The Virgin River, flowing through spectacular Washington County, Utah, offers a rare chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Virgin River Gorge as well as its exciting whitewater. After flowing leisurely out of Zion National Park and past the city of St. George, the river begins its descent through the Virgin River Gorge. The riverbed is steep, dropping an average of 70 feet per mile - 10 times steeper than the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
As one of the few western rivers not dam controlled, the Virgin River's water level depends solely on the annual snowpack of the surrounding mountains. Spring runoff period is the only time the Virgin is raftable. Low water levels due to a statewide drought the past several years has made the Virgin River temporarily unraftable; please check with local outfitters before planning a trip down the river.