Utah is home to some of the greatest snow on earth. Guess what happens when it melts? Yes long flowing rivers through beautiful valleys. Approximately three percent of Utah's surface is covered by water.
This section of the virgin river takes 1.5 to 2 hours to float down. Tubing in the national park is not allowed, so get in right at the border of the park. Utah law requires life jackets be used in any body of water with a moving current. Police are known to hand out tickets frequently, so use one of expect to pay a fine. Heads up! The river can get quite low at the end of summer, so best months to tube are May-July. Check the current water flow rates on the USGS website. Ideal tubing conditions on the Virgin River are between 40 and 110 CFS: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?09405500
The Provo River is fed by the Deer Creek Resevoir and reports are it can be a little chilly. Best to go on a hot summer day. Water flows are heaviest in May and can be dangerous. Best to wait until the weather warms up and the water level goes down. This length of the Provo River takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Life jackets are required in Utah on any body of water with a moving current. The police do hand out tickets frequently along the Provo. Heads up!
The tubing route has fun rapids frequently down the entire float. Best for stronger swimmers and not for children. Most sections are classified Class II, but some are class III. Best to walk around the rougher patches or at least get out and take a look before pushing through.
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