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Overview

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: Moab, Utah
  • Depart: Moab, Utah
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 5-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

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  • Day01

    Arrive in Moab

    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.

  • Day02

    Explore Monument Valley by Air

    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.

    • Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton
    • Transportation: 2.5 hour private flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day03

    Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure through Canyonlands National Park

    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.

  • Day04

    Tackle Cataract Canyon's Big Drop Rapids

    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.

  • Day05

    Float towards the Grand Canyon & Scenic Flight over Canyonlands

    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.

    • Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton
    • Activity: 4 hours/20 miles rafting
    • Transportation: 1-hour private flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Explore Arches National Park by Trail

    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.

    • Accommodation: Hoodoo Hilton
    • Activity: Multiple hiking options
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Depart the Southwest

    After breakfast, say goodbye to your guides and transfer to the airport for flights home.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableJun 14 - 20, 2021
  • AvailableJun 28 - Jul 04, 2021
  • AvailableSep 06 - 12, 2021
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

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.

Reason #02

Our Cataract Canyon operation is based in Moab and our river adventure is led by the best river guides in the business.

Reason #03

Along the way, professional naturalist guides offer insights into the region's incredible geology and diverse flora and fauna.

Meet Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Rafting Class III to V rapids (depending on season), scenic hikes, swimming, and fun games and feasts at camp.

  • Lodging

    A full-service hotel in Moab to kick off and end the adventure, with two nights at riverside camps in between.

  • Climate

    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

FAQ

  • How challenging are the rapids on this trip?

    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.

  • Can you accommodate specific dietary requests?

    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.

  • What are the sleeping accommodations like?

    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.

  • Are there mosquitos on the Colorado River?

    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.

  • Is there any special gear that is required for this trip?

    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).

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jun 14 - 20, 2021
  • Available
    Jun 28 - Jul 04, 2021
  • Available
    Sep 06 - 12, 2021

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2021
$3,995 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $300 Single Supplement
  • $50 Park Fee

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary rafting and camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 2
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional travel protection

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  • "We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek."

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  • "I've taken six MT Sobek trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"

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