Utah July 20, 2016
Float This Utah River For An Unforgettable Experience
Have you ever floated a river? It’s so much fun! Gather your friends and family, rent a bunch of tubes, grab a couple coolers full of frosty beverages and float down the river together. Of course, you’ll need a few other items:
A life jacket (Utah state law requires one)
Plenty of sunscreen
Water shoes or sandals that strap on (you’ll lose your flip flops)
A ride back to your car
You can float lazily down several of Utah’s rivers, but the Provo just might be the best.
Consider renting tubes from an outfitter.
You’ll want heavy-duty tubes that won’t puncture during your trip, and you need life jackets, too. Outfitters such as
High Country Adventures
offer both, and will give you a shuttle ride up the canyon so that your car will be waiting for you at the bottom. If you have your own tube, you’ll drive up Provo Canyon for about four miles, then turn right just before the dam bridge.
Start just below the dam bridge.
Strap on your life jackets, gather everyone up and climb on your tubes! High Country Adventures recommends that children younger than 14 be tied to parents’ tubes for the trip.
Float with a group of your friends,
Hold hands with your sweetheart,
or see how many kids you can fit on one float.
The more the merrier! Unless you add too many and sink, that is.
Enjoy floating blissfully down the river.
From just below the dam bridge to Vivian Park is a distance of around five miles. It will take you about two hours for the entire trip.
The Provo River offers plenty of calm waters for relaxing and splashing.
Relax, grab a cold beverage, or have water fights with your friends.
A few spots along the river feature slightly wilder water for more excitement.
Hold on tight!
Watch out for the Heber Creeper Bridge!
About halfway down the river, you'll see the Heber Creeper trestle bridge. Navigating this part can be tricky, since branches and debris gather there, and the current eddies, pulling you toward the pilings. Pull off to the side of the river and walk around the bridge for safety.
Have you ever floated the Provo River?