Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel


Enjoy action-packed river adventure in under a week! Carving a chasm through Canyonlands National Park, the red-rock wonder of Cataract Canyon begins at the confluence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. Experience the mighty Colorado River canyon's splashy thrills on this classic four-day rafting adventure. Journey over 94 miles in the depths of Cataract Canyon through Canyonlands National Park, tackling "the Big Drops" like Satan's Gut and Little Niagara Falls-famed as some of the world's best rapids. Enjoy exhilarating days of stand-up paddle boarding and camping beneath desert skies. Kick off this trip in Moab, Utah's adventure hub, and it with a scenic flight from Lake Powell back over Cataract Canyon, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. See below for a sample itinerary of your day-to-day activities.

Note - Actual itinerary routes vary from departure to departure depending on environmental conditions and group abilities. Please call for more details about each departure.

  • Float through the scenic red-rock wonderland of Utah's Canyonlands National Park in four days

  • Raft legendary "Big Drops" on this legendary river adventure that also includes one night in Moab

  • Try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and go for a swim where the Green and Colorado Rivers meet

  • Arrive: Moab, Utah
  • Depart: Moab, Utah
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Group Size: 8-20 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 9 Years Old


  • Day01

    Arrive in Moab

    Arrive in Moab, Utah's lively adventure hub, and meet your MT Sobek representative at the hotel for an afternoon welcome orientation. Enjoy some free time to explore Moab on your own before re-grouping for dinner.

  • Day02

    Raft the Colorado River

    Rise for a drive 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.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River
    • Activity: 6 hours/22 miles rafting & 1hr/0.5-mile hike
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Scenic Hike & Stand-up Paddle Board

    After breakfast, pack up and head out on 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. This afternoon, try stand-up paddle boarding or grab inflatable kayaks for a spot of paddling. Float past the confluence of the Green and the Colorado Rivers, an iconic spot where two great rivers meet. This evening, camp on a sandy beach and let the guides surprise you with riverside festivities.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River
    • Activity: 6 hours/28 miles rafting & 1.5 hours/1 mile canyon hike with 800' elevation gain & loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Tackle Cataract Canyon's Big Drop Rapids

    Rise to face some of the best rapids in the world! Known as "the Big Drops," these classic rapids include Satin's Gut and Little Niagara Falls - and provide heaps of fun. Hear your group's laughter echoing off the canyon walls as you scout the rapids and feel the rush of riding over. On this last night on the river, wrap up the incredible adventure with a special feast for the whole crew.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River
    • Activity: 6 hours/19 miles rafting Class II - III rapids (Class IV in May only)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Raft Closer to the Grand Canyon & Scenic Flight to Moab

    Awake for your last day on the river, which features only a half-day of rafting - about 23 miles on the river through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. The towering walls rise higher as you get deeper and approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. At the take-out, have a light snack and transfer to the Hite Airstrip, where a charter flight whisks you up and over Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. Upon landing, a vehicle is waiting to transport your group back to Moab.

    • Activity: 4 hours/23 miles rafting
    • Transportation: 1-hour private flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableMay 19 - 23, 2020
  • AvailableJun 09 - 13, 2020
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek's 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 expert river guides.

Reason #03

We offer a selection of ways to enjoy the Cataract Canyon, including an option to charter!

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 flatwater to IV rapids (depending on season), scenic hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, and fun games and feasts at camp.

  • Lodging

    A full-service hotel in Moab to kick off the adventure, followed by three nights at riverside camps.

  • 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.


  • What kind of boats and water crafts are with us on the river?

    The boats and water craft used will depend on water levels and safety considerations. In high water, we will have a larger motorized raft accompany our standard oar boats. In medium to lower water, we use an oar raft and paddleboats. In low water, we bring inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for calm sections.

  • 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).

  • 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 thick Paco pad.

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    May 19 - 23, 2020
  • Available
    Jun 09 - 13, 2020
  • Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2020
  • Available
    Jul 21 - 25, 2020
  • Available
    Aug 04 - 08, 2020

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$2,295.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $225.00 Single Supplement
  • $24.00 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 river guide(s)
  • All necessary camping, rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding gear
  • All group activities and ground transportation

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your river guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional travel protection
  • Alcoholic beverages


  • "A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

    Carol & Burt D.

    MT Sobek Guests

  • "The Cataract Canyon rafting trip is an exciting experience for both young and old. We saw amazing natural sandstone structures, were thrilled by challenging white water, learned about ancient petroglyphs, had fun cooling off by floating in the river, and slept under the sparkling canopy of the Milky Way. It was a perfect summer adventure!"

    Margaret C.

    MT Sobek Guest, Cataract Canyon 5-Day Rafting Adventure

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