Oar raft on the Colorado River in big whitewater rapids

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Class IV to Class V $795 Adult & $695 Youth

On this popular three day Cataract Canyon expedition we travel the Colorado River by row boat. There is a sense of freedom as you hop aboard the raft and let Canyonlands National Park take over. Rafting the Colorado beneath 2000 feet of red rock is an adventure with remote wilderness and outstanding whitewater.

Tower Reflection on the Colorado RiverWe begin our journey on the tranquil meandering waters just outside of Moab, Utah. Guides introduce you to your new surroundings as we float under Dead Horse Point. Some take photos, while others jump in the river to cool off. Optional interpretive hikes explore archeological ruins and magnificent side canyons. Well versed in the natural and human history of the canyon, guides share stories as you motor along the Colorado River.

As shadows march across the canyon walls we camp on one of the river's sandy beaches. You can relax and enjoy the sunset as your guides cook a hearty western-style meal over an open fire. After dinner look for dessert to be baked in a dutch oven. Enjoy solitude, beauty, and the soothing sound of a living river as day turns to night.

Arrowhead found in CanyonlandsWe start day two with a hot cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast. Then it’s time to load the boats and head down stream with the help of our small outboard engine. Peregrine falcons dive from the sheer cliffs, great blue herons fish the eddies, and river otters play in the currents. We pass the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. The volume of the river doubles and the rapids of Cataract Canyon lie ahead. This is the heart of canyon country!

In May and June spring run-off from the Rocky Mountains creates some of the best whitewater in North America. In the summer and fall the rapids are smaller, but still thrilling. Our row boats provide an excellent ride and great fun though the white water.

Mile long rapidsWe navigate such legendary rapids as Mile Long, Ben Hurt, and Hell to Pay, before arriving at the granddaddy of them all -- the Big Drops. The boatmen pull hard on the oars as they row past little Niagara and Satan’s Gut, major white water features. After an action-packed day of river running we arrive at our final camp. High fives end the campfire stories that are retold over and over while we eat another delicious meal.

The last day of our journey we finish the rapids and motor across Lake Powell. We spend the day exploring side canyons and lounging around the boat. The canyon opens up at Hite Marina where our river adventure ends. Here many of our guests opt to take the scenic flight back over Canyonlands and Cataract Canyon to Moab, describing their 45-minute journey as the "icing on the cake". Prices and timetables for the return options are listed below.

Rowboat in Big Drop Rapids Cataract Canyon Class V

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Trip Details:

Your three-day Cataract Canyon expedition departs 8:00 AM from the NAVTEC office in Moab. Please arrive at our office 15 minutes early to check-in. We'll shuttle by van to the put in at Potash and hit the Colorado River by 9:00am. We arrive at Hite Marina at about 4:00 pm on day three. Three day Cataract Canyon trips operate March through October. Contact us for charter trips or special dates. Reservations recommended.

2016 Dates: Tuesday Departures
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • April 5, 12, 19, 26
  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28
  • July 5, 12, 19, 26
  • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
Times:
  • 8:00 AM -- departure from NAVTEC office
  • 9:00 AM -- launch at Potash boat ramp
  • 4:00 PM -- take out at Hite Marina
  • 6:00 PM -- arrive in Moab by charter flight
  • 7:30 PM -- arrive in Moab by ground tranportation
Cost: $795 Adult / $695 Youth (16 and younger)
Hite return options:
  • Scenic flight from Hite to Moab $134/person +tax
  • Ground transportation from Hite to Moab $35/person +tax
  • Have your vehicle shuttled to Hite $250/vehicle +tax
Included:
  • Licensed experienced guide service
  • Whitewater river running by oar boat
  • All meals while on the river
  • Ice water, lemonade, and breakfast drinks
  • Coast Guard approved PFDs, river bags, and camera box
  • Ground transportation from our office to the river put in
  • Pick up from your motel or campground if needed
  • Parking available at the NAVTEC office
Not Included:
  • Gratuity to guide
  • Soft drinks (bring your own -- we provide a cooler and ice)
  • Two man tents $26 rental
  • Sleeping bag, pad, and ground cloth $18 rental
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
  • Wetsuit (required on certain trips)
What to bring:
  • Reusable water bottle (we have the refills)
  • Sturdy footwear, please no flip flops
  • Light colored quick dry clothing (not cotton)
  • Rainsuit (both pant and jacket)
  • Change of cloths
  • Spring and Fall base layers: long johns, sweater, polartec, wool
  • Spring and Fall: warm hat, gloves, jacket and dry shoes
  • Swim suit or fast drying shorts
  • Long sleeve shirt if you're sensitive to the sun
  • Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hat with a visor (a must for sun protection)
  • Sunglasses with securing strap
  • Camera, carried at own risk
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Small day pack
  • Toiletries, personal medicines, skin lotion, insect repellant
  • Camp cloths: t-shirt long pants socks, fleece jacket
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RESERVATIONS & CANCELLATIONS:
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  • $100 per person deposit is required to confirm space on the trip. Your balance or final payment is due no less than 30 days prior to trip departure. Reservations made within 30 days of departure require payment in full when the trip is booked.
  • Cancellations made 31 or more days prior to departure receive a full refund less a $50 per person cancellation fee. Sorry no refunds within 30 days of departure WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
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