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Colorado River Rafting

Rafting in Utah on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon has it all: breathtaking scenery, easy floating and wild, Class III whitewater. Add to that rollicking Utah hiking expeditions by foot in Utah’s dramatic canyon country among multi-million-year-old rock formations and you have a white water rafting adventure suitable for the whole gang. Explore Canyonlands National Park created in the wake of the John Wesley Powell expedition of 1869 and get a taste of the wild wet waters of the Colorado River from the deck of your paddle raft. Have you no fear? Then crank your adventure up a notch with a trip down Cataract Canyon in late spring. Snow melt from the Rockies yields big runoff and massive Class IV-V rapids and some of the country’s most exciting whitewater on a Cataract Canyon rafting trip. Go for it! 

Cataract Canyon rafting trip begins with a scenic drive from Moab to Potash

  • Enter Meander Canyon and watch for petroglyphs
  • Float leisurely into Canyonlands National Park
  • Spectacular side canyons, prehistoric ruins, seasonal waterfalls and incredible vistas
  • Lathrop Ruin and ancient pictographs of solstice calendar
  • Explore Indian Creek’s fascinating Native American ruins
  • Float past Pyramid Butte, the mighty Goose Neck and Dead Horse Point (immortalized in the movie Thelma and Louise)
  • Meet the confluence of the Green River where Cataract Canyon begins, hinting at the whitewater to come
  • Major rapids begin at Spanish Bottom where it is possible to see a fading 1893 inscription from the steamer, Major Powell
  • Enter the Maze District and hike 1,200 feet up to the Doll House where you can view the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park from a unique vantage point
  • Challenge Brown Betty, Mile Long, Capsize and the legendary Big Drop Rapids
  • Enter Lake Powell at Hite and enjoy scenic flight back to Moab

Departure dates:

 Sundays: April - October 

Specialty Departures:

Adult Only: June 4; August 6; September 24

Solo Traveler: May 14

Stars with Lars Astronomy: September 17 

Price List

Prices subject to National Park Service Approval