The Colorado River through Cataract Canyon traverses one of the most spectacular red rock landscapes in the desert southwest. By day, float through sandstone spires, massive eroded cliffs, and towering buttes. At night, let your eyes tune in to the equally spectacular star-scape, visible in stunning clarity from the bottom of Canyonlands National Park, an International Dark Sky Park.
Cataract Canyon is famous for its whitewater rapids, but the calm water that leads up to the rapids is special in its own way: the easy pace that begins the trip is the perfect antidote to modern life. The first few days in the canyon invite quiet meditation and allow for plenty of solo paddling in inflatable kayaks or on stand-up paddleboards. The flat water lets the suspense build. By the time we reach the rapids, you’ll be deeply in tune with the flow of the river, ready to ride out the big waves and steep drops.
Swim, play, and float your way through the heart of Canyonlands, and learn a little bit about the world around you, whether you’re hiking to see ancient rock art or staring through binoculars at the Andromeda Galaxy.
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