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Meeting in Moab, Utah »

On the morning of your river trip, you'll meet in the lobby of the Moab Marriott SpringHill Suites, 1863 N. Hwy 191, Moab, UT. Bring your bags to the lobby, enjoy their great breakfast, and be ready for departure no later than 6:30 AM. The bus is scheduled to depart the Marriott at 6:30 AM, so plan accordingly!

Return time from your river trip is approximately 3:00 PM at the Marriott in Moab.

NOTE: For those choosing to stay somewhere other than the Marriott SpringHill, it is your responsibility to arrive at the designated time and place mentioned above.

Marriott Reservations »

Western River has secured a certain quantity of rooms at special rates for our guests. Rooms and rates are available up to 45 days prior to trip departure; after this date, discounted rates may be offered based on availability. Please make your lodging reservations online as soon as possible. If you experience any difficulties using this link, please email- and mention the Western River Expeditions Block.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott offers complimentary parking. Overnight guests will receive complimentary storage for up to two bags per room. Additional bags may be stored at the hotel for $10 per bag per day. Non-overnight guest bag storage is available for $10 per bag per day. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet only for overnight guests. Other guests may purchase breakfast at the front desk.

On the morning of your river trip, you'll meet in the lobby of the SpringHill Suites located at 1865 N. Hwy 191, Moab, UT. Bus is scheduled to depart at 6:30 am. Return time from your river trip is approximately 3:00 PM at the SpringHill Suites.

If you rented a car with Canyonlands Jeep & Car Rental, you may leave your vehicle at the Marriott parking lot for pickup while you are on the river. Leave keys with Marriott front desk, or Western employee at check-in.

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Desolation Canyon Travel Route

Once aboard the bus with your personal duffle loaded, you will ride 12 minutes north past the entrance to Arches National Park to the Canyonlands Field Airport (the Moab airport). There you will make the transfer to a set of small planes that will take you to the Sand Wash airstrip. This scenic flight over the Green River through Desolation and Gray Canyons will delight and thrill. Your guides will greet you as bags are unloaded from the planes. You have the choice to ride with the cargo shuttle down the short dirt road to the boats awaiting at the river's edge, or take the scenic hike off the plateau. The hike is recommended just for the fun of it!

Once boats are loaded, it's five days back to Moab, Utah by river! The shuttle waiting for you at Swasey's Landing will return you to Moab and the SpringHill Suites. What's next? That's up to you!

Desolation Canyon Travel Route
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Travel Planning Resources - While You're in Moab

Moab Marriott Queen Beds

How Many Nights Should You Plan to Reserve? »

Minimum 1 Night Before - Plan to arrive at least the day before your rafting trip because departure times are early the next morning.

Minimum 1 Night After - Plan to stay at least one night AFTER your river trip. Here's why: a shower. Rafting expeditions change your perspective, which is both exhausting AND refreshing, but so is the fresh shower and night's rest you'll get upon your return to Moab!

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Adding a Few More Days in Moab »

Add 1 or 2 days before or after - You may be surprised at how much more you can pack into your Moab vacation by adding just one or two days before or after your river trip. We are talking brag-worthy, adventure-extending itinerary additions like Arches National Park (that gives you two National Parks in one trip), Hell's Revenge 4x4 Hummer Safari, Canyoneering into hidden grottoes, hot air ballooning...

Western's Moab Adventure Center

Introducing Western River's Moab Adventure Center

Western River's Moab Adventure Center was created to give you an easy ONE STOP FOR ADVENTURE while in Moab for all the one-day and half-day adventures that abound in this awesome and scenic playground we love so much.

Below are some suggestions of how you might fit these into your schedule, in combination with your river trip. Book and reserve below, or give us a call. We'd be more than happy to help you plan and make the most of your stay in Moab!

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Top Recommendations to Add to Your River Trip

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Arches National Park »

Arches National Park is just three minutes from the Marriott Hotel. You can drive yourself, or take a guided bus tour that will maximize your time (AM and PM departures). In most cases, you can be picked up right from your hotel.

Arches National Park Morning Adventure

Westwater Multisport Hummer Front

Sunset Hummer Safari »

You may be able to book the "Sunset Safari" the evening before your rafting trip, depending on your arrival time in Moab.

Hummer Sunset Safari

Moab Canyoneering Alli

Canyoneering »

Morning or afternoon departures take you deep into the landscape, literally. It's a half-day commitment, but worth the bragging rights, for sure. Imagine rappelling into a hidden grotto and then off a giant rock arch. The hike out is a delight by its own right.

Canyoneering Adventure

Moab Hot Air Ballooning

​ Hot Air Ballooning »

The early morning start of these 3 hour balloon adventures may allow time to grab an afternoon (fixed-wing) flight out of town from the Moab airport.

Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Adventure

Discover All the Things to Do in Moab »

Southwest Vacation Package Arches Window Use the "Things to Do in Moab" page to explore the possibilities in Moab. Adding one or two more days to your stay and pack in so many more brag-worthy adventures to your itinerary!

Adventures in Moab

Getting to Moab, Utah »

Skywest Direct Moab Flights

Use our "Getting to Moab" page to review your travel options.
Inside tip: if you use Canyonlands Jeep & Car Rental (Moab Airport) you can leave your car at the Marriott during the river portion of your trip and pick the contract up again upon return.

Getting to Moab

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