Fisher Towers Canyon

About This Trip

This section of Colorado River Rafting is characterized by towering red sandstone monoliths set against the LaSal Mountains. With such classic red rock desert beauty, this trip offers a spectacular setting for river runners and over the past several years has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movie productions. Fun class I & II rapids appear on the Colorado making it the perfect section for youth groups to play in paddle boats and inflatable kayaks. Observe bald eagle, great blue heron and snowy egret habitats. Minutes outside of Moab, Utah!

SAMPLE ITINERARY

One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river. This typical itinerary illustrates a two-day Fisher Towers trip on the Colorado River.

Day One: Meet group at the Dewey Bridge, our put-in point. Float leisurely through calm water. Observe bald eagle, great blue heron and snowy egret habitats. Camp within sight of the 13,000′ Sierra La Sal and Fisher Tower formations. Perhaps the most picturesque camp on the upper Colorado.

Day Two:  Class II rapids appear in the Colorado and a flotilla of inflatable kayaks provide the action. Pass Castle Rock and Priest-and-Nuns formation before lunch at Salt Wash by Arches National Park. The take-out will be at mile 10 1/2.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

Trip Meeting Options:

3-day, Cisco to mile 102 near Moab

  1. Groups providing their own transportation: the group will need to drive 7 miles out of Cisco (on a graded dirt road) to the BLM boat ramp, where we will meet for the trip. Vehicles will be parked here. The last day of the trip, we will shuttle the drivers back to Cisco, and then they can pick the group up at the take-out. (This can be reversed too.) We have detailed maps of both places.
  2. The group can charter buses and meet us at the BLM boat ramp. After the trip the bus will meet the group at a designated time and place decided by the trip leader at the beginning of the trip. The take-out is mile 102 on State Highway 128.

2-day, Dewey Bridge to mile 10 ½ near Moab

  1. Groups will meet us on the south side of the Dewey Bridge. They can reach the Dewey Bridge by taking State Highway 128  along the Colorado River. This can be reached by either taking 128 from the junction of 128 and Highway 191 near the Colorado River Bridge, North of Moab, Utah. This is about 31 miles. (OR) Take the Cisco exit from I-70, and drive along the frontage road to State Highway 128. It is about 20 miles to the Dewey Bridge. Shuttle cars with drivers will go to the take-out, mile 102, either at the beginning of the trip or the end.
  2. The group can charter buses and meet us at the Dewey Bridge. After the trip the bus will meet the group at a designated time and place decided by the trip leader at the beginning of the trip. The take-out is mile 102 on State Highway 128.

Beginning of the trip on the morning of your trip, plan to arrive promptly at the predetermined time. 9:00 a.m. is usually a good time to meet.

After the trip we will be off the water approximately around 2:00 p.m. The take-out point is Mile 10 1/2.

Medical emergencies: Our guides are trained in first aid and carry first aid supplies only. REMEMBER to bring your own prescription medicines. ALERT our guides to any medical problem you might have such as diabetes or allergic reactions. Wilderness expeditions are a long way from hospitals, doctors, and pain-relieving medicines. Evacuations to modern medical care are uncertain, and protracted. In case of evacuation and/or medical treatment beyond first aid, expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation Policy: If cancellations are made prior to 90 days before the trip, monies will be refunded less a $50.00 service charge per person. If cancellations are made within 90 days and outside of 45 days of the trip date monies will be refunded less a $100.00 service charge per person. Cancellations made within 45 days of the trip date are non refundable. Prior to 45 days to the trip date we will transfer reservations to another trip in the same year with a $25.00 service charge per person. All policies will be enforced and we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Cancellation of a trip is very unlikely, but we reserve the right to cancel any trip due to river or weather conditions or the lack of sufficient reservations. A full refund will be made if such is the case.

Insurance: Medical Evacuation and cancellation insurance on a vacation plan can be obtained from numerous insurance companies. You should be aware that medical evacuations in the backcountry can easily cost $10,000 and up.  You are responsible for these potential expenses and we strongly encourage all guests to have this coverage. We offer plans by TRAVEL GUARD that cover evacuation, baggage and cancellation claims. It is available to American and Canadian citizens, as well as citizens of another country as long as you have a U.S. address. For a quote or questions give us a call or include Your Names, Birth Dates in an Email and we will send a quote.  Also, if you are bringing expensive cameras, binoculars, or other items we suggest you have insurance coverage for them (commonly available through Homeowners Policies). In the event of a loss, our insurance will not cover those items.

Tipping the guides: If you feel the guides have been instrumental in your enjoyment of the trip, you may choose to direct a gratuity to the trip leader in the form of cash or check.  He/She will then distribute it evenly to the other crewmembers.  The average contribution amount ranges between $20.00 and $30.00 per guest, per day. Cash is the preferred method of tipping.

Beverages: We provide ice water, lemonade and ample cooler space. If you choose to bring additional drinks we have no problem taking whatever you want to bring – within reason. Please refrain from bringing any glass bottles.

Fisher Towers weather in the early and late seasons (May to mid-June and late August to September) the daytime temperatures are 70 to 90 degrees, with nighttime temperatures 50 to 60 degrees. It seldom rains in Westwater Canyon, but when it does, it can cool temperatures considerably in May and September. From mid-June to mid-August the days are hot and temperatures average 80 to 100 degrees during the day and 60 to 75 degrees at night. This is the time of year that swimming in the Colorado becomes a popular activity. This seems warm but remember the humidity is very low. There will be an abundance of sun, so bring a hat and plenty of suntan lotion and/or sunscreens.

Bugs, snakes, etc. are generally no problem. In fact, the lack of pesky insects is one of the reasons wilderness camping on the river is so pleasant. Any river trip, however, is subject to an occasional localized insect hatch. During these hatches (most common in June to mid-July) mosquitoes can be bothersome. Be sure to bring long sleeve clothing and repellent. Insect repellents that contain “Deet” are by far the most effective during heavy hatches, but are also suspected of causing various health problems. Citronella-based products (skin-so-soft) work only in light hatches. We rarely see any snakes, but if the thought of them bothers you, try sleeping on the beaches or in a tent instead of rocky or bushy areas.

Hiking is a highlight of the trip, however, it is strictly an optional activity. There are many interesting short hikes available. Hiking can be done in durable sneakers or lightweight hiking boots. Remember that hiking and other activities vary widely pending time, and what other plans are ahead for the day on the river.

Things to see in the area: John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah. Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Fisher Towers, Colorado National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and the La Sal and Henry Mountains.

Reading material, you may enjoy:

Canyonlands River Guide – Belknap (waterproof)………………………………… $19.95
Canyonlands Country – Donald L. Baars……………………………………………. $15.95
Life in Stone – Christa Sadler……………………………………………………………. $11.95
The Educated Outlaw – Harvey Lay Murdock (Grandson)…………………….. $10.95

These books can be ordered online at www.bikeraft.com, or by sending the appropriate amount listed above plus $5.60 priority shipping to Holiday River Expeditions, 544 East 3900 South, SLC, UT 84107. This is available within the U.S. only. If outside the U.S. additional shipping and handling charges will be added. You can call 801-266-2087 for rates. These books can also be purchased at our headquarters in Green River.

If you are flying, you can fly to Salt Lake City located 180 miles northwest of Green River, Utah.  From there you can rent a car or take a shuttle with Moab Luxury Coach (call 435-940-4212 or www.moabluxurycoach.com) to Green River.  If you need assistance with your travel arrangements, please ask your Holiday River Expedition reservation agent.

Lodging before and after your trip can be booked at one of six locations:

  • River Terrace Inn  435‑564‑3401 (locally owned, pool, hot tub, full breakfast, riverside rooms available) *10% discount
  • Comfort Inn  435‑564‑3300 (inside pool, hot tub, continental breakfast – in front of our headquarters) *10% discount
  • Holiday Inn Express  435-564-4439 (inside pool, hot tub, continental breakfast – west of our headquarters)
  • Super 8  435-564-8888 (inside pool, hot tub, refrigerator, microwave)
  • Motel 6  435‑564‑3436 (pool, kids free, lower rates)
  • Sleepy Hollow  435-564-8189 (clean with lower rates)

*When making advance reservations at the River Terrace Inn or Comfort Inn, mention that you are on a Holiday River Expedition trip and you will be extended a discounted rate on your room (see above). You will need a trip invoice at check-in.

BE SURE TO MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS!

If you are camping out, there are two campgrounds in Green River:  the Green River State Park (no pool, lower rates and may have mosquitoes – call 435-564-3633 to make reservations), and the KOA Campground (435-564-8195 – across from our headquarters).

Air Service to Salt Lake City (SLC) 

Transportation Options from Salt Lake City to Green River, Vernal or Blanding, Utah:

Rental Cars

Once in Salt Lake City most of our guests rent-a-car and drive to our meeting points.

All rental cars are located in both terminals of the Salt Lake City Airport.

  • Salt Lake City to Green River 180 miles
  • Salt Lake City to Blanding 300 miles
  • Salt Lake City to Vernal 180 miles

Bus
To Green River Only 
(Bus has limited schedule and is not as convenient as rental cars) 

Shuttle Service to Green River or Blanding, Utah from Salt Lake City or Moab (Vernal is on a Charter basis only)

Trip Overview

Location: Colorado River
Type: Rafting
Length: 2 and 3 Days
Dates: May – Sept
Meet At: Green River, UT 8:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 5
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

2-Day
Adult – $415
Youth – $395 (18 & under)
Senior – $395 (65 & older)
Group – $395 (10 or more)

3-Day
Adult – $525
Youth – $500 (18 & under)
Senior – $500 (65 & older)
Group – $500 (10 or more)

Departure Dates

Scheduled upon request for Youth Groups and or Families

Check Availability

What’s Included

Life Jacket
Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day through
lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/day-mix of regular & diet

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while, one could develop a leak, so we always recommend packing important items in ziplock bags and leaving expensive electronics at home. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

What’s NOT Included

Cup
Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on the San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.

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by Nicole Pavlovich on Blank Business Name

I would want the same guides next time for sure!!!! The whole staff from beginning to end was over the top AMAZING!!!! I am sure that my mom and I drove the office staff Lauren and Karen crazy with all of our phone calls and crazy questions. The guides made the WHOLE trip!! TJ, Sherpa, T-bird, Josh and Jim. The guys were so fun and at the same time so professional. My mother that was on the trip with me is 71 and ALL the guides went above and beyond to make sure she had what she needed to be comfortable and safe. The food they made was amazing and fresh and the hikes and storytelling was so interesting. I would so do this again and would hope to have the same guides!!!!!!Thank you all for taking great care of me and my mother!!!!!

by Gina Miller on Blank Business Name

Julian and Rocky were great guides and everyone in our group had the best time! We hope to take another trip again with Holiday Expeditions!

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by Nicole Pavlovich on Blank Business Name

I would want the same guides next time for sure!!!! The whole staff from beginning to end was over the top AMAZING!!!! I am sure that my mom and I drove the office staff Lauren and Karen crazy with all of our phone calls and crazy questions. The guides made the WHOLE trip!! TJ, Sherpa, T-bird, Josh and Jim. The guys were so fun and at the same time so professional. My mother that was on the trip with me is 71 and ALL the guides went above and beyond to make sure she had what she needed to be comfortable and safe. The food they made was amazing and fresh and the hikes and storytelling was so interesting. I would so do this again and would hope to have the same guides!!!!!!Thank you all for taking great care of me and my mother!!!!!

by Gina Miller on Blank Business Name

Julian and Rocky were great guides and everyone in our group had the best time! We hope to take another trip again with Holiday Expeditions!