Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Colorado River Rafting, Cataract Canyon – About This Trip

Colorado River Rafting through Cataract Canyon has become synonymous with adventure. Buried in the heart of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park the mighty Colorado River cuts through red rock and creates awesome ‘cataract’ rapids. Our rafts carry you to side canyon grotto’s, waterfalls and ancient Pueblo ruins that are otherwise inaccessible in the park. On this whitewater river rafting vacation we see the most vivid contrast between serene tranquility and all-out high adventure.

During the first segment of this Colorado River Rafting the fast-moving current slides us quietly past brilliantly colored cliffs and towering table-top mesas. Here the river conditions both body and soul, giving you time to prepare yourself for the behemoth whitewater rapids awaiting below the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers.

Nowhere on its entire course does the Colorado River descend more precipitously than through Cataract Canyon. On night three of our river rafting adventure, the Colorado River will not rest. The roar of the cataracts will lull you to sleep, dance in your dreams, only to awaken you the next morning with a new song. Time to batten down the hatches and hold on because this is Cataract Canyon whitewater rafting at its best. Twenty-three BIG ONES, among them Mile Long, Ben Hurt and the grand-daddy of them all, The Big Drops, which is a succession of three heavy-hitters that will leave you laughing and cheering. We move 30 feet closer to sea level in less than a mile.

The Colorado River through Cataract Canyon runs just downstream of Moab UT and into the heart of Canyonlands National Park.  After all the rapids you can handle the river enters Glen Canyon National Rec. Area where we take out below the confluence of the Dirty Devil.

Trip Overview

Location: Colorado River – Canyonlands National Park
Type: Rafting
Length: 5-6 Days
Dates: May – September
Meet At: Green River, Utah 8:00 am
Rating: Intermediate, Advanced
Age Min: 16 (June), 8 (July and August)
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

Adult – $1,150
Youth – $1,010 (18 & under)
Group – $1,010 (10 or more)
Senior – $1,010 (65 & older)

Adult – $1,225
Youth – $1,075 (18 & under)
Group – $1,075 (10 or more)
Senior – $1,075 (65 & older)

Departure Dates

2018 Trip Dates

5 Day Trip Dates

May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16

6 Day Trip Dates

July 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 2, 9

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What’s Included

Life Jacket
Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day through
lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/day-mix of regular & diet

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while, one could develop a leak, so we always recommend packing important items in ziplock bags and leaving expensive electronics at home. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

What’s NOT Included

Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on the San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.


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by Eric Hubert on Blank Business Name

Food was excellent. Hikes were informative and beautiful scenery. This is better than an all inclusive resort! There are no lines, no crowds and better than any theme park. Nature is fantastic.

by Derrick Kinglsey on Blank Business Name

Your staff was phenomenal with the arrangements, payment, and information. Awesome job all around! Bryn and Julian were great guides on the hikes. Very knowledgeable! This was one of the "bucket list" items, but was able to share with 2 of my closest friends from college. So glad we were able to share in the experience. Great times and I definitely plan to bring my kids for an expedition when they are older.

by Martha Mastroberti on Blank Business Name

Very comfortable van, fabulous guides (Brinn and Rocky) and delicious food. The guides make or break a trip like this. They were very skilled, good natured, personable and always happy to help with anything. We would take another trip with Rocky and Brinn anytime!

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