Cataract Canyon Rafting
Meet at our at our Moab Office (745 Kane Creek Boulevard, Moab, UT) for orientation at 6:30 PM where you’ll receive your dry bags and instructions on how to pack them. Verify you have all that is suggested on the packing list and load up your dry bags for the next day’s adventure!
Arrive at the meet time listed in your confirmation email at the Moab Mild to Wild Office (745 Kane Creek Road, Moab, UT 84532). If you’ve already packed all your belongings in dry bags the evening prior, you’ll just hop on our shuttle for a 30-minute drive to the put-in at Potash.
The guides will give an introductory safety orientation and then we will hit the river! The first day on the Colorado River is on calm water, giving you plenty of time to take in the towering canyon walls and stunning desert scenery.
The midmorning float allows for refreshing swims and a short hike if you like! The lunch stop may be in the shade of a cool grotto, on a sandy beach, or right on the boat. Lunch can be mid-afternoon, so be sure to pack your favorite snacks to hold you over until then. Because the water stays flat for the day, you can keep your munchies in a tote for easy access along with other essentials, like sunscreen or extra layers.
In the early evening, you’ll drift into camp for the night. While your guides set up the outdoor living spaces (kitchen, camp chairs, groover (the portable toilet), you can settle in by setting up your tent. Once your home is set for the evening, you’ll have plenty of time to lounge on the beach, explore hikes, get a game going, or anything that means relaxation to you!
Enjoy hors-d’oeuvres while the guides prepare a delicious gourmet dinner followed by dessert. As the sun sinks behind the canyon walls, you’ll have the campfire (as long as park restriction allow) to keep you cozy under the glimmering Milky Way. Drift off whenever you please into one of your best night’s sleep.
Wake to the smell of fresh coffee and a crackling breakfast. If you’re up and at ‘em, you can catch a breathtaking sunrise painting the canyon in the most vivd hues of the day.
After a hot and filling breakfast, the guides will get the day going by breaking down camp while you pack up your gear and tent. Once the boat is rigged, you’ll get back on the river for a day of big adventures. Depending on the length of your trip, you’ll greet the Green River at an extremely history and scenic confluence as we enter Cataract Canyon.
Here, the current picks up, alluding to the thrilling whitewater and big drops to come. Once you’re about a mile from the largest rapids in Utah, your guides will stop for a thorough safety talk. You’ll launch again and ride through some of the West’s most impressive whitewater, holding on tight as huge waves cover and rock the raft.
After the antics of a lifetime, you’ll settle in a beautiful sandy camp for the night. Like the day before, you’ll assemble your bedroom while the guides make camp and cook up another delicious three-course meal. The following days come with more fun rapids, and opportunities to hike to Ancestral Puebloan ruins.
On the last day of the trip, we will reach Lake Powell where we will take-out at Hite Crossing. We’ll say goodbye to new friends and head back to Moab to conclude your adventure.
Important Note: As the river is different every time it is run, so is each trip! Depending on water flows, the number of participants, and other circumstances Mother Nature imposes, our itineraries are just an estimate!