Rafting Cataract Canyon and Canyonlands National Park in October is Hikers Delight

Hiking in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park

Hiking off-river in Canyonlands National Park

Our Autumn Canyonlands National Park rafting trip with an emphasis on off-river hiking is one of the best rafting trips on the planet.  Not only will guests have the thrill of running the famous rapids of Cataract Canyon.  They will also have plenty of time to hike to the most scenic and hard to get to places in Canyonlands National Park.

The rafting trips follows the Green River, starting approximately 42 miles upriver of its confluence with the mighty Colorado River and the start of Cataract Canyon.  While on the Green River section rafters will hike to historic Fort Bottom, explore the Turk’s Head, and follow the old stove pipe trail up into the Island in the Sky and the Confluence Overlook.  Depending on time and hiking ability of the group, hikes to Water Canyon, Shot Canyon, and Chimney Rock in the Maze District are a possibility.  In addition, time will be spent exploring around camp and checking out less popular canyons and ruins.  The river is low this time of year and there will be gigantic sandbars to set up camp on.

After the confluence with the Colorado River, participants will enjoy spectacular views of the Doll’s House before rushing into the famous rapids of Cataract Canyon.  The rapids start out slow with Brown Betty, grow in size with the Mile Long series, and then become big and exciting with the famous Big Drops.  After a night in Cataract Canyon the trip will leave the rapids and head toward the headwaters of Lake Powell with great hiking opportunities still abounding in Dark, Bowdie, and Clearwater Canyons.  The trip ends at Hite Marina on Lake Powell.

Our Autumn Cataract Canyon rafting trip is scheduled for October 9-16 in 2011.  Space is still available.  Don’t miss the best hiking and rafting trip in Utah.  Sign up Now!  Or give us a call at (800)253-7328 to learn about all of the details.

Happy 95th Birthday National Park Service!

NPS turns 95 Today!

Happy 95th Birthday NPS

Today marks the 95th Birthday of the National Park Service.  The National Park Service Organic Act was signed on August 25, 1916 by Woodrow Wilson establishing the National Park Service as an agency of the United States Department of the Interior.  The act was sponsored by Representative William Kent (I) of California and Senator Reed Smoot (R) of Utah. The first appointed NPS director was Stephen Mather, who took on the responsibility of supervising and maintaining all designated national parks, battlefields, historic places, and monuments.  Prior to the signing of the NPS Organic Act National Parks and Monuments were managed locally, or by the US Army with varying degrees of success.  The act gave us the eloquent and famous passage on the duty of the newly formed NPS:

“… to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Colorado River and Trail Expeditions is very thankful for the foresight of the individuals and organizations that fought to protect wild places and preserve open spaces.  We operate in three National Parks in the United States.  We offer whitewater rafting tours in Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, and Glacier Bay.  We also operate in Kluane National Park and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in Canada.

Our Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips travel all 278 miles along the Colorado River through the heart of Grand Canyon National Park.  The Grand Canyon did not become a National Park until 1919 after a long fight to protect it.

Our Cataract Canyon rafting trips travel through the heart of Canyonlands National Park where the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers come together, separating Canyonlands into three distinct areas: The Maze, The Needles, and The Island in the Sky.  Whitewater bigger than the Grand Canyon abounds in the spring.  When the water drops and the temperatures cool down in the fall we do incredible fall hiking and rafting tours to see the sights of the hard to get to “martian landscape.”

Our Alaska rafting trips are the best way to see Kluane, Tatshenshini-Alsek, and Glacier Bay National Parks.  The land is true wilderness where wolverines, bears, moose, and wolves rule the landscape.  These rafting tours give plenty of time to see the sites and enjoy the experience of hiking on Walker Glacier and watching icebergs break off into Alsek Lake.

The National Parks were the United State’s best idea, and we are proud and lucky to operate our business in them.  We wish the National Park Service a happy 95th birthday.