbon County Sheriff at 435-637-0893 or the Emery County Sheriff 435-381-2404, as appropriate.
Should illness or injury occur to a member of your party while on a river trip, the following procedures are recommended. When the injury or illness is not serious, it is usually best to continue floating downstream to a point where the person can be evacuated by vehicle.
In the event of a serious injury, such as when body movement must be constrained or a life is threatened, helicopter evacuation should be considered. In most cases, the injured party will be billed for this service. Helicopter evacuation may be initiated by contacting the following offices:
Search and Rescue and Emergency Evacuation out of Desolation Canyon:
Carbon County (Dispatch) 435-637-0893
Emery County (Dispatch) 435-381-2404
Eagle Air Service, Price, Utah 1-800-742-8787
St. Mary’s Careflight, Grand Junction, Colorado 800-332-4923
Air Med, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1-800-453-0120
Intermountain Life Flight, Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah
Contact the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation to obtain an accident reporting form.