Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips

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Colorado River Rafting, Westwater Canyon – About This Trip

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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

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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: $300

Highlights

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  • 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

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1-Day - $210 per-person

2-Day - Adult - $525
Youth/ Senior/ Group - $485 
(18 & under) (65 & older) (10 or more)

3-Day - Adult - $680
Youth/ Senior/ Group - $630
(18 & under) (65 & older) (10 or more)

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

2020 Trip Dates

2 Day Trip Dates

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
June 17 - August 29; Saturdays September 5 - 26

3 Day Trip Dates

Mondays and Fridays
May 4 - June 12;

Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays
June 16 - August 30;

Fridays September 4-25

Trip Slideshow

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Map

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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.

Itinerary

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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.

SAMPLE 3-DAY WESTWATER CANYON RAFTING TRIP ITINERARY

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.

SAMPLE 2-DAY WESTWATER CANYON RAFTING TRIP ITINERARY

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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 128 reviews
by Shannon Molho on Holiday River Expeditions

Karen is very efficient and informative. We also know people who had used Holiday before. Everything was clear. Our guides Josh and Eve were outstanding. They bent over backwards for us and truly made our trip unforgettable. We were in a group of 8 people plus the guides with our 12-year old daughter. She was the only child on the trip. Josh and Eve were great, included her in meal preparation and anything else she could do. The rapids were fantastic the last day and our guides did everything to make sure we were safe in the raft and making the most of the white water. Thank you for this fabulous vacation!

by Kenny D'Evelyn on Holiday River Expeditions

Karen is the best. Everything is fine, though the tents are a little old. This was my third trip with Holiday and I can't get enough. They make everything so easy, from booking to getting on the river. The guides are not only excellent at what they do, but they are awesome people to be around. I brought folks who had never been camping on this last trip and was so grateful for the job Holiday did at introducing them to the river and to camping.

by Liz & Kelly Sharp on Holiday River Expeditions

The best part of pre-trip information was the YouTube video about packing bags. The worst part of any trip is packing, and the waterproof bags were going to be intimidating. Watching the other videos, I decided to take flip-flops for the campsites. They worked well for me.

It's a great website. I see a few trips that would be so fun to take. No problems with the bags. I spent a lot of time on a SUP. It was great. It was hard to adjust the length on the paddle. The guides exceeded expectations. The worst part of my trip is that I didn't get to spend more time with all of them. (You can only be in one boat at a time.) That being said, Rocky was a perfect guide. He let me swim in one of the small rapids. It was amazing. He talked about the rocks. It made the last miles before Cisco so much more interesting. My map shows that we were at the end of the Uncompahgre Uplift. It was fascinating.





The food was excellent. I might have had the best steak ever on that trip. The instant gratification table was a nice tough. The Army never did that. ;-) We'd have been fine without it, but it was so thoughtful. OVERALL: Great guides. Beautiful river. Excellent food. What more could you ask? (You can post that.)

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