Take the family on a river adventure to remember! 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. Journey over 93 miles, and experience splashy thrills for all the entire family on this classic four-day rafting adventure, kicking off in Moab-Utah's adventure hub. Everyone will enjoy scenic floats, exciting whitewater, playful days of stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, canyon exploration, and comfortable camping on big sandy beaches. Pair exhilarating days on the river with delicious meals, fun games, camping beneath desert skies, and a scenic flight back to Moab. It's way better than summer camp! 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.
Raft the legendary Colorado River on this four-day family whitewater adventure, with one night in Moab
Enjoy fun-filled days of family activities and enjoys delicious meals, in the scenic depths of Canyonlands National Park
Try stand-up paddle boarding and go for a swim where the Green and Colorado Rivers meet
Arrive in Moab, Utah's lively adventure hub, and enjoy the afternoon of exploring this vibrant little downtown. You'll then meet your MT Sobek guide for a fun family-oriented activity in the early afternoon so don't forget your sunhat! This afternoon orientation will help you get to know your fellow family travelers and will answer any questions you have about the trip. We'll enjoy dinner together before an early night before the next big day!
We'll rise for a short drive to the Colorado River put-in, just downstream of Moab. Meet the rest of your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. There will be many options for family activities throughout the day! You will stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this desert canyon country. Upon arrival at camp, play fun river games like horseshoes and bocce ball will be available - as well as scavenger hunts with surprises for the kids! After an early dinner, watch the sunset from your riverside tent and listen to the sound of the river.
After breakfast, continue downriver past Lathrop and Buck Canyons, as you get deeper into Canyonlands National Park. There'll be a short, steep 1-mile hike with majestic vistas - or stay with the rafts and continue downriver to meet the group. This afternoon, try stand-up paddle boarding or grab inflatable kayaks while swimming in the warm waters of the Colorado River. Follow tradition and go swimming where the confluence of the Green and the Colorado Rivers, an iconic spot where two great rivers meet before starting the journey into Cataract Canyon. This evening, enjoy a sunset on the walls as the kids help the guides prepare a fabulous meal for Mom and Dad. Tonight, the kids are welcome to campout together on a sandy beach under the stars!
Today, kick it off with Brown Betty rapid first thing in the morning, with heaps of fun ahead with a full day of over 25 rapids. Hear your family's laughter echoing off the canyon walls as you scout the rapids and feel the rush of riding over big waves in the warm waters of the Colorado River. You'll have options for riding in a paddleboat or oar boat with the family together - as the experienced guides navigate down this exciting white water. Once at camp in the afternoon, revel in the thrilling day on the river. This evening will be a special family feast to celebrate the incredible adventure.
Awake for your last day on the river, and enjoy the usual morning hot coco, coffee and breakfast riverside before jetting down the last 15 miles on the river through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. The towering walls rise higher as you get deeper in the canyon and approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. At the take-out, say goodbye to the Colorado River and transfer to the Hite Airstrip, where a charter flight whisks you up and over Canyonlands National Park, retracing the river you just rafted! Upon landing, a vehicle is waiting to transport your family back to Moab.
Unplug with your family - enjoy quality time together in nature, on the river, and sleep under the stars!
MT Sobek's family-style adventure river trips are truly something unique for the whole family - kids, parents and grandparents!
MT Sobek's been rafting the world's greatest rivers since 1973 and is a trusted river operator with expert river guides - the best in the business!
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 down rapids, easy scenic hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, and fun family games and feasts at riverside campsites.
A full-service hotel in Moab to kick off the adventure, followed by three nights at riverside campsites.
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.
There are shorter days than our normal MT Sobek trips. Trip leaders have plenty of experience guiding families. We include food options appropriate for kids and one or two evenings for adults to be on their own while children are entertained.
Yes, this trip is great for beginners with no previous experience is required. Our guides have extensive safety certifications and will train you on what you need to know.
Our family focused river trips are packed with short hikes, extra games, special healthy meals, and guides who know how to be safe and have fun with children of all ages!
There will be endless opportunities for interpretative lessons during the journey through the red rock canyon country. Our guides are knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, the geology, and the history of the Native Americans on the Mighty Colorado River.
We bring oar rafts, paddle boats, inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on each trip. We carry a motor with us for the flat water sections, particularly on the last day close to the takeout.
Very few. The dry desert environment is not good for mosquitos. There are occasional scorpions but nothing to be concerned about. Your guides will teach you everything you need to know about critters and crawlies on this camping adventure.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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