Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DO THE CLASS OF RAPIDS MEAN?
Most rivers in the world are rated on the International Scale of Whitewater I – VI.
Class I: “moving water”
Class II: “splashes”
Class III: “wet and fun”
Class IV: “big drops”
Class V: “violent rapids”
Class VI: considered “unrunnable”.
Castle Valley has a few Class II sections, and one Class III during high water season in spring.
WHEN DO WE NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS?
Many of our trips book out so make your reservation as soon as you have chosen a trip and date. Feel free to call us, or book online!
Can I kayak this trip?
Kayaks are offered to those with physical fitness and the ability to swim for Castle Valley.
HOW DO I TIP MY GUIDE AND HOW MUCH?
We cannot run tips on our credit card system, so please bring cash or get your guide’s digital wallet info (Venmo, Zelle, etc.) after your trip. Between 10% – 20% of your total trip cost is typical.
River Related FAQ
WHAT DO I WEAR?
From March to May, water temps are on the colder side, and when water temperatures are below 55° F, we highly recommend wearing a wetsuit. We have them available to rent!
When water temperatures are over 55° F, which is usually late May through September:
- Quick dry clothing/Swimsuit
- Sandals with straps (no crocs or flip flops allowed!) or anything any shoes that will stay securely on your feet.
WHAT’S THE WATER TEMPERATURE?
The temperatures on the Colorado River can change as fast as the weather in Moab, but here are the averages:
March: 45° F
April: 55° F
May – June: 65° F
July & September: 70° F
August: 75° F
DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM?
If you choose to kayak, yes! If you choose rafting, nope! If you don’t want to swim, the best way to avoid it is to listen to the safety orientation.
HOW DEEP IS THE WATER?
The average width of the Colorado River is 300 ft. across with an average depth of 20 ft.
WHICH SECTION HAS MORE RAPIDS?
The afternoon section.
WHICH SECTION CAN YOU SEE FISHER TOWERS?
The morning section.
HOW LONG IS THE SHUTTLE TO THE PUT-IN?
Around 30 minutes.
WHAT IS FOR LUNCH?
Village Market caters our lunches, which include sandwiches, chips and cookies. We have gluten free and vegetarian options as well.
WHY IS THE HALF DAY TRIP 4 HOURS IF WE’RE ONLY ON THE WATER FOR 2 TO 3 HOURS?
There is an incredibly scenic drive to our put-in location, along with time built in to check in and sign waivers (if you didn’t already online) and change into your river getup.
WHICH IS MORE FUN, SINGLE OR DOUBLE KAYAKS?
Single kayaks will naturally give you more independence, while double kayaks require some coordination with your shipmate. If you want a good workout, a single kayak is the way to go.
CAN I BRING ALCOHOL?
Nope! But feel free to check out the Best Bars in Moab to enjoy after your trip.
DO YOU DO A SUNSET TRIP?
Unfortunately we don’t run sunset trips, but check out our top recommendation for a sunset drive in Moab!
CAN I TAKE MY 3 1/2 YEAR OLD?
If your child is at least 35 pounds and the water levels are low, we may be able to accommodate you. All requests must be approved by a manager, so please give us a call!
If you have more questions for us, bring ’em on!
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