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From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

1. From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

Enjoy a guided rafting tour for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 or 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Get picked up in Moab and meet your professional guide. Get outfitted with the necessary rafting gear and listen to your guide's safety instructions. Then embark on a wild adventure along the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley part of the river. The trip is about 7 miles and you're sure to get in some splashy rapids. Select the option including lunch to enjoy a buffet-style meal during your tour. At the end of the trip, the shuttle will take you back to Moab.

Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

2. Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

Take the trip of a lifetime down the Colorado River on a 6-person paddle raft through some of the most sublime scenery in the United States. Absorb the majesty of soaring red rock canyons as you splash through the water with an entertaining expert guide. Drive down scenic HWY 128 to the starting point of your adventure, and receive a comprehensive safety talk before rafting through exciting class II/III rapids at Fisher Towers. Soak in the stunning surroundings as you enjoy lunch on a beautiful beach next to the river, before taking another memorable rafting voyage through incredible red rock scenery.

From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

3. From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in Moab. Drive to the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and spend the morning exploring the remote areas of the Island in the Sky district of the park in a 4x4 vehicle. Follow the White Rim Trail, and drive along the narrow switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. See incredible rock and fossil formations, and stop along the way for photos opportunities. After your driving tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Colorado River. Admire majestic views of the river and the surrounding canyons. Finish your tour with an adrenaline-filled rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. Enjoy some whitewater fun, accompanied by professional river guides. At the end of your rafting experience, relax on the beach as your guides prepare for the short drive back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

Moab: Full-Day Colorado Rafting Tour

4. Moab: Full-Day Colorado Rafting Tour

Start your tour heading up scenic byway 128. Your guide will give you information and show you different rock formations along the way. Admire the views of the high canyon walls and the La Sal mountains off in the distance.  After a safety briefing, begin your adventure while admiring the views and enjoying the ride through the rapids. Your guide will give you more information on the areas you pass along the river and the names given to each rapid.  Once you get to Rocky Rapids, your guide will get lunch ready and after lunch you can continue down the Colorado river through a few more rapids and make your way into the canyon. Take in the last few miles inside the canyon walls before making your way back to Moab.

Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

5. Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

Discover Westwater Canyon while riding 3-4 class rapids on this whitewater rafting tour. Learn about the flora and fauna of the area and discover the beauty of the Colorado River together with your guide. Start your tour from the designated meeting point or with hotel pickup in Moab. Hop aboard a shuttle van that will drive you along the scenic Colorado River to the Westwater Canyon boat launch. Take a moment to prepare while your guides ready the boats and provide a pre-launch safety talk. Then, it's time to get on the water.  Head down through the Colorado River's steep narrow gorge. Take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful canyon. Stop at midday to enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch on a sandy beach before getting back onto the river for a majority of the whitewater. After lunch, the real fun begins. Navigate the thrilling section of Class III/IV rapids with unique names like Funnel Falls, Skull, and Sock It To Me. Then relax on calm waters as you near the end of your experience.

From Moab: Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Experience

6. From Moab: Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Experience

Join this tour to experience the world-famous 100-mile section of the Colorado River that passes through Canyonlands National Park and through 30 world-class rapids.   Watch for wildlife as you take in the canyon vistas along the easy stretches of the river. Rafting the Colorado River on a RHIB means there is time for swimming, hiking and relaxing in the shade. Canyonlands National Park is an outstanding wilderness setting, offering great opportunities for taking photos.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Downstream we pass the Confluence of the Green River and Colorado River, and enter the much-anticipated whitewater section. The special whitewater RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) will provide you with a fun and stable ride. These small and competent crafts navigate the thrilling whitewater of the North Seas, Hell-to-Pay, and Big Drop rapids. After hitting the rapids, a 30-mile run across Lake Powell brings you to the end of our trip. You will leave the water at Hite Marina. Return to Moab by ground transportation included in the price.

From Moab: Cataract Canyon 4-Day Guided Tour by Raft and Van

7. From Moab: Cataract Canyon 4-Day Guided Tour by Raft and Van

This canyon run is awesome in its scenic beauty, remoteness, and whitewater. You are about to start a grand expedition into a seldom visited red rock wilderness. Pack your dry bags and keep your cameras near as we shuttle by van from Moab to Mineral Bottom, the put in for our journey. As we push off heading downstream, enjoy the steep canyon walls and solitude of Stillwater Canyon. After a day of exploring, we set up a small, comfortable camp. Relax by the river’s edge, while boatmen become the campfire cooks of a delicious dinner. Dessert is served as the fire casts its shadows on the canyon walls. We fall asleep under a canopy of stars to the rivers sound. Formed where ancient stream beds flowed, lines of shale separate the sandstone and limestone layers of the canyon. Search for marine fossils as we make another Green River camp. Campfire stories of explorers, outlaws and ancient Native American tribes lead us into a star filled evening. The Confluence of the two great southwestern rivers lies just below two big bends of the Green River. The White Rim Sandstone is 1200’ overhead and large angular blocks have rolled down the talus slopes. Sediments from the Green and Colorado rivers swirl as the two rivers merge. Just below Spanish Bottom is the famed whitewater of Cataract Canyon. Guides go over safety instructions before the much anticipated first wave of Brown Betty. Thirty rapids, ranging in difficulty up to class V, roll through the canyon. Legendary rapids like the Big Drops, Mile Long, and Hell to Pay challenge river runners. We make our final camp along the banks of the Colorado River charged by the whitewater thrill of Cataract Canyon. In the morning we begin our dash across Lake Powell. We stop along the way to explore one of the most spectacular side canyons before arriving at Hite Marina. Here many of our guests opt to take the scenic flight back over Canyonlands to Moab, describing their 45-minute journey as the "icing on the cake". Prices and timetables for the return options are listed below.

Cisco: Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Trip with Lunch

8. Cisco: Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Trip with Lunch

If you are looking for an exciting full-day rafting trip, this is the trip for you. This stretch of the Colorado River is a mix of calm and wild rapids for 17.6 miles from Westwater Ranger Station to the Cisco take-out. There will be sections of calm water to take in the views and the stunning canyon walls, with a long stretch of consistent Class III-IV rapids. To minimize impact on this fragile environment, the Bureau of Land Management permits only a small number of people on the river each day so a guided trip is your best chance at getting on the water! Start the day meeting at the meeting point and get the boats ready for push off! Then enjoy the morning floating down the canyon towards the rapids. Enjoy the uniquely colored black rock cliffs and red sandstone walls of the canyon. After a calm float down the river, you'll go through all 11 class III-IV rapids, starting with Little Dolores and then navigate through Skull, and finish in Last Chance. After conquering all the action-packed rapids and working up an appetite, you'll get to enjoy a riverside lunch with beautiful scenery. Finish the day with a nice calm stretch of water to the take-out at Cisco and then get transported back to the meeting point.

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What people are saying about Utah

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 33 reviews

I visited Moab by myself and signed up for the 6 hour rafting trip. There were 2 other people (a couple) and Sav, our leader. It was a great time on the river! Sav talked about the geology in the canyon and pointed out a bald eagle flying by and nesting on the canyon wall. We also floated past the set of Horizon, Kevin Costner’s latest movie project. It was just a delightful day despite a few rain showers, that actually, made the trip more interesting in a way. I highly recommend it!

Josh was a great guide. Friendly, knowledgeable, and a good guy. We did the 6-hour tour of the Colorado river. It was mostly calm waters with a few fun bumps. I think next time we will go with a higher grade of whitewater. But this was a beautiful, scenic ride. Our only slight complaint is the fact that the shuttle bus did not have seatbelts.

Katie was very fun, relaxed and informative. Her knowledge and skill were on point. Had we known we would have felt so comfortable, we would have gone up to a higher class of rapids.

Rafting very tame, guide Dave excellent and he made us a delicious lunch. Actual ride about two hours.

Great river guide and lots of fun! I felt very safe and comfortable and enjoyed it thoroughly!