Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips


Colorado River Rafting, Westwater Canyon – About This Trip


Our Westwater Canyon whitewater river rafting trip takes us down a segment of the Colorado River that is magnificent and often referred to as a miniature Grand Canyon. The beauty and grandeur of this section on the Colorado River offer memorable sights such as pristine beaches, charming side canyons, and beautiful campsites. Colorado River rafting doesn't get much better than this!

These trips are a great idea for those who want the beauty and thrills of a traditional Colorado River rafting vacation, yet only have a few days open for their river rafting tour. Our Westwater Canyon rafting trips are the ultimate two- or three-day getaway that will also have you home in time for work on Monday! Get this trip on your calendar today. 

Moab, UT River Rafting Trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River

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: $200


  • 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
  • Rapids like Skull & Sock-it-to-me!
  • See bighorn, birds of prey & otters
  • Play on SUPs & IKs in the calm water

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 trip in Westwater Canyon cuts through black-rock canyons in Southern Utah, northeast of Arches and Canyonlands national parks.  On a three-day trip, you start in rural Colorado at the Loma boat ramp; on the 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, assigned campsites, weather, and other unpredictable elements. The typical itineraries below illustrate a 3-and 2-day trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.


Day 1: Meet at our headquarters (8:00 a.m., Mountain Time), and 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, Colorado. 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 1.7 billion-year-old black schist provides the background setting.

Day 2: Enjoy peaceful floating and spending time in the inflatable kayaks before reaching Westwater Ranger Station. From there, 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—Big Hummer, Funnel Falls, Surprise, and the big names: Skull and Sock-it-to-me. Once through the rapids, sit back and look for bald eagles, great blue herons, and even the rare big horn sheep. A 45-minute drive from the take out should have you back at our HQ in Green River between 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Day 1: We'll start at our headquarters at 8:00 a.m., Mountain Time. You'll get your river bags and have time to pack and pick up last minute items from our on-site store (see our packing checklist for a list of items we stock). We will then ride for approximately one hour east to the Westwater Ranger Station. It's a relaxing float at first, with a possible hike to Little Hole Canyon’s natural amphitheater where Native American rock art 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 rigging for the rapids of Westwater! The waves come fast and furious, in quick succession, including Skull Rapid, one of Colorado’s fiercest drops and the narrowest part of the river. Finish with Bowling Alley, Sock-it-to-me and Last Chance. Vans will return you to our headquarters in Green River between 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the exact trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like, and 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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by Tyler Davidson on Holiday River Expeditions

Our guides, Nick and Erika, we’re phenomenal. They were true professionals and I/we felt like they were friends/family by the end of the trip. Truly great people. Holiday Expeditions delivered the goods! We had an easy season trip through Westwater Canyon and couldn’t be happier with the overall experience. Professional guides, tasty food, beautiful surroundings, and a top notch experience.

by Robb McGregor on Holiday River Expeditions

Excellent guides - Nick and Erika are not only fully engaged and fun but incredibly astute and in control during the white water rapids. Entertaining yet masterful as guides ... I couldn’t feel safer and in better hands while sharing in their fun attitudes.

by Melissa & Alan Davies on Holiday River Expeditions

Food was excellent and guides were great. Loved the rapids. Took our family of 6, kids ages 8-17 and they all had a blast!

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