Canyonlands National Park and Rafting Cataract Canyon
"The landscape everywhere, away from the river, is of rock — cliffs of rock, tables of rock, plateaus of rock, terraces of rock, crags of rock — ten thousand strangely carved forms, ... cathedral shaped buttes, towering hundreds or thousands of feet, cliffs that cannot be scaled, and canyon walls that shrink the river into insignificance, with vast hollow domes and tall pinnacles and shafts set on the verge overhead; and all highly colored."
John Wesley Powell - Exploration of the Colorado River of the West (1875)
*Rafting through the Famous Big Drop Rapids
*Spectacular Hiking Opportunities
*Red Rock Scenery and Slickrock Landscapes
*Brilliant Star Filled Night Skies
*Ancestral Puebloan Ruins
*River Running History
*Big Spring Run-offs
Why Take a Rafting Journey Through Canyonlands National Park?
Canyonlands is the kind of place that captures your spirit. Each time you float down the river or hike up a side canyon or sit on a ledge you give a piece of yourself to the land. Canyonlands National Park is cut by the Green and the Colorado Rivers. Below their confluence is one of the most exciting stretches of whitewater on the entire Colorado River. Cataract Canyon's rapids become bigger than those of the Grand Canyon during spring run-off. For those who want a less exciting ride the rapids become much smaller during the lower water of the late summer and fall.
Exploring Cataract Canyon
One of the most important discoveries of John Wesley Powell's 1869 river expedition was finding confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Powell camped for multiple nights taking scientific readings and plotting the longitude and latitude where the two rivers come together. Today the confluence is still a very powerful place. River runners generally consider the confluence the center of the rafting universe. After all, most of what has been learned about running rivers came directly from the Green and Colorado. Long before Powell traversed the rivers native americans lived in the area. Remnants of their inhabitation include granaries and rock art.
The Best Way to See Canyonlands National Park
If you're looking for an all-around river adventure, our Cataract Canyon rafting trip is a great choice for your river vacation. There are many off-river hiking opportunities, the geology is exceptional, the camping is nice, and the scenery is beautiful. In addition you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife that may include: bighorn sheep and mule deer, coyotes, ring-tailed cats, mountain lions, and many different birds.
The Beginning of Your Cataract Canyon Journey
The starting point for our rafting trips in Canyonlands is scenic Moab, Utah. We operate rafting trips on both the Green River side and Colorado River side of Canyonlands National Park. The trips ends at Hite Marina on the upper stretches of Lake Powell. Trips conclude with a scenic flight back up the Colorado River and over Canyonlands National Park to the Moab airport.
May 23-25, May 28-30, June 19-21, July 3-5
Special high water and holiday weekend trips.
June 7-10, June 14-17, June 28-July 1, July 5-8,
Our traditional deluxe motorized trip with more time for hiking and exploring off-river.
July 19-24, July 26-31, Aug. 2-7, Aug. 9-13
A more leisurely-paced trip using non-motorized 18-foot rafts.
May 17-26 - 10-Day Hiking & Geology Expedition hosted by Wayne Ranney
Includes 7 days of rafting, Canyonlands National Park off-road land tour, and 3 nights lodging/meals at Red Cliffs Lodge.
July 7-16 - 10-Day Dory & Music Trip
Starts at Westwater Ranger Station and ends at North Wash
Learn More About Rafting the Colorado River Through Cataract Canyon
The raft we use most in Cataract Canyon is our 22' Snout Rig. It accommodates 7-9 passengers and provides a great ride in the rapids of Cataract Canyon.
If the water level of Cataract Canyon gets extremely high we trade in our snout rigs for our bigger Grand Canyon style rafts.
Our 18-foot row rafts accomodate 4-5 passengers plus the guide who rows the boat.
Our Paddle Rafts hold 6-8 passengers plus a guide who steers the raft.
To many people the off-river hiking is as spectacular as the river corridor itself. We specialize in off-river hiking on all of our river expeditions. We are certain you will see places on our expeditions most river travelers miss.
Upon arrival, each participant will be given a large water-proof bag for clothing and personal items. Another water-proof bag will contain your provided sleeping bag, foam Paco Pad, and a large plastic ground tarp. Our water-proof bags are 30 inches high and have a diameter of 14 inches.
Each participant will also receive an ammo can. It is always readily accesible during the day and is the best place to keep sunscreen, cameras, notebooks, etc.
Our Kitchen includes everything we need to make delicious food. Dutch Ovens, Fire Pans, Propane Stove, Tables, and Drink Coolers. Our boats carry everything we need for the entire trip.
Cots are provided for all guests on our "Motorized Rafting" expeditions.
Our sleep kit includes a fresly laundered sleeping bag. Our sleeping bags are made in the USA by Wiggy Inc. Wiggy also makes sleeping bags for the US Airforce.
We supply tents from Kelty & ALPS, but generally the night sky is so spectacular that most people want to sleep out under the stars.
We supply camp chairs on all of our rafting expeditions.
A handwash device is set-up at lunch and in camp. It is mandatory for guests to wash hands before meals and after using the bathroom.
One of our toilets is always enclosed by a roomy yellow tent. It allows privacy as well as a place to change your clothes.
Our specially designed toilet makes the fear of using camp toilets go away. It is the most sanitary and clean toilet ever to be used on an outdoor expedition. It has a fly proof lid and utilizes a special chemical along with specially designed plastic bags that allow it to be set-up clean everyday. It has the ability to hold solid waste as well as urine. Along with the toilet, Lysol and toilet paper are always located inside the tent.
Speak With A Cataract Canyon Rafting Expert
We've done our best to design a website that is informative and easy to use, but we realize you may still have some questions. If that's the case, please call our office and get the information you need right away. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have been on all of the river trips offered by our company and can speak to you from experience. You won't have to press a sequence of buttons, and there's even a good chance one of our owners will answer the phone directly and assist you.
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. We also check for messages over the weekend. Call us at (800) 253-7328
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Cataract Canyon River Trip Photos
Canyonlands National Park
Last Minute Westwater Canyon and Cataract Canyon 2014 Special Offer
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