Visit the three "must-see" landmarks of Utah's Grand Circle three different ways: Monument Valley by air, Canyonlands National Park by water, & Arches National Park by trail. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular, from the ever-changing colors of the sandstone rock formations to the sweeping views of otherworldly landscapes. Take in viewpoints with a birds-eye view, raft through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River, and hike among canyons, spires, and sandstone rock formations thousands of years in the making.
Spend 3-days rafting legendary "Big Drops" through Cataract Canyon
Hike deep into the heart of Arches National Park to explore the red rock wonderland
Take to the skies for a bird's eye view of the Colorado Plateau canyons and mesa
Arrive in the charming town of Moab, Utah at our host hotel. Enjoy an orientation and dinner with the group at one of many celebrated downtown restaurants in Moab.
This morning, catch your chartered flight to go adventure exploring over the desert southwest. Fly from Moab to the Navajo Tribal Park of Monument Valley. During your flight, delight in countless photo ops as you pass over Canyonlands National Park, Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, Natural Bridges National Monument, Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch, and Valley of the Gods. The 1,500 miles of the Colorado Plateau known as the "Grand Circle" will form the core of your expedition. This massive desert landscape is covered in canyons, mesas, and riparian zones which have been home to generations of Native American tribes. Your pilot will share with you the rich history of this region.
The afternoon is free to explore the town, pack your MT Sobek dry bags for your 3 day rafting adventure, or simply relax and take in the surrounding views.
Ride our shuttle to the Cataract Canyon put-in at Potash Boat Ramp. Meet your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. Adjust to the pace of the warm Colorado River as you paddle past spectacular scenery. Stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. Upon arrival at camp, join the guides in setting up tents and play fun river games like horseshoes and bocce ball. After dinner, watch the sunset to the chirp of the canyon wren.
After breakfast, pack up and motor past the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Accessibility through this stretch allows for perhaps the Loop Hike - a short, steep 1-mile hike with majestic vistas. Meanwhile, the rafts continue downriver to prepare your post-hike lunch by the river. Prepare to face some of the best rapids in the world! Known as "the Big Drops," these classic rapids, including Satin's Gut and Little Niagara Falls, provide heaps of adrenaline-fueled fun. This evening, camp on a sandy beach under a rich blanket of stars - Canyonlands National Park is recognized as one of the few Dark Sky Parks in the world. Let the guides surprise you with riverside festivities.
Awake for your last day on the river: 20 miles through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. Towering walls rise higher as you get deeper and approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy lunch on the river before take-out where you will transfer to your charter flight that whisks you up and over Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River, then back to Moab.
Take in the sights of Arches National Park often referred to as a 'Red Rock Wonderland'. Along with your river guides, explore 2-3 trail options for a full day hiking adventure through spectacular geologic formations. Perhaps the trail to Delicate Arch - an icon of Utah, or Landscape Arch - North America's longest natural arch, or a visit to Spires and Fins will make you fall in love with the desert Southwest.
After breakfast, say goodbye to your guides and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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MT Sobek has been rafting the world's greatest rivers since 1973 and is a trusted river operator with special permits to run the Colorado River.
Our Cataract Canyon operation is based in Moab and our river adventure is led by the best river guides in the business.
Along the way, professional naturalist guides offer insights into the region's incredible geology and diverse flora and fauna.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Rafting Class III to V rapids (depending on season), scenic hikes, swimming, and fun games and feasts at camp.
A full-service hotel in Moab to kick off and end the adventure, with two nights at riverside camps in between.
Dry desert environment with spring/fall temps from 65°-85°F and 55°F at night. Summer temps from 85°-100°F and 65°F at night
The peak runoff when the water levels are at their highest usually happens in June. Water levels reach their lowest during the beginning of May, August and September.
We are happy to adjust our menus and accommodate any needs that you may have. We freshly prepare everything alongside the river, so we will give guides all dietary requests in advance.
Under the desert starry skies, you'll get lost gazing as the roaring river lulls you to sleep. We provide a tent, sleeping bag and a thick Paco pad.
The dry desert environment is not good for mosquitos. However, when the water levels drop, there are a moderate amount of mosquitos, so don't forget your repellent just in case.
Very little. Sun protection, bathing suit and comfortable river shoes are most of what you need, as we provide most of the specialty gear needed (2 dry bags for packing, a well-sized life jacket, and a paddle).
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
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