Cataract Canyon Hiking & Rafting Adventure

Overview

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. Explore the corners of the Canyonlands National Park, only accessible by the river corridor. Preserving more than 337,000 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, arches, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah's high desert, this rugged red-rock park is a feast for the eyes. Experience splashy thrills and scenic hikes on this epic 10-day rafting adventure, kicking off in Moab and launching from the Green River. Explore desert canyons on foot and face "the Big Drops" like Satan's Gut and Little Niagara Falls - famed as some of the world's best Class III 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 10-day river adventure with one night in Moab

  • Hike deep in the heart of canyon country on trails only accessible from the river

  • Discover hidden arches and hoodoos of dazzling Canyonlands National Park

  • Arrive: Moab, Utah
  • Depart: Moab, Utah
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Group Size: 6-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 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 Green River

    Rise for a drive to the Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyon put-in on the Green River. Meet your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. Adjust to the pace of the warm Green River on this day filled with remarkable desert scenery. Stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. After dinner, watch the sunset to the chirp of the canyon wren.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Green River
    • Activity: 5 hours/18 miles rafting
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Meander through Labyrinth Canyon

    Wake up to the delightful sounds of the river, with hot chocolate, coffee, and tea to start off the day. 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 stunning canyon. This evening at the riverside campsite, count the stars on the bright desert sky up above.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Green River
    • Activity: 6 hours/29 miles rafting & optional 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Enjoying the River

    Wake up to another gorgeous day on the river. After breakfast, head out on your downriver journey. Today is dedicated to fun water-based activities in the warm Colorado River.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado/Green River
    • Activity: 6 hours/32 miles rafting & optional 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Rafting Sillwater Canyon of Canyonlands National Park

    Start the day at a leisurely pace, enjoying the solitude and beauty of the canyon. After a delectable brunch with a one-of-a-kind serving of scenery, head down river and stop to take short hikes to climb the canyons. This evening, play fun river games and then unwind to the soothing sounds of the river.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado/Green River
    • Activity: 6 hours/27 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids; optional 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Hike to the White Rim Mesa & the Confluence Overlook

    Layover day - Spend another day exploring the corners of the dazzling Canyonlands National Park. Enjoy the leisurely hike on the White Rim Overlook trail, showcasing spectacular panoramas of the Colorado River, Monument Basin, and La Sal Mountains.

  • Day07

    Overland Hike to the Dollhouse

    An early start today with packing a lunch, day bag and dry bag, as we head down river a few miles. We'll be dropped off to a spectacular through-hike deep into the heart of the Maze district of Canyonlands National Park. We'll head out for a long off-trail day hike discovering hidden arches and hoodoos and head up to the Dollhouse; in the meantime, the rafts continue downstream and wait at the other end. This evening, camp on a large sandy beach and let the guides surprise you with festivities.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado/Green River
    • Activity: 1 hour/6 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids & 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Leisure Day on the River

    Unplug and unwind at the riverside camp, enjoying time to take slow nature walks, play river games, absorb the scenery, or simply - do nothing at all.

  • Day09

    Raft Cataract Canyon

    Today we enter Cataract Canyon and by mid-morning you will ride 15 fun rapids, including Brown Betty and Mile Long. Hear your group's 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.

  • Day10

    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.

  • Day11

    Raft Closer to the Grand Canyon and 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: 3 hours/15 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids
    • Transportation: 1-hour private flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableMay 01 - 11, 2019
  • AvailableOct 02 - 12, 2019
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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 expert river guides.

Reason #03

We combine the thrills of rafting with in-depth exploration on foot to corners of Canyonlands National Park that are accessible only by the river's corridor.

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, 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 nine 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    May 01 - 11, 2019
  • Available
    Oct 02 - 12, 2019

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$3,495.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $225.00 Single Supplement

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 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

Testimonials

  • "Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

    Bob J.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "Traveling with MT Sobek is like gaining a new set of close friends that have shared an incredible experience together."

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