Labyrinth Canyon River

How to Obtain a Permit

Permits may be downloaded from and emailed to A copy of the permit the user has submitted to the BLM must be in the trip leader's possession while in Labyrinth Canyon and all permit stipulations must be followed. Contact the BLM Moab Field Office for further information at 435-259-2100.

Trip Information

A trip through Labyrinth Canyon on the lower Green River can be enjoyed spring through mid fall. It is an easy, flat-water stretch suitable for canoes, kayaks and rafts of all types. The heaviest use is between Easter and Labor Day. Motorized watercraft occasionally use this portion of the river. 

The river water level fluctuates throughout the summer. Peak runoff from mountain snowmelt generally occurs from the end of May to mid June. The river water level gradually decreases to its low point in the fall and winter. July and August are the hottest months and afternoon thunderstorms are common during this time of year. Motorboats must share the channel, including times of low flow.

Recreationist should plan for a minimum of three to four days to float the 68 river-miles from the town of Green River, Utah to Mineral Bottom. An alternative launch from Ruby Ranch results in a 45-mile trip. There is a fee to use this private launch location with hours from sunrise to sunset, daily. Much of the land between the town of Green River and Ruby Ranch, 23 miles downstream, is privately owned. Below Ruby Ranch, most of the land is state or federally managed.

Camping regulations can be found on the permit. Utah State boating and fishing regulations apply.

The area is remote and services are non-existent. Your group must be self-contained and self-reliant to deal with emergencies. Cell phone service is not available within the canyons. Plan to carry all your drinking water. Check the weather and fire restrictions prior to beginning your trip.

The usual take-out is at the Mineral Bottom Boat Ramp. Access to Mineral Bottom is via State Route 313 north of Moab. A sign marks the turnoff to Mineral Bottom (approximately 12 miles up State Route 313). The 16 miles of dirt road to the take-out are usually in good condition, but can be very slick and impassible when wet. This road is best suited to vehicles with high ground clearance, especially the switchbacks and last mile to the take-out. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended.

Commercial shuttles may be available to take you back to your vehicle. You can find a list of companies with permits to provide river shuttle on our website.  

Contact Information

(435) 259-2100

Office Hours: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm (MDT), Monday - Friday


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Canyon Country District: Labyrinth Canyon



Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood

Geographic Coordinates

38.98880143, -110.150448


Launch sites for the Labyrinth Canyon trip are Green River State Park or Ruby Ranch. Ruby Ranch is private property and there is a fee to use of the boat ramp.

The takeout is at Mineral Bottom. To access the takeout from Utah Highway 191 travel west on Utah State Route 313 for 12 miles. Turn west on a road signed "Mineral Bottom Road". The river is located about 16 miles west on this dirt road. Note: the last part of the drive descends steep switchbacks down to the river. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for this portion of the road.