Take an exciting 100-mile white water rafting trip through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River—at the gateway to the Grand Canyon—with expert raft guides. 

Starting at: $3,195 Register Interest or Call 833-254-6678
 The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River  Relaxing at the end of the day

Rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

5 days from $3,195

Take an exciting 100-mile white water rafting trip through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River—at the gateway to the Grand Canyon—with expert raft guides. 

or Call 833-254-6678


Call Our Active Journeys Specialists at 833-254-6678 (M-F 10 am - 8 pm ET) or Register Your Interest Online. For calls outside of the U.S., please call 510-852-8350.


Take an exciting 100-mile white water rafting trip on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon, one of the river’s most spectacular stretches with towering walls and exhilarating rapids. Ideal for rafting novices, this journey features three and a half days of riding an oar boat with our expert raft guides as you make your way down the mighty Colorado from Canyonlands National Park. Throughout your trip, your river guides provide expertise about the region’s geologic history, flora and fauna, and early Native American presence and describe John Wesley Powell’s full-length canyon expedition from the Green River to Lake Powell. Your guides also ensure the ideal campsite each evening—from selecting the perfect site to creating scrumptious dinners and fun evenings. You're sure to feel the camaraderie created by running the rapids and evening campfires and take home memories from an exciting active journey. (Daily river rafting of 3 hours, Class II to IV rapids. See our Activity Level Description on the Tour Details tab for more information.)

Highlights Include

  • Active Adventures: With your river guide at the helm, maneuver “big water” rapids that are similar to those found in the Grand Canyon. Enjoy a traditional swim in the warm water found at the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers, plus stop along the way to take easy hikes and try the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

  • Canyonlands National Park: Return to the town of Moab, Utah, by charter plane and enjoy panoramic views of the park’s dramatic landscape of towering cliffs, buttes, and plateaus.

  • Small Group Feature: With a small group of no more than 20 people, you'll quickly develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your River Guides and fellow active travelers—resulting in an interesting and enjoyable trip that is also more flexible! 

  • Tent Camping: For three nights, enjoy deluxe tent camping, set up with assistance by your river guides, which includes cots, pads, sleeping bags, and pillows.


Day 1 – Arrive in Moab, the Heart of the Redrock Canyon Country

Arrive at Moab, Utah airport this afternoon where you will meet your guide for the transfer to the hotel. Enjoy some free time to freshen up before the welcome dinner and river orientation meeting. You’ll be provided with information about the upcoming river trip, receive your dry bags, and have plenty of time for questions and answers with your knowledgeable river guides. (D)

Day 2 – Downriver Adventures Begin

Depart Moab this morning and drive to the put-in of Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. After a short safety briefing, the river ride officially begins! This day will be filled with remarkable scenery as you adjust to the pace of the river and warm desert water.

Stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. At camp this evening, your guides will assist in setting up your tents and orient you to river camping. Appetizers and refreshing beverages will be served by your guides. Enjoy river games before dinner, including horseshoes and bocce ball if you wish.

After dinner tonight, enjoy the sound of the canyon wren closing out the sunset as you adjust to the pace of the red rock canyon. Rafting 3 hours. (B,L,D)

Tonight we will be camping along the river at a private tented River Camp.

Day 3 – Exploring Ruins and Hiking Canyons

Wake up with the sounds of the mighty Colorado River as you sip your coffee or tea to get your day started. After breakfast and packing up your bags, continue your journey downriver.

Stretch your legs during the Loop Hike, which provides spectacular vistas while your rafts continue downriver. A riverside lunch will be waiting on the other side of the hike! The afternoon will be filled with enjoyable water-based activities—with plenty of options to choose from. Try your skills in stand-up paddle boards or inflatable kayaks in the warm water of the Colorado River.

Float past the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. It's a tradition to swim this iconic spot where two of the West’s greatest rivers meet, before you start the journey into Cataract Canyon.

This evening, camp on a large sandy beach and the guides will surprise you with feasts and festivities that you never knew were possible in such a remote location. Hiking 1 mile, 1 hour, 800 feet elevation gain and loss. Rafting 3 hours. (B,L,D)

Tonight we will be camping along the river at a private tented River Camp.

Day 4 – Cataract Canyon and the Big Drop Rapids

Today will be one filled with excitement and thrilling rides through 30 rapids  of Cataract Canyon. Some of these rapids are the best and most classic rapids in the world—such as The Big Drops, which includes Satan’s Gut and Little Niagara Falls. The day will be filled with fun adrenaline, scouting the rapids, and your laughter echoing off the canyon walls.

Tonight will be your last night on the river—and will be a highlight to remember with a special farewell feast. Rafting 3 hours, class III & IV. (B,L,D)

Tonight we will be camping along the river at a private tented River Camp.

Day 5 – Flight over Canyonlands National Park, Afternoon in Moab

Awake for your last day on the river. While today is only a half-day of rafting—about 15 miles on the river—it’s truly one of the most spectacular canyon stretches as you go deeper into the canyon and the towering walls rise higher.

At the takeout, enjoy a light snack and then travel to the Hite Airstrip, where a charter flight will whisk you up and over Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. During your flight enjoy spectacular views of the landscape as you retrace your journey from the air en route back to Moab.

After saying goodbye to your guides and fellow travelers, depart from Moab this afternoon. Or, choose to extend your time in Moab and further explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks on your own. Rafting 1 hour. Walking 1 hour. (B,L)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)