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

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 The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River  Relaxing at the end of the day

Rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

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Take an exciting 100-mile whitewater 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

Overview

Take an exciting 100-mile whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River—through Cataract Canyon at the gateway to the Grand Canyon! Gaze in awe at the dramatic scenery of Canyonlands National Park en route to the put-in place for your rafting adventure. Then for three and a half days, enjoy rafting the mighty Colorado River with our expert raft guides as you make your way through this breathtaking landscape.

Ideal for rafting novices, this trip also includes stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and hiking. Plus, enjoy a traditional swim in the warm waters at the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers. Learn about the region’s geologic history, flora and fauna, and early Native American presence from your guides, who also provide delicious dinners and set up your deluxe tent camping each night. (Daily river rafting of 3 hours, Class II to IV rapids) 

Highlights Include

  • Visit Native American ruins and fascinating geological features
  • Experience thrilling Class III-V rapids along the stunning Colorado River
  • Sleep in our comfortable private camps at the river’s edge each night, complete with a campfire under the stars

Itinerary

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

Arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado airport this afternoon where you will meet your guide. Gather for a brief orientation before heading out for the drive to Moab, Utah.

Once you arrive at the hotel, you’ll have time to check-in and freshen up before the welcome dinner and river orientation meeting. You’ll receive information about the upcoming river trip, your dry bags and answer any questions you have from 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.

You’ll stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. At camp that night, 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. You’ll have a mix of river games to play 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)

Day 3 – Exploring Ruins and Hiking Canyons

This morning you will wake up with the sounds of the mighty Colorado River with coffee and tea to get your day started. After breakfast and packing up your bags, continue your journey downriver.

You will hike the Loop Hike that provides spectacular vistas while your rafts continue down river. 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 paddleboards or inflatable kayaks in the warm water of the Colorado River.

You’ll float past the confluence of the Green River and the Colorado River. It is tradition to swim this iconic spot where two of the West’s greatest rivers meet to then start their journey into Cataract Canyon and onward to the Grand Canyon below.

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

Day 4 – The Big Drop Rapids

Today will be one filled with excitement and thrilling rides over 30 rapids -- the some of the best and classic rapids in the world, called “The Big Drops” including Satin’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)

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

You’ll 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 get deeper and the towering walls rise higher as your approach Lake Powell.

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. You retrace your journey from the air as you land back into Moab, Utah.

From there, transfer back to Grand Junction Airport for flights home. 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)