Just south of Moab, Utah where the Green and Colorado Rivers meet in a majestic setting called "The Confluence," Cataract Canyon begins. Bolstered by the Green River, the Colorado River doubles its force, and carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Here you'll experience the total thrill of class III-V Colorado River whitewater. Discover absolute relaxation on calm stretches of river that wind through soul-stirring canyons and dazzling geologic formations.
Go back in time as you explore ancient Native American ruins and fascinating pictographs. Finish your adventure with a stunning flight over Canyonlands National Park as you return to Moab. Western's Cataract Canyon 4-Day trip offers the perfect balance of adventure, discovery and relaxation in an unbeatable setting.
SPECIAL LAUNCH JUNE 8: Join our "Focus on Wellness" Cataract Canyon Trip, with special guests Elise and Chris Jones. It's the same rate as all other trip dates, but with wellness activities for all included in this spectacular and healing outdoor setting. Select the 7:20 departure time on June 8.
RAFTING Class III-V whitewater rafting (rapids depend on water levels).
HIKING Short walks to longer, more difficult hikes (all optional).
CAMPING Cots, tents, sleeping bags, chairs and water-resistant bag.
MEALSGuides prepare all meals for you between departure and return.
TRANSFERSTransportation from Moab to the river.
SCENIC FLIGHT Return flight over Canyonlands NP and shuttle to Moab.
3% access fee
My son Darren invited me 3 weeks ago... It took me about a nanosecond to say, “I’m in!”
With several options for rafts in Cataract Canyon (J-Rig, Oar Rig, and Paddleboat), Western matches the raft to current water levels. While water levels can vary dramatically from year to year, in most years May and June have the highest water levels in Cataract Canyon. During these early-season trips, Western generally uses its patented J-Rig raft.
As the water slows its pace later in June and through July and August, we change from 37’ J-Rig rafts to 18’ oar rigs and smaller paddle rafts. In our oar rigs, you can sit back and relax while our guides do all the work. Our smaller paddle rafts make these later trips more suitable for teens or active adults looking for a more “hands-on” experience. Whether you travel aboard the larger rafts earlier in the season or the smaller rafts later in the season, the legendary whitewater in Cataract Canyon provides plenty of fun and excitement. Note: The date in June or July at which we switch to smaller boats is determined by water levels which are difficult to predict before spring. In some years, the J-Rig Raft may not be used at all.
On this Cataract Canyon vacation, you'll spend 3 nights on the banks of the Colorado River. Professional river guides cook delicious meals for you and all the camping equipment you need is supplied. This is camping made easy.
This was way outside of my normal box. I loved the guides, I loved the food, I loved the camping games, and I loved the white water! A trip I will remember all of my days....
Linda - Nevada, USA
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