Overview

Carving a chasm through Canyonlands National Park, this extended river rafting trip gives time to discover and enjoy depths of the red-rock wonder of Cataract Canyon - the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Experience the canyon's splashy thrills on this classic six-day rafting adventure, kicking off in Moab - Utah's adventure hub. Enjoy adventurous canyon hiking to expansive vistas, waterfalls and slot canyons and paddling in over 96 miles in the canyon, tackle "the Big Drops" like Satan's Gut and Little Niagara Falls - famed as some of the world's best Class I to IV rapids. Pair exhilarating days on the river with alfresco feasts, fun games, camping beneath desert skies, and a scenic flight back to Moab.

  • Raft legendary "Big Drops" on this extended six-day whitewater adventure, plus one night in Moab

  • Hike to The Dollhouse deep in the heart of the Maze District in Canyonlands National Park

  • 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: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 8-20 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 9 Years Old

Itinerary

  • 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: 5 hours/11 miles rafting
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore Colorado River Canyons & Try Paddle Boarding

    Wake up to the delightful sounds of the river, with hot chocolate, coffee, and tea. After breakfast, pack up your bags and continue the journey downriver. Stop for hikes and explore the scenic sides and slots that finger out from the river's canyon. Spend the afternoon over fun water-based activities in the warm Colorado River. Try out stand-up paddle boarding or grab inflatable kayaks for a spot of paddling. This evening at the riverside campsite, count the stars on the bright desert sky up above.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River
    • Activity: 5 hours/16 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids & optional canyon hiking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Scenic Loop Hike & Swim at The Confluence

    Start the day at a leisurely pace, enjoying the canyon's solitude. After a tasty brunch, head out on the Loop Hike - a short, steep 1-mile trek (800 vertical feet) with majestic vistas. Meanwhile, the rafts continue downriver to prepare your post-hike lunch by the river. Float past the confluence of the Green and the Colorado Rivers, an iconic spot where two great rivers meet. Follow tradition and go swimming here, before starting the journey into Cataract Canyon. This evening, camp on a sandy beach and let the guides surprise you with festivities.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River
    • Activity: 5 hours/20 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids & X hours/1 mile canyon hike with 800' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Sunrise Trek to the Dollhouse & Cataract Canyon Rafting

    Start with a sunrise hike to the Dollhouse in the heart of the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park - a 2,000-ft vertical trek to remember. By mid-morning, get some thrills in Cataract Canyon with rides over 15 rapids, including Brown Betty and Mile Long. Hear your laughter echoing off the canyon walls as you scout the rapids and feel the rush of riding over. Make camp on a sandy beach this afternoon, in time to watch the sunset while chatting with new friends over appetizers and drinks, then let river sounds lull you to sleep.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River
    • Activity: 5 hours/16 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids & 2 hours/4 mile canyon hike with 1,200' elevation
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    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 a serious adrenaline rush. Do a few hikes first to scout the rapids, so the guides can assess the safest and best ride down the white-water waves. On this last night on the river, wrap up the incredible adventure with a special feast for the whole crew.

  • Day07

    Raft Closer to the Grand Canyon & Take a Scenic Flight to Moab

    Awake for your last day on the river, which features only a half-day of rafting - about 15 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/15 miles rafting
    • Transportation: 1-hour private flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableMay 12 - 18, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek's been rafting the world's greatest rivers since 1973 & 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 variety of ways to enjoy the Cataract Canyon including an option to plan a private departure!

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 I 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 five 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, a small pillow, and comfortable cot with a thick Paco pad.

  • 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

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    May 12 - 18, 2019
  • Available
    May 27 - Jun 02, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 09 - 15, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 23 - 29, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 30 - Jul 06, 2019
  • Available
    Aug 11 - 17, 2019
  • Available
    Aug 25 - 31, 2019
  • Available
    Sep 01 - 07, 2019

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2019
$2,595.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $225.00 Single Supplement
  • $150.00 Child Discount (9-15)

Special Offer

  • $150 Off for Kids (17 & under)

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
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • 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 entrance fees, 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

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