Grand Canyon Rafting
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  • Telefax: 801-268-1193
  • E-Mail: crate@crateinc.com
  • Post Office Box 57575
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 84157-0575

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.

Cataract Canyon Rafting Dates and Prices

2014 • 2015 • 2016

Cataract Canyon
Canyonlands National Park

Colorado River & Green River

Meet in Moab, Utah
The standard transportation package for all Cataract Canyon expeditions includes a scenic charter flight back to Moab at the conclusion of the river trip. The cost of the flight ($120) will be added to your account balance when we confirm your reservation. Other transportation arrangements are possible. Please contact us for more information.
4-Day
Motor
May 24-27, May 31-June 3, June 7-10, June 14-17, June 21-24, June 28-July 1, July 5-8 $1,225.00
5-Day Rowing July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6, August 30-September 3, September 6-10 $1,525.00
10-Day Geology/Hiking May 17-26-- Hosted by Wayne Ranney--Includes 7 Days Rafting, Canyonlands Tour by Offroad Vehicle, 3-Nights Lodging at Red Cliffs Lodge $3,350.00
1-Day Rowing
Cataract Canyon Map

Cataract Canyon Rafting Trip Options

Enjoying Indian Creek in Canyonlands National Park from a river trip

NOTE: All of these trips can be combined with a stay at the Red Cliffs Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River, a horesback ride, and a Hummer tour if desired. To find out about the added cost of this option just call our office at (800)253-7328.

4-Day Cataract Canyon Rafting Expedition

Our 4-day itinerary allows plenty of time for some great off-river hiking, as well as extended periods of peace and quiet for relaxation and contemplation. During most water levels we use are sporty 22-foot motorized rafts. During extremely high water we break out our custom designed 35' rafts. This trip generally originates in Moab and ends with a scenic charter flight back to Moab.

5-Day Cataract Canyon Rafting Expedition

Our 5-day itinerary uses oar rafts, and people powered paddle rafts if requested to navigate the river and rapids. Mid-summer is a great time for this trip as the water has dropped exposing nice sandy beaches and the river has warmed up allowing for swimming and playing in the water. The rapids are still exciting, but not as big as during the high flows in the spring.

7-Day Rafting-Hiking-Exploring-Photography

This trip is continually a favorite amongst our guides who claim if you can only do three rafting trips in a lifetime this should be one of them along with our Spring Hiking trip in Grand Canyon, and one of our Alaska Adventures on the Tatshenshini or Alsek. This trip traverses the Green River side of Canyonlands National Park and offers opportunities to hike deep into the Maze District and view the confluence of the Green and Colorado River from the Island in the Sky. This trip originates in Moab and ends with a scenic charter flight over Canyonlands National Park back to Moab.

Learn More About Rafting the Colorado River Through Cataract Canyon

Big Drop 3 whitewater rapid splashes the raft
Snout Rig in the Big Drops

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.

Leyland raft

If the water level of Cataract Canyon gets extremely high we trade in our snout rigs for our bigger Grand Canyon style rafts.

Rowing Big Drop 3

Our 18-foot row rafts accomodate 4-5 passengers plus the guide who rows the boat.

Paddle Raft in Rapids

Our Paddle Rafts hold 6-8 passengers plus a guide who steers the raft.

Indian Creek Waterfall

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.

Demaree Bags

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.

Waterproof Dry Box

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.

The Colorado RIver Kitchen

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.

Woman Sitting on Cot on River Trip

Cots are provided for all guests on our "Motorized Rafting" expeditions.

paco Pad

Wiggy's Sleeping Bags

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.

Tent Photo

We supply tents from Kelty & ALPS, but generally the night sky is so spectacular that most people want to sleep out under the stars.

Camp Chairs

We supply camp chairs on all of our rafting expeditions.

Handwash set-up

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.

Bathroom facility on rafting trip

One of our toilets is always enclosed by a roomy yellow tent. It allows privacy as well as a place to change your clothes.

Toilet Photo

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.

Beautiful Camp Setting in Canyonlands National Park

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

We try to respond to email in a timely fashion, and so if it's more convenient for you to send us a note, just use this link: crate@crateinc.com.

Cataract Canyon River Trip Photos

Canyonlands National Park

  • Photography Ancient Hand Prints at Lathrop Canyon
  • Colorado River LunchRiverside Lunch
  • Cataract Canyon Whitewater RaftingWhitewater Rafting in Cataract Canyon
  • Canyonlands OverlookHiking in Canyonlands
  • Flowers Blooming at Little Bridge CanyonNice Campsites
  • Row Raft in Cataract CanyonOar Boat in Cataract Canyon
  • Big Wave in Mile Long RapidMile Long Rapids
  • Big Drop 3 RapidsRunning an Oar Boat Through Big Drop 3 in Low Water
  • Playing Guitar on a Cataract Canyon TripMusic Around the Campfire
  • Yoga on the banks of the Colorado RiverNamaste
  • Motor Rafts at Little Bridge canyonUnloading our Motorized Rafts at Little Bridge Canyon
  • aEveryone Enjoying Dinner Together
  • Hiking on a Canyonlands Rafting TripHiking Off-River on a Cataract Canyon River Trip
  • Cataract Canyon in UtahPlaying in the Colorado River
  • Cataract Canyon Whitewater River TripsThe Thrill of Whitewater
Red Special Offer

Last Minute Westwater Canyon and Cataract Canyon 2014 Special Offer

July and August "RED SPECIAL OFFER," Based on availability
10% Group Discount for 4 or more people traveling together on any of the below trips.
10% Group Discount and 1 Free Trip for 15 or more people traveling together
15% Group Discount and 1 Free Trip for 20 or more people traveling together

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  • Oar RaftCataract Canyon has exciting rapids all year long.
  • aMany people consider Canyonlands National Park the most beautiful scenery on Earth.
  • Hike In addition to rafting, we specialize in taking off river excursions and hikes to beautiful places you might miss otherwise.
  • 2Our trip are "All-Inclusive" and we supply all of your camping gear including Cots, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Foam Pads, and Waterproof Bags for clothing.
  • Cataract Canyon Big Drop 3Big Drop 3 in Low Water, the red water is from a recent rainstorm.
  • aCataract Canyon is a great way to bring your friends and family together with out distractions.
  • Camp Set-upCanyonlands is rich in archaeology and history.
  • aOur Cataract Canyon trips offer plenty of time for photography, relaxation, and hiking.
  • aThis trip on the Colorado River is great for couples, families, and individuals.
  • hiking in canyonlandsOn our Fall Hiking Emphasis Trips we do even more hiking than during the Summer. We travel deep into the Maze district and explore the Island in the Sky.