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Utah Colorado River Cataract Canyon Multi-Adventure

Raft, Hike & Standup Paddle in Scenic Canyonlands

 

Experience the mighty Colorado River canyon's splashy thrills and Canyonlands National Park's scenic hikes on this seven-day multi-adventure. Raft, kayak and standup paddle 100 miles through the red-rock wonder of Cataract Canyon, a chasm carved by the rapids of the Colorado River and the getaway to the Grand Canyon. Hike 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. Unwind each night dining on the sandy beaches and sleeping under the star-speckled desert skies.

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

Getting to Moab, Utah

  • Raft legendary "Big Drops" on this 7-day river adventure

  • Discover hidden arches and hoodoos of dazzling Canyonlands National Park

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

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Arrive:

Moab, Utah

Depart:

Moab, Utah

Price: from $2,495

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

8-20 Guests

Min Age:

9 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

7 Days river rafting up to 20 miles each day on Class I - IV rapids. No previous experience necessary and all hikes are optional.
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  • Raft on the Colorado River

    Day 1

    Meet your guides at the recommended hotel this morning before driving to the Cataract Canyon put-in at Potash Boat Ramp. Receive a safety briefing before the river journey begins. Adjust to the pace of the warm Colorado River as you paddle past spectacular scenery through Meander Canyon. Stretch your legs out for lunch at a scenic river side spot, while you 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 southwest sunset glow to the songs of the Canyon Wren.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 5 hours/10 miles rafting

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Meander through Meander Canyon

    Day 2

    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 in the scenic sides and slots that finger out from the river's stunning canyon, including a winding hike through Lathrop Canyon to explore Native American ruins and pictographs. Spend the afternoon enjoying fun water-based activities in the warm Colorado River, including paddle boarding or kayaking. This evening at the riverside campsite, count the stars on the bright desert sky up above.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/15 miles rafting & optional 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 1200' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoying the River Life

    Day 3

    Start the day at a leisurely pace, enjoying the canyon's solitude. After a tasty brunch, if conditions allow, 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 River as it joins the Colorado River, 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

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/15 miles rafiting & optional 1 hour/1 mile hiking with 800' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Rafting Canyonlands National Park

    Day 4

    If conditions allow, 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 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 the famous rapids. Make camp on a sandy beach this afternoon, in time to watch the sunset while chatting with new friends over appetizers and drinks. Make sure to gaze into the night sky, Canyonlands National Park is a nationally recognized Dark Sky park. This is some of the most magical night sky in America!

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/20 miles hiking with optional 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tackle Cataract Canyon's Big Drop Rapids

    Day 5

    Rise to face some of the best rapids in the world known as Big Drops, Satin's Gut and Little Niagara Falls to name a few - and provide a serious adrenaline rush. Do a few hikes first to scout the rapids, so the guides can assess the safest, best and most memorable ride down the white-water waves. After an adventurous whitewater day, your night will be filled with campfires, stories and a starry night feast before letting the river sounds lull you to sleep.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/20 miles rafting Class III-IV rapids

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Unwind on the River

    Day 6

    Wake up to a leisure sleep in morning. Your trip has been full of hiking, swimming and adventure. Now is the chance to sit peacefully by the river sipping coffee or tea while watching the canyon wake up. A special space to take in the peace and grandeur of the beautiful canyon. Perhaps if the conditions are right, a special hike up to Dark Canyon which some consider one of the more spectacular spots in the canyon. Continue through the canyon post hike taking in the changing river corridor as you get closer to Lake Powell. This will be you last night under a blanket of stars and camp full of laughter.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Colorado River

    Camping is "river style" and includes three to nine nights on the banks of Utah's Green and Colorado Rivers, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include cots, Therm-a-Rest pads, and fresh sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches, relaxing and scenic every day.

    Activity: 6 hours/10 miles rafting

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Raft Closer to the Grand Canyon and Take a Scenic Flight to Moab

    Day 7

    Your last day on the river features only a half-day of rafting through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. Enjoy a final lunch on the river beneath the towering walls which rise higher as you approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. At the take-out, you will be transferred to the Hite Airstrip, where a charter flight retraces your journey through Lake Powell, Canyonlands National Park, Meander Canyon, the Colorado River and finally back to the town of Moab. Have your camera ready the views are epic. Upon landing, a vehicle will be waiting to transport your group back to your starting hotel.

    Activity: 3 hours/10 miles rafting

    Transportation: 1-hour private flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Utah Colorado River Cataract Canyon Multi-Adventure

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What to Expect

 

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

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.

Reason #03

We offer a selection of ways to enjoy the Cataract Canyon, from rafting to hiking, to paddleboarding and kayaking!

Meet your guides

Pauly Borichevsky

Pauly Borichevsky

Pauly has been guiding on rivers across the country for over 18 seasons, he has run over 40,000 miles on the Rivers of Alaska, Arizona, Utah, West Virginia, Idaho, Colorado, and Canada. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves snowboarding, hiking, and biking - almost as much as he loves playing music, as guests can expect him to play his guitar on every trip. When he is not on the river, you can find him at his home in Moab enjoying his friends, listening to and making music, paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking, talking about Philly sports and enjoying all opportunities to be outside.

Activities

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

Lodging

Seven nights at riverside camps with tents that include cots and sleeping pads.

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 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).

When should I arrive for the trip?

We recommend arriving the day before the trip starts to explore Moab, the adventure hub of the southwest, and booking your stay at the Hilton Hoodoo.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Sep 26 - Oct 02, 2021
    $2,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$24 park fees
    Available
  • Oct 03 - 09, 2021
    $2,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$24 park fees
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2021 Pricing

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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