Colorado River One Day Rafting Trips

One day Colorado River rafting trips are an essential part of any visit to Utah’s red rock country. And Moab is the place to make it happen! Just north of Moab, the Colorado River flows through a large valley, with sweeping views of red rock monuments, mesas, and buttes. The Fisher Towers and the lofty La Sal Mountains preside over a 14-mile stretch of gentle Class I and II rapids. It’s the perfect setting for youth groups, Scouting groups, and church groups. It’s also ideal for anyone looking for an easy introduction to river rafting. Stand-up paddleboards and inflatable kayaks provide great opportunities for solo exploration. Just up the road from Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and close to all the conveniences of Moab, it’s easy to include this one day Colorado River rafting trip in your desert explorations.

Interested in this section of the Colorado but want to spend more time? Plan an overnight trip.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The only place on the Colorado River where you can stare at snowy mountains from the center of Utah’s red desert.
  • Fun, easy whitewater rapids: great for youth groups and inflatable kayaks.
  • Float through a landscape featured in countless Hollywood movies.
  • Close to Moab, Utah, for maximum convenience.
  • Spend a day playing on the river and make it back to town for dinner.

 

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Trip Overview

  • Type:

    Rafting

  • Location:

    Colorado River

  • Length:

    1 Day - 14 Miles

  • Dates:

    Memorial Day–Labor Day

  • Meet at:

    Outside of Moab, Utah @ 10:00am

  • Difficulty:

    Beginner

  • Min. Age:

    5

  • Deposit:

    0

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Rates & Dates

1 Day

  • Adult:
  • $90.00
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $80.00
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $75.00
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2020
  • Scheduled Upon Request with 8 or more people

Itinerary

The Colorado Daily trip begins 24 miles north of the town of Moab, Utah, due east of Arches National Park. Float southwest for 14 river miles, taking in views of red canyon walls and 12,000-foot mountains. The trip ends just ten miles from town.

Sample Itinerary

The meeting time and place will depend on your group’s needs and where you are staying, but as a general rule we will meet on the north end of Moab alongside the Colorado River at approximately 10:00 a.m.

We’ll launch our rafts at Hittle Bottom, at the base of the iconic Fisher Towers, huge mudstone structures that seem to defy gravity. We’ll have a couple of miles to settle in and practice on the inflatable kayaks or stand-up paddle boards before we reach the first rapid, Onion Creek. Although its waves are relatively small, it goes for a long way!

Lunch is served river side. Cool your feet in the river while you eat, or enjoy the shade of a cottonwood tree. After lunch we’ll continue rowing down through Cloudburst Rapid, Rocky Rapid, and White’s Rapid. Wave to people on the porch at Sorrel River Ranch or Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge.

Our trip comes to an end at Take-Out Beach, just ten miles north of Highway 191 and Moab. Depending on what your group has arranged, your vehicles will either be waiting for you there, or we’ll transport you back to them. We aim to be wrapping things up by 4:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary. Your trip will follow this general outline but some of the details may change depending on your group’s needs, weather, river conditions, and the other people also enjoying the river.

River trips are changeable by nature. We encourage you to arrive with an open mind and a willingness to go with the flow! This sample itinerary is just one example of what your one day Colorado River trip may include. Rest assured, whatever the exact itinerary, it’s sure to be spectacular!

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by Danielle Mackey on Holiday River Expeditions

Our guides were absolutely amazing - I would especially like to comment on how well they did with all the kids on our trip - their patience, humor and safety was spot on!
This raft trip was an absolutely amazing experience! Highly recommend for anyone wanting to see the wild west and the beauty that it holds! There is no better way to experience the outdoors, super yummy food and great company!

by Jill Hart on Holiday River Expeditions

This was such an amazing trip! Susan, Erica and Jessica were amazing guides and I will definitely be back again and again!