Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips


Colorado River Rafting, Westwater Canyon – About This Trip


Colorado River rafting doesn’t get much better than this! Our Westwater Canyon whitewater rafting trip takes us down a segment of the Colorado River that is magnificent and is often referred to as a miniature Grand Canyon. The beauty and grandeur of this section of the Colorado River offers memorable sights such as pristine beaches, charming side canyons, and beautiful campsites. Westwater Canyon river rafting is a great rafting trip for those who want the beauty and thrills of a traditional Colorado River rafting vacation, and yet only have a few days available for their river rafting tour. Westwater Canyon: the ultimate two or three-day getaway. 

Trip Overview


Location: Colorado River - Westwater Canyon
Type: Rafting
Length: 1, 2 and 3 Days
Dates: May - September
Meet At: Green River, UT 8:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 8
Deposit: $100


  • Exciting class III & IV whitewater rapids
  • Stunning wilderness canyon with unique rock formations
  • Riverside Camping and hiking opportunities
  • Excellent choice if you are short on time

Trip Price & Departure Dates


1-Day - $210 per-person

2-Day - Adult - $510
Youth/ Senior/ Group - $470 
(18 & under) (65 & older) (10 or more)

3-Day - Adult - $660
Youth/ Senior/ Group - $610
(18 & under) (65 & older) (10 or more)

+$10 (1-2 day)BLM Fees per person
+$16 (3-day) BLM Fees per person

2019 Trip Dates

2 Day Trip Dates

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
June 19 - August 31; Saturdays September 7 - 28

3 Day Trip Dates

Mondays and Fridays
May 3 - June 14;

Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays
June 18 - August 30;

Fridays September 6-27

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The Colorado River Rafting in Westwater Canyon cuts its teeth through black-rock canyons in Southern Utah, due North East of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  On a three day you start in rural Colorado at the Loma boat ramp; while on a two day you start across the border in Utah from a remote ranger station. Both lead you to a take-out near the wild-west ghost town of Cisco.



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.  The typical itineraries below illustrate a 3-day and a 2-day trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.


Day 1:  Meet at our headquarters (8:00 a.m., Mountain Time), we will issue your waterproof bags.  You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of items you can find at our store). We will then jump in the vans for a two-hour ride to the put-in at Loma.  Float leisurely through the desert scenery of Ruby Canyon. For those interested, inflatable kayaks or stand up paddle boards provide the opportunity to experience the river on a solo basis.  A side hike up Rattlesnake Canyon reveals a variety of desert plants and wildlife. Camp at Black Rocks where thousand year old black schist provides the background setting.

Day 2:  Peaceful floating and more time in the inflatable kayaks before reaching Westwater Ranger Station.  The river enters the narrow canyons that give Westwater the nickname, “the Little Grand”. Small rapids begin to materialize along the otherwise peaceful stretches of the Colorado.  Camp at one of the many beaches within Westwater Canyon.

Day 3:  Gear up for rapids–one right after another–Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, Surprise and the big-names: Skull and Sock-it-to-me.  Observe bald eagle, great blue heron and snowy egret habitats in the meandering flat-water below. Enjoy a short trip back to Green River.  Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Day 1:  Meet at our headquarters (8:00 a.m., Mountain Time), we will issue your waterproof bags.  You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of items you can find at our store).  We will then ride to Westwater Ranger Station. Relaxing float to Little Hole Canyon’s natural amphitheater where shards of Indian pottery can be seen.  In favorable conditions a short hike up Little Dolores Canyon reveals a beautiful desert waterfall and swimming hole. Camp near Little Dolores.

Day 2:  Leisurely breakfast before rapids of Westwater.  Rapids, one right after another, Marble, Staircase, Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, and Surprise . . . leads to Skull Rapid, one of the Colorado’s fiercest drops.  Finish with Bowling Alley, Sock-it-to-me and Last Chance. Vans will return you to our headquarters in Green River at the end of the trip. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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!


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Holiday River Expeditions
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 113 reviews
by Sherilyn Boynton on Holiday River Expeditions

Everything worked out nicely and efficiantly!

The Guides were awesome, really knew their stuff about the river and were very helpful. They were even pretty good cooks. Thanks Dustin, Nick, and Kris

by Valerie Allen on Holiday River Expeditions

Lauren, Dave and Brinn were so awesome! We couldn't have had a better team of guides - they were really on top of things every step of the way, I have to mention they are all so friendly, knowledgeable about everything and brought just enough entertainment to make it safe but fun, and they are great cooks! A very special thanks to Lauren for making this a fear free absolutely AWESOME trip that I want to do again! Valerie A

by Andrew Ord on Holiday River Expeditions

Mac and Travis were great and did everything possible to make sure our group enjoyed the trip. I had a fantastic time rafting the Colorado with Holiday River Expeditions. The guides were knowledgeable and did a great job making the trip fun. The food was great and the camping was excellent on the river. Holiday also ensured that we had as low impact/environment friendly camping.

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