Adrenaline Rush with Rafting Trips in Cataract Canyon
Famous for its Big Drop rapids, Cataract Canyon provides the ultimate adventure for thrill-seekers. Located in the heart of Canyonlands National Park, this canyon serves as the meeting point for Green and Colorado Rivers, which rafters and kayakers refer to as "The Confluence".
The excitement of a Cataract Canyon rafting trip is unlike any other, especially when the tide is high during the early summer. The rafting trip offers much more than the thrill of the rapids; it takes you closer to Utah's largest and least accessible park. The surging current from Green and Colorado Rivers provides an exciting voyage that leads to Ancestral-Puebloan rock art sites, granaries, and a maze of monolithic rocks called "The Doll's House".
Discovering Cataract Canyon
In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell and his men planned an expedition to sail through the Green and Grand Rivers. While they were not sure of the obstacles that lay before them, there was one thing that made them push through with their expedition: to find the confluence of the two rivers. After a long journey, Powell and his men finally came across the juncture and set up camp on its banks. Today, this camp is one of the significant landmarks in Canyonlands National Park and serves as a reminder of the journey made by Powell and his small group of explorers.
The Ultimate River Rafting Adventure
If you're looking for an all-around river adventure, our Cataract Canyon rafting trip is the best choice for your outdoor vacation. Go back in time and learn about the geology and pre-history of canyon country. Explore the landscapes and the traverse the hiking trails before facing the strong rapids of the great rivers. We offer motorized rafting trips during the high tides of spring and summer, and rowing expeditions when smaller rafts are more suitable for the water levels.
Camping is a plus when you go on our river rafting trip. We set camps on sandbar beaches to make explorations more fun and exciting. If time and weather permit, we can take you to ancient ruins and hiking trails over the Loop, the Land of Standing Rocks, and the Doll's House.
Our Cataract Canyon rafting trip also brings you closer to the wilderness. We will take you to places where you can observe herds of desert bighorn sheep and mule deer. Coyotes, ring-tailed cats, and mountain lions also inhabit the area.
The Beginning of Your Cataract Canyon Journey
The starting point for our rafting trip will be on the scenic Moab, Utah. Throughout the trip, you'll encounter narrow gorges and miles of rapids in quick succession. You'll pass through Mile Long, Satan's Gut, and Big Drop, which are the best spots for Class III-IV whitewater trips.
The final stop for our river rafting trip will be Hite Marina on Lake Powell. As we reach the banks, the marvelous sights and clear waters of Canyonlands will greet you and provide the perfect backdrop for your photos. It's the best way to end your river rafting odyssey.
Contact us for more information about our rafting trips.
|May 11-14, May 18-21, May 25-28, June 1-4, June 8-11, June 15-18, June 22-25, June 29-July 2, July 6-9||$1,200.00|
|5-Day Rowing||July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, Aug. 3-7, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, Sept. 7-11||$1,500.00|
|10-Day Geology/Hiking||May 25-30 -- Rafting & Hiking Expedition -- This special 6-day trip down the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon and Canyonlands National Park allows an extended period of time for off-river hiking and exploration. See the canyon country back areas as you hike side canyons like Lathrop Canyon and Indian Creek and take day hikes into the Dolls House and other remote areas that are accessible from the river.||$1,400.00|
May 2-11 - SPRING IN CANYONLANDS WITH WAYNE RANNEY
Explore Canyonlands National Park via the Green and Colorado Rivers, raft the famous whitewater of Cataract Canyon, and enjoy a pre-rafting trip hike in Island in the Sky with geologist, author, and interpreter Wayne Ranney. Includes 3 nights of lodging at the Red Cliff's Lodge and a scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park.
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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