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Rafting in Canyonlands, Two National Parks in Moab Utah, Six Incredible Days

Our recommended 6-day itinerary (detailed below) includes 2 national parks, 4 days of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, scenic air tour connections, a Moab-exclusive off-road Hummer 4x4 Safari, and Marriott hotel accommodations - ALL for less than you'd pay for a 4-Day Grand Canyon rafting tour. That's right! Welcome to Moab, the adventure capital of the West and gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

NOTE: The itinerary outlined below is only suggested. You may customize any part of your stay. Please contact us to customize your Moab vacation.

Rafting in Cataract Canyon

Desolation Canyon Utah Rafting Flight Plane

Day 1 - Direct Flight to Moab »

Direct flights are available to Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY). Check-in at the Canyonlands Jeep & Car Rental desk and pick up your 24 hour car rental. Check-in at the Marriott (or other lodging of your choice). Grab some dinner on your way towards your first adventure - 4 hour Hummer Sunset Safari (6pm start time).

Southwest Vacation Package Hummer 8

Day 1 Sunset »

Your Hummer Safari begins and ends at the Moab Adventure Center located conveniently at 225 South Main Street. Snacks are provided, but you'll want to grab dinner before this thrilling 3 hour adventure on the now famous Hell's Revenge 4x4 trail. We won't spoil it for you here, but hold on to your seats!

Cataract Canyon Dead Horse Point

Day 2 - Canyonlands N.P. »

Ready for a river trip? This morning you will dress for the river and pack your duffle bag. Your shuttle to the river leaves at 7am or 7:15am depending on your confirmation. Leave your rental car at the Moab Adventure Center we'll get a new contract ready for your return, if desired. Enjoy the next 4 days in Canyonlands National Park!

Cataract Canyon Couple Sitting

Day 3 - Cataract Canyon »

Day three will be reflective of your first day on the river, slow and tranquil waters that meander around brilliant red-rock castles rising into the blue sky above. You'll get to know your guides and fellow guests from breakfast on the river's edge to dinner that evening.

Cataract Canyon Huge Wave

Day 4 - Colorado River Rapids »

As the Colorado River merges with the Green River it will double in volume and begin dropping into Cataract Canyon proper where harder rock layers translate into some of the largest runnable whitewater in North America. Ever heard of the "Big Drops"?

Cataract Canyon Canyonlands Flight

Day 5 - Scenic Air Tour over Canyonlands »

Finishing out the last of your 4-day river expedition, you will glide out onto the spectacularly beautiful Lake Powell. There you will be flown back over the 100 miles of Canyonlands National Park you've just traversed by boat and return to Moab in time for evening activities.

NOTE: After your scenic flight you'll be shuttled to Moab Adventure Center where you can sign a new rental car contract with Canyonlands Jeep & Car (located inside Moab Adventure Center).

Southwest Vacation Package Arches Window

Day 6 - Arches National Park »

Sign up for a morning Arches National Park Guided Van Tour if you want to grab flights back home that same day OR stay an additional night to watch the sunset on an Arches Sunset Tour.

Conveniently, your Canyonlands rental car can be returned at the airport desk.