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Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure

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.

4 Day Rafting Trip

  • Begins and Ends: Moab, Utah
  • Season: May - September
  • River Distance: 100 miles
  • Rapids: III-V
  • Boat Type: J-Rig, Oar boat, Paddle Raft
  • Capacity: 30 passengers
  • Deposit: $500 per person
  • Minimum Age: 12 (May-June) 10 (July-September)
Adults(16+): From $1,935
Youth (10-15): From $1,425
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Whats Included

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.
MEALS Guides prepare all meals for you between departure and return.
TRANSFERS Transportation from Moab to the river.
SCENIC FLIGHT Return flight over Canyonlands NP and shuttle to Moab.

Not Included

LODGING Moab hotel stay before or after trip
TAXES & FEES Any applicable taxes and fees

Cataract Canyon Vacation Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 2136 customer reviews

Without Western it could have never happened

Craig - Utah, USA
The trip information was great. We followed your packing list to the letter and ended up using everything we brought, but not lacking anything. Good work on that. Wonderful trip. I was just thinking that there is no way this trip would be accessible or possible without Western River. I have wanted to run Cataract Canyon for decades. Without you it could have never happened. Also, my wife had a great time. She is not really an outdoorsy type of person, but the way you run your trips it makes it possible and enjoyable for her. I appreciate the fact that you deal seamlessly with every detail, down to parking the car, transportation to and from the river, and the orientation. And of course the main parts of the trip run like clock-work - the river run itself, hikes, meals, camping, etc. Nice job.

Nothing to improve

Michelle - Florida, USA
I can't think of a thing that would improve our experience. This was our second trip with Western River. Our guides were informative, professional and entertaining!


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Rafting Father & Son Time
Rafting Father & Son Time

My son Darren invited me 3 weeks ago... It took me about a nanosecond to say, “I’m in!”


Unbelievable Ride
Unbelievable Ride

It was awesome from minute one to minute end. That’s it for me, it doesn’t get any better than this.


Rafting with Alexis
Rafting with Alexis

We came down here for a four day rafting tour and yet we got so much more. This was first class all the way.


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Rafts in Cataract Canyon

Rafts in Cataract Canyon

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, and September 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.

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Camping & Dining

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.

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  • To Remember Forever

    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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