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Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure from Moab

Moab, United States
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In Canyonlands National Park, there’s a rugged beauty to the natural surroundings unlike anywhere else in the country, where the reddish brown rocks and enveloping silence create an isolated amphitheater of calm. That is, of course, unless you’re shrieking and smiling while splashing down Class V rapids as you raft through Cataract Canyon. On this 100-mile (160-km) full-day journey experience unforgettable scenery from the seat of a motorized raft. Able to handle both whitewater and flat water, this raft is the perfect method of transport for rafting in Canyonlands National Park.
  • Full-day rafting trip through Cataract Canyon, from Moab
  • Enjoy the combination of thrills and relaxation of traveling on a motorized raft with an expert guide
  • Run more than 30 white-water rapids rated up to Class V
  • Swim, hike and have lunch at calm points along the river
  • Enjoy a world-class experience with time to soak in the beauty of the red rock canyon landscape
  • Hike to waterfalls in side canyons and camp near the river if you choose the overnight option
  • Includes all meals on the river, lifejackets and river gear, and transportation to the river
  • Choose from three options at the end of the trip: return to Moab by ground transportation, by scenic flight or have your personal vehicle shuttled to Hite for your arrival
For a Canyonlands adventure you’ll never forget, raft the rapids of the Colorado River on an RHIB, or rigid hull inflatable boat, which can not only motor through the calm sections of river and offer a scenic cruise, but can handle rapids that swell to Class V during early summer snow melts. Hold on tight as you splash through rapids with names like Big Drop and Hell-to-Pay, and even during fall when the river isn’t as high; the whitewater sections are still wild enough for a thrilling, heart-pounding journey. 

On the calmer sections of river you can swim or relax on the riverbank, and, if you choose to spend a night on the river, hike to waterfalls up hidden canyons to continue your Utah adventure. Throughout the journey your guide will both keep you safe and provide details on the park, from the wildlife, geology, landscape and history of the canyons to the rocks all around you. Read the Itinerary for full details on the tour options.


1-Day White-Water Rafting Tour:

After making your way to the meeting point in central Moab, travel by van to the put-in site on the river at Potash, located about 45 minutes away. Receive a safety briefing and lifejacket, then hit the Colorado River about an hour after leaving Moab.

On the 1-day trip, you raft the entire 100-mile Cataract Canyon section of the Colorado River, traveling through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Experience the thrill of 30 world-class rapids rated Class IV and V, considered one of the finest full-day white-water rafting expeditions.

During the quiet upper river miles, look for wildlife, take in sweeping canyon vistas and enjoy amazing photo ops. Around mid-day, stop on a beach on the banks of the river to feast on a buffet-style picnic lunch.

Afterward, head downstream past the confluence of the Green River with the Colorado. Expect to get wet and hang on tight as your guide steers your boat through white water that provides lots of adrenaline-fueled fun.

At the end of the day, a 30-mile (48-meter) run across Lake Powell brings you to Hite Marina. After arriving at around 6pm, choose from three options: transfer to the van for the 2.5-hour return trip, take a scenic flight back to Moab or have your personal vehicle shuttled to Hite.
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Marsha G
, Sep 2017
This was our first time of whitewater rafting, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We went during the high water season due to the large snow fall this past winter, and it was wet and wild. Our guide was Glenn who was very informative. Highly recommend!!

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Our guide Larry used 4WD roads to take us to difficult to reach locations such as Dinosaur tracks and Tower Arch in addition to most normal Arches NP sites.
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Fabulous sites while John kept us entertained!

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What a fun and wonderful way to see the park. We had John for a driver/guide, and in the sections with longer drives between sights he regaled us with local history and his own experiences. He told us some wonderful stories, that have us wanting to look further into local history. He is a Fabulous guide and driver!
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Great Time at Arches

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We totally enjoyed the adventure. Phil was great. He had stories and facts about everywhere we went. We learned a ton about the ecological system in Arches. What an amazing place. Thanks Phil and Viator.
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Tour outside the Park

star-4Carole K
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab | Oct 2019
I enjoyed our tour and Phil but would have liked to enter Canyonlands Park for awhile. I did not realize none of the tour would be in the Park.
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Amazing Arches National Park tour by 4X4

Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab | Oct 2019
Yancey who was our guide and driver was excellent in describing the habitat and the damage caused by walking or driving of path. We had an adventuresome ride on difficult 4X4 roads in a comfortable and air conditioned Land Cruiser. Yancey showed us tower arch that is only seen by those wishing to take a 4X4 or a very long hike. as well as the marching man area. We stopped several times to get out for taking pictures or getting closer to some of the attractions. Yancey offered different options as to what we wanted to do.
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great ride with MC

Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab | Oct 2019
we went with MC through the back entrance so didn't deal with the entrance crowds and he took us on a few arches that the day visitor woudn't know about. He was really knowledgeable about the park and was alot of fun!
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Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab | Oct 2019
Thought we would see more of the actual Arches park. Spent most time back country on the 4x4 (which was very fun) but drove (quickly) by most of the more notable attractions at front of park only on way ou (for example did not go to the windows section at all). Very good tour group and organization. Might have been our fault in not understanding the tour.
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What an amazing experience

star-5Luke S
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab | Oct 2019
The view were incredible and far beyond what you could see on your own. I didn't feel rushed. Our guide Yancy was wonderful.
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John was a great guide

Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab | Oct 2019
It was nice to have Johns expertise so we could relax and enjoy the scenery and the stories. it was a fun trip.
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We really enjoyed our trip with Tony as our guide. His knowledge of geology and history of the area was great. Would highly recommend this adventure!
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Great trip

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Our guide Phil was great and we had enjoyed a great time and a relatively easy ride, comparing with the second one we took to the Needles the following day.
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Life-time experience

Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4 | Oct 2019
Our guide Ben was great and we had a life-time experience even for seniors like us who already have had extensive experiences with traveling all over the US and the world. .
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Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab | Sep 2019
Yancy was great! Professional driver and interesting guide! Every detail was explained and we had a chance to ask questions...
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Great way to see Canyonlands

star-5Heidi J
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab | Sep 2019
After having to change our sunset tour to 1:00 because there was a 3 person minimum we had a great time. They seemed a little unorganized at first, we met our driver/tour guide, Larry. He was knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts about what we were seeing. The scenery was fabulous and so was the ride (a little bumpy at times) but this off road experience was a once in a lifetime experience.
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