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Ruby Horsethief — Colorado River

Loma to Westwater


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  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Mileage: 26 miles (2 days)
  • Rating: Class I
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle Time: 1.5 - 2 hours

Put-in Loma: From Moab, take I-70 east to the Loma exit (Exit #15). Cross over the interstate to the south and turn left on a gravel road, follow the road around the corner, the parking area will be off to your left and the launch site is just down the hill.

Take-out WESTWATER RANGER STATION:   From Loma take I-70 west, 4.5 miles inside the Utah border, take the Westwater exit 227, at the off ramp go left (south) for 9 miles to the Westwater Ranger Station. 

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Call (970) 244-3000

Rules of the game: 25 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map. Camping only permitted in designated camps. Please refer to your permit for all regs.

 


 

 

Westwater Canyon — Colorado River


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  • Skill Level: Advanced & experts
  • Mileage: 18 miles (1-2 days)
  • Rating: Class III and IV
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle time: 2 hours

Put-in, Westwater Ranger Station: Take Interstate 70 east, to exit 227. Turn south at the stop sign and proceed for nine miles to the Ranger Station.

Take-out Cisco Landing: Go west from put-in on Interstate 70, take exit 214. Turn left at the stop sign. Follow this road to the (mostly) ghost town of Cisco. Turn left near the "Cisco Disco," a decrepit building with an elaborate mural. Take another left shortly thereafter. After 2.5 miles, turn left toward Cisco Landing. The boat ramp is two miles down this road.

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Call (435) 259-7012

Minimum: below 2,000cfs  technical, small rafts and kayaks.

Maximum: above 12,000cfs  large hydraulics, dangerous currents, prolonged swims/rescues.

Rules of the game: 25 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map, photo ID. Camping only permitted in designated camps. Please refer to your permit for further regulations.

 


 

 

Cisco to Dewey — Colorado River


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  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Mileage: 16 miles (2 days)
  • Rating: Class I
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle time: 1.5 hours

Put-in Cisco Landing: Follow scenic byway 128 from Moab 47 miles north, take a right at the T intersection with hwy 6, Follow this road to the (mostly) ghost town of Cisco. Turn right near the "Cisco Disco," a decrepit building with an elaborate mural. Take another left shortly thereafter. After 2.5 miles, turn left toward Cisco Landing. The boat ramp is two miles down this road.

Take-out Dewey Bridge: Mile marker 28 on hwy 128. From Cisco Landing head back to Cisco. Take a left on hwy 6, take a left on hwy 128, Dewey Bridge recreation access is about 16 miles down the road right after you cross the river. The historic Dewey Bridge was burned down in 2008 by a brush fire.

Permit: Not required / Streamflow data

Rules of the game: first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket(does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map.

*past Cisco Landing use the far river right channel around the large island just below Cisco landing

 


 

 

Fisher Towers — Colorado River


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  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Mileage: 6 to 28 miles (1 or 2 days)
  • Rating: Class II and III, go left at White's Rapid!
  • Season: March through November

River Access: mileage is from hwy 191 along scenic byway 128

-Dewey Bridge -mile marker 28.0

-Hittle Bottom -mile marker 23.5

-Rocky Rapid -mile marker 16.5

-Blm Take-out -mile marker 10.5

-Moab Boat ramp mile marker 0.0

Permit: Not required / Streamflow data

Rules of the game: first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket(does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map. Camping only permitted in designated camps.

 


 

 

Moab to Potash — Colorado River


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  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Mileage: 10-17 miles (1-2 days)
  • Rating: Class I
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle: 1 hour

Put-in: Moab boat ramp just past hwy 128 on hwy 191

Take out: From Moab go north 4 miles on hwy 191, take a left at hwy 279 (potash rd) Gold Bar take out at mile 10 and the Potash boat ramp is at mile 17.

Permit: Not required / Streamflow data

Rules of the game: first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket(does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map.

 


 

 

Cataract Canyon — Colorado River


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  • Skill Level: Advanced  expert
  • Mileage: 100 miles (3 to 6 days)
  • Rating: Class IV and V
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle: 7 hours

Put-in Colorado River: Potash, from Moab go 4 miles North on hwy 191, take a left on hwy 279, Potash boat ramp is at mile 17.

Put-in Green River: Mineral Bottom, from Moab go 9 miles north on hwy 191, take a left on hwy 313, drive 12 miles and turn right at the Mineral Bottom road, follow this dirt road for 13 miles to the boat ramp. (switchbacks impassable during storms)

Take-out: Hite, from Moab take hwy 191 north 30 miles to interstate 70, go west for 33 miles to hwy 24 exit 149, go left on hwy 24, continue for 43 miles till Hanksville UT, better get some gas, take a left on hwy 95, continue through North Wash Canyon for 48 miles, take a right at Hite Marina.

Permit info / Streamflow data

Call: 435 259-4351

Maximum: above 20,000cfs big hydraulics, dangerous currents, prolonged swims/rescues.

Motorized craft: Must have valid state registration, decals, placards and a serviceable fire extinguisher. Boats with out-of-state registration are allowed on Utah waters for 60 days per calendar year. Call for current Lake Powell conditions.

Rules of the game: 40 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition + 1 spare/ 3 people or boat, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map. Please refer to your permit for complete regs.

 


 

 

Desolation/Gray Canyons — Green River


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  • Sand Wash to Swasey’s Beach
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Mileage: 84 miles (4 to 6 days)
  • Rating: Class III and IV (class V bears)
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle 14 hours

Put-in: Sand Wash, 220 miles from Moab (38 dirt), head north on US 191 for 30 miles, where you’ll merge onto I-70 west. Follow I-70 for 24 miles, then take ext 157 to merge onto US-191 north toward Price. After 70 miles take a right to stay on US-191. Follow for 40 more miles. Take a right on W Main St. in Duchesne still hwy 191/us 40, Follow for 17 miles then turn right at Sand Wash Road. Follow signs to the launch area 38 miles.

Put-in: Sand Wash via 9 mile canyon, 177 miles from Moab (88 dirt), not recommended when wet. Head north on US 191 for 30 miles, where you’ll merge onto I-70 west. Follow I-70 for 24 miles, then take ext 157 to merge onto US-191 north toward Price. Go 50 miles on US-191 and turn right at the Wellington Chevron onto Soldier Creek Rd. GET GAS and reset your odometer. Soldier Creek Rd turns into 9 mile Canyon Rd in 5 miles. Continue cautiously down 9 Mile Canyon. (DON’T MISS NEXT TWO TURNS) 41 miles from the Soldier Creek turn off take a left on Gate Canyon Rd. Follow Gate Canyon Rd for 5 miles then turn right on Wrinkles Rd. Follow Wrinkles Rd for 21 miles then turn left at Airport Rd. follow this road for 1.3 miles and turn right. Sand Wash is 4.5 miles away.

Take-out: Swasey’s Beach, from Moab head  north on US-191 for 29.0 mi, Turn left to merge onto I-70 W. Continue for 17.3 mi, and take exit 164  toward Green River. Turn right onto UT-19 and follow for 1.3 mi. Turn right onto Hastings Rd. Hastings  turns into Beach Rd in 5 miles. Swaseys boat ramp is another 4.6 miles on Beach Rd.

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Call: 435-636-0975

Minimum for rafts 1,000cfs

Maximum above 20,000 large hydraulics, dangerous currents, prolonged swims/rescues.

Rules of the game: 25 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map, photo ID. Please refer to your permit for further regulations.

 


 

 

Labyrinth Canyon — Green River


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  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Mileage: 44 to 67 miles (3 to 5 days)
  • Rating: Class I
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle: 7 hours

Put-in: Ruby Ranch, from Moab go north on US-191 for 30 miles, turn west on interstate 70, go 7 miles and take Ranch exit 175, take a left on Ruby Ranch Rd, at 7.5 miles turn left to stay on Ruby Ranch Rd, then take a right in .5 miles to stay on Ruby Ranch Rd. The boat ramp is another 8 miles on this road. *Ruby Ranch charges $10.00 per boat and $5.00 per person to launch at their facility.

Put-in: Green River, from Moab Head north on US-191 for 29.0 mi, Turn left to merge onto I-70 W follow for 17.3 mi, Take exit 164 toward Green River, turn right on UT-19/Main St, .5 miles after you cross the Green River take a left on Green River Blvd, in .5 miles take a left into the old Green River State Park Camp Ground and launch your boat.

Take-out: Mineral Bottom, from Moab go 9 miles north on hwy 191, take a left on hwy 313, drive 12 miles and turn right at the Mineral Bottom road, follow this dirt road for 13 miles to the boat ramp. (Switchbacks impassable during storms)

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call (435) 636-0975

*Remember to copy the permit and leave one at the put-in and take one on the river with you.

Rules of the game: 25 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map. Camping only permitted in designated camps. Please refer to your permit for further regulations.

 


 

 

Upper San Juan River — Utah


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  • Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
  • Mileage: 27 miles (2 to 3 days)
  • Rating: Class I and II
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle: 3 hours

Put-in: Sand Island, Head south on US-191, continue for 75 miles, in Blanding turn left to stay on US-191, continue on US-191 for another 30 miles, continue on US-191 toward US-163, take left on the Sand Island Rd. about 3 miles out of Bluff, the Sand Island boat ramp is about .5 miles on the left.

Take-out: Mexican Hat, from Sand Island get back on US-191 heading south for 1 mile, veer right on US-163, continue on US-163 for 20 miles, at the Mexican Hat Lodge take a left on E 3rd Ave., the boat ramp is .5 miles down this road.

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Minimum: for rafts 2000cfs

Rules of the game: 25 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map, photo ID. Please refer to your permit for complete regs.

 


 

 

Lower San Juan River — Utah


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  • Skill Level: Beginner and intermediate
  • Mileage: 54 miles (4 to 5 days)
  • Rating: Class II and III
  • Season: March through November
  • Shuttle: 3 hours

Put-in: Sand Island, Head south on US-191, continue for 75 miles, in Blanding turn left to stay on US-191, continue on US-191 for another 30 miles, continue on US-191 toward US-163, veer right on US-163, continue on US-163 for 20 miles, at the Mexican Hat Lodge take a left on E 3rd Ave., the boat ramp is .5 miles down this road.

Take-out: From Mexican Hat return to US-163 and take a right, after 3 miles turn left onto US-261, in 33 miles take a left on US-95, in 6 miles take a left on US-276, in 18 miles take a left on Whirlwind Crossing Rd (US-278) the boat ramp is 11 miles down this dirt road. Moderate ground clearance is required and can be impassable to 2wd vehicles when wet.

Permit info / Permit application / Permit calendar / Streamflow data

*You must have a permit on file to obtain a launch reservation. There is no application fee.

Minimum: for rafts 2000cfs for rentals.

Rules of the game: 25 people or fewer, first aid kit, repair kit, air pump, washable leak-proof reusable toilet system, fire pan, whitewater type I, III, or V life jacket in serviceable condition, extra oar, or paddle, bail bucket (does not apply to self-bailing boats)  40ft throwbag, whistle, river map, photo ID. Please refer to your permit for further regulations.

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