3 Day Colorado River Rafting Trip (Cataract Canyon)

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3 Day Cataract Canyon Rafting – About This Trip

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This three-day Colorado River whitewater rafting trip through Cataract Canyon is meant for you. It includes a rollercoaster ride over the thrilling Big Drop Rapids with formidable names like Little Niagara and Satan’s Gut.

Our three-day and two nights Cataract Canyon trip gives you the fun and exhilaration of our longer 5 and 6 day river trip. We make this possible by taking a morning jet boat ride down the upper section of the Colorado River, and then transferring to our oar rafts above the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Next we journey deep into the red rock country of Canyonlands National Park and the whitewater to come.

The 3-day Cataract Canyon trips are booked upon request with 8 or more people.  

Trip Overview

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Location: Colorado River 
Canyonlands National Park
Type: Rafting
Length: 3 Days
Dates: Scheduled on request with 8 or more people
Meet At: Green River, Utah 6:00 am
Rating: Intermediate, Advanced
Age Min: 16 (June), 8 (July-August)
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • Picturesque sandy beaches
  • Classic red-rock canyons
  • Abundant and diverse hikes
  • River thunder and thrilling whitewater

Trip Prices & Departure Dates

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Adult - $1,130
Youth - $1,005 (18 & under)
Senior - $1,005 (65 & older)
Group - $980 (10 or more)

June, July, August (Wed.) Scheduled on request with 8 or more people.

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The first half of this stretch of river will breeze by in the first few hours. Launch from the Potash boat ramp in a jet-boat to our awaiting oar rafts near the confluence of the Green River.   Enjoy the rest of your time inside the mighty gorge of Cataract Canyon and finish your trip in Glen Canyon National Rec. area.

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, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river.  This typical itinerary illustrates a three-day trip through Cataract Canyon.  Sometimes we lengthen the Cataract trip by one day and follow this general itinerary.

Pre-Trip: The day before your trip, there will be a pre-trip orientation meeting at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).  A holiday representative will give you a short orientation on all aspects of river travel. At this time we will issue your waterproof bags and answer any questions you may have.  If you plan on buying any last minute items from our accessories store, please plan to do so at this time.

Day 1:   Meet group at headquarters in Green River, Utah at a predetermined time established at your 8PM pre-trip orientation meeting the evening prior.  Following a one-hour drive to the Colorado River, we will transfer to jet boats for a ride to the starting point of the raft trip. The river peacefully meanders into the heart of Canyonlands National Park.  Quiet beaches, hidden canyons, and refreshing water fights are common throughout this section of the trip.

Day 2:  We reach the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers.  The Ute Indians believe the Confluence to be the center of the universe.  Just below the meeting of these two rivers enjoy a view of the Doll House, an appropriately named collection of freestanding, sandstone columns.  Ascend steeply to the canyon rim in the Maze District with red rock formations. After descending to the river, the rapids of Cataract Canyon await.  The climax: Big Drop Rapids with Little Niagara and Satan's Gut.

Day 3:  Begin the journey through majestic Glen Canyon and the former high-water mark for “Lake” Powell.  Aided by motorboat “Hayduke” during higher lake levels, you’ll finish the trip at Hite Take-out.  A two-hour drive brings you back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 5:00 to 6:00 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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Average rating:  
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by Ross Kantra on Holiday River Expeditions

The guides were great. They kept all of us informed and always made safety the first priority. The heat was rising during the trip at our last two campsites and they devised a makeshift shade structure with oars and tarps to keep everyone cool. They also cleared brush and other obstacles at our campsites. I really enjoyed the interpretive guided hikes because it is always good to learn new things about the area and its history.

by Matthew Herman on Holiday River Expeditions

Everything was in great condition and worked very well. The bags were very roomy! Our guides (Rocky, Josh, Brin, Julian) were amazing -- amazingly competent, helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. They did a terrific job of being an integral part of the social aspect of the trip while not being imposing in any way. We spent most of our raft time with Brin and Julian. They were amazing. This was the most fun trip we've ever been on!

by Joan & Cristy VanAtta on Holiday River Expeditions

FABULOUS TRIP down Cataract Canyon, everything was PERFECT!! GREAT guides, good food, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking and of course spectacular scenery and rapids… An EPIC off-the-grid vacation for me and my family. Thank you Holiday, we will be back. 

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