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Utah River Rafting

Utah Rafting

Trips Feature:
  • Departures from Moab, Utah
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • 2 to 5 day adventure options
  • Over 20 "add-on" adventures
  • J-Rig, oar boat, and paddle options
  • Easy access from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Denver

Things To Do in Moab, UT

White Water Rafting in Utah

Experience the best whitewater rafting trips in Utah - a land filled with diverse landscapes and home to one of the most beautiful adventure destinations in the world - Moab, Utah. This adventure mecca is nestled between the red rock wonders of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and piqued by the breathtaking peaks of the La Sal Mountains, offering a stark backdrop to the redrock desert. River rafting on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah answers the question: Can you go white water rafting in Utah? The answer is a resounding Yes! Rafting in the desert canyons is unlike any place on earth - all displaying a variety of landscapes from Desolation Canyon, Westwater Canyon, or Cataract Canyon. The better question is why you would go rafting anywhere else! Moab, Utah vacations truly are remarkable. Just minutes from Moab's city center are endless opportunities for world-class hiking, biking, camping, climbing, and more! Countless times, Moab, Utah has been ranked as a top travel and adventure destination in the world.

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Why Rafting in Moab Makes a Complete Vacation

Find out why Moab, Utah is the most complete outdoor adventure vacation destination. There are so many ways to combine different adventures in Moab, from multi-day rafting expeditions and more than 30 different day-trip adventures, and 360° scenery that you may not know how to fit it all together. Don't worry. We are Moab experts and are aimed at helping you "Make the Most of Moab".

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Utah Rafting Expeditions

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4 Day Cataract Canyon

4 Day Cataract Canyon

Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park, Return Flight over Canyonlands to Moab, Utah

  • Begins and Ends: Moab, Utah
  • Season: May - September
  • River Distance: 100 miles
  • Rapids: III-V
  • Boat Type: J-Rig, Oar boat, Paddle Raft
  • Deposit: $500 per person
  • Minimum Age: 12 (May-June) 10 (July-September)
Utah
2 Day Cataract Canyon

2 Day Cataract Canyon

Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park, High-powered Snout-rig raft cuts flatwater time, Fewer hikes

  • Begins in Moab Utah
  • Season: May-July
  • River Distance: 100 miles
  • Rapids: Class III-V
  • Boat Type: Western's Snout-Rig
  • Deposit: $250 per person
  • Minimum Age: 12
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5 Day Desolation Canyon Green River

5 Day Desolation Canyon Green River

Scenic Flight to begin the trip in a remote area of eastern Utah, Rafting on the Green River, Short hikes

  • Begins and Ends: Moab, Utah
  • Season: June-August
  • River Distance: 88 Miles
  • Rapids: Class II-III
  • Boat Type: Oar & Inflatable Kayak
  • Deposit: $500 per person
  • Minimum Weight: 50 lbs
  • Minimum Age: 5
Utah
4 Day Southwest Sampler Package

4 Day Southwest Sampler Package

Package includes Arches National Park tour, Hummer Safari, 2 nights lodging in Marriott, 1 night camping on river

  • Begins and Ends: Moab, Utah
  • Season: May-August
  • River Distance: 20 miles
  • Rapids: 6+ Class I-III
  • Boat Type: Oar, Paddle, Inflatable Kayak
  • Deposit: $250 per person
  • Minimum Weight: 50 lbs
  • Minimum Age: 5
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Utah Rafting: Colorado and Green Rivers

Two of the West's mightiest rivers wind through dramatic sandstone cliffs of Utah, the Green River and Colorado River, creating the most stunning whitewater rafting destinations in Utah. All rafting trips depart from Moab, Utah, often named "The Adventure Capital of the World."

White water rafting in Utah

Utah's World Famous Moab River Rafting »

With Moab, Utah as your hub, a surprisingly wide variety of white water rafting possibilities present themselves.

First Time Intro to Utah Rafting & Package Samplers

If you are looking for an introduction to whitewater rafting, the half-day and full-day options on the Colorado River, often referred to as the "Fisher Towers" section, or "Castle Valley" are excellent choices. You can even include an overnight rafting experience on this section of the river with our "Southwest Sampler" vacation package- which serves as a great introduction to camping for one of the three nights.

The Perfect Family Rafting Trip

The 5-day Desolation Canyon trip on the Green River is also an excellent introduction to white water rafting. Green River Utah white water rafting is especially popular among families with younger children and teens. The journey begins with a scenic flight over the remote cliffs of eastern Utah, and then spend the next five days floating back toward Moab where more play awaits.

Rafting Through Canyonlands National Park

Perhaps the most popular of all of Moab raft trips is the 4-day Cataract Canyon Classic. One-hundred miles of Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park - with time to explore petroglyphs, stunning scenery, and some of North America's wildest rapids this trip is becoming more well known every year. This is the very best white water rafting in Utah's National Parks. Your visit to Moab can easily include a visit to nearby Arches National Park.

Shorter But Thrilling Trips

The 2-Day Cataract Express trip offers an overnight camping experience to 100 miles of Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park.

If you are pressed for time, but want a great Utah white water rafting thrill, the Westwater Canyon one-day trip is one of the West's best whitewater romps.

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What kind of whitewater rafting can you do on the rivers near Moab? »

Moab, Utah, offers a surprisingly wide variety of whitewater rafting possibilities. If you are rafting in Utah for the first time, you may want to explore half-day and full-day options on the Colorado River, also known as Fisher Towers or Castle Valley. You can even include an overnight rafting experience on this section of the river with the "Southwest Sampler" vacation package. The Westwater Canyon one-day trip is considered one of the best whitewater romps in the U.S. The 2-day Cataract Express trip offers an overnight camping experience to 100 miles of Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonlands is a popular spot for Moab raft trips, particularly the 4-day Cataract Canyon Classic journey. This covers 100 miles of the Colorado River while allowing travelers time to take in the stunning scenery and explore the petroglyphs along some of North America's wildest rapids. You can even carve out time to visit nearby Arches National Park to take in the majestic red rocks. If you're going whitewater rafting with the family, the 5-day Desolation Canyon trip on the Green River is very popular with families with younger children and teens. This journey begins with a scenic flight over the remote cliffs of Eastern Utah, followed by five days floating back toward Moab.

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Rafting in Park City and Northern Utah »

Park City is the poster child for northern Utah's snow and mountain terrain as Moab is for southern Utah's stunning red-rock majesty. Why not combine both landscapes into your vacation itinerary? A flight to Salt Lake International drops you just an hour from Park City's lofty alpine air where you can explore ski-town shops laced with loads of mining history. Recreational opportunities abound nearby in the summer months, but to be frank, the nearby choices for river rafting may leave you feeling less Olympic about your adventure. The Weber River offers a few class I-II rapids, and the Provo River will provide nothing more than Class II whitewater. Mountain scenery here is classic Rocky Mountain majesty, but you might enjoy a Fly Fishing excursion here, or a day at the world-class Spas more than the rafting in northern Utah.

After a few days of Park City's wonders, you can take a scenic 4-hour drive south to Moab for a few days of some of the most world-renowned white water rafting adventures. Take a day, half-day, or up to five days to check off two of Utah's five national parks. You can also take advantage of other scenic wonders of the Beehive State. Vernal, Utah, is about two-and-a-half hours from Park City and holds a few options such as the Gates of Lodore on the Green River, and a few day-trip options below Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Our recommendation? Do Park City for a few days, then make the scenic 4 hour drive south to Moab for a few days of world-class white water rafting adventure. There are many options available to you from one-day, half-day or up to five days. Check off two of Utah's five National Parks while in Moab.

Vernal, Utah is about two-and-a-half hours from Park City and holds a few options such as the Gates of Lodore on the Green River, and a few day-trip options below Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

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Is There Rafting Near Zion National Park? »

There is a river that runs through Zion National Park, but it's more for hiking and less for rafting. Rafting the Virgin River is something you might be able to do two weeks out of the year, and even then, not within Zion National Park. Your time in Zion National Park and this part of southern Utah is much better spent hiking the Virgin River Narrows, or overlooking nearby Bryce Canyon National Park. Kanab, Utah and St. George, Utah are roughly an hour to the east and west of Zion and the gateway town of Springdale, respectively. There are no other rafting options in these otherwise charming southern Utah towns.

About two and a half hours north of Zion, in Marysvale, Utah the Sevier river runs flush enough to provide class II-III rapids for a 2 hour jaunt.

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