The Green River starts in Wyoming and flows 291 miles before entering Utah, crossing into Colorado for 42 miles, and then re-entering Utah once again. It then flows for another 400-odd miles before connecting with the Colorado River and emptying into Lake Powell.
It's an impressive waterway popular with paddlers and whitewater rafters, and one of the best places to access it is Green River State Park. Located on the river's western shore in Emery County, Utah, this manicured park is the put-in point for the 120-mile float through Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons -- perfect for beginner and intermediate boaters.
But if you're not a river runner, there's plenty more to see and do in Green River State Park. Some visitors are enticed by the park's nine-hole golf course, with the nearby river providing a scenic backdrop for every drive, chip, and putt. Other park guests prefer to try their luck at fishing, with the river's cool waters home to catfish, carp, and even four unique native species that are facing extinction and are therefore protected.
Green River State Park is also home to a pristine campground, which is tucked away amidst towering cottonwood trees. This setting ensures plenty of shade and also makes it a welcoming environment for a wide variety of birdlife. There are full and partial hookup sites available, with pets more than welcome in the campground.
As always, you'll need to make sure you're a responsible pet owner throughout your visit. This means keeping your pet on a leash of six feet or shorter at all times and disposing of their waste whenever required.
Green River State Park is one of those uniquely beautiful destinations where once you've arrived, it can be very hard to leave. And if you're lucky enough to explore this lovely state park with your dog by your side, you're sure to enjoy every minute of your visit.