Devils Kitchen Needles Canyonlands

Cataract Canyon & Needles $1895

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Relaxation, excitement, and inspiring vistas are enjoyed as our professional guides' seamlessly blend  the legendary Cataract Canyon and the surreal rock formations of the Needles into the perfect vacation getaway. A five day expedition that will leave you with a sense of a freedom, and breathtaking backcountry memories.

rowing cataractHop aboard the raft and the 2000 foot canyon walls ramp up as we make our way to Cataract Canyon. The Colorado River meanders calmly for the first fifty miles. Optional interpretive hikes explore archeological ruins and magnificent side canyons.

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.

The next day we pass the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Let the whitewater begin. We navigate such legendary rapids as Mile Long, Ben Hurt, and Hell-To-Pay, before arriving at the granddaddy of them all -- the Big Drops. Our row boats provide for an excellent ride and great fun though the whitewater rapids.

Needles 4x4 trailAfter an action-packed day we arrive at camp for another delicious riverside meal. We leave the dizzying canyon walls below us as we fly from Hite Marina to the remote Needles District. Here, you'll meet your 4WD guide for another two nights, and begin the backcountry overland segment of your trip.

We'll travel deep into the Needles country following a rugged trail over Elephant Hill. You'll be amazed at the beauty of this unlikely landscape. We'll hike through the narrows of the Joint Trail en-route to spectacular Chesler Park.

You'll visit the Confluence Overlook, a high vantage point which you'll remember from your raft trip just days before. We'll visit numerous archeological sites along with other short hikes into exciting canyons.

Canyonlands National Park along with its beautiful beaches, whitewater rapids,  geologic oddities and historic sites is the ultimate adventure. Only NAVTEC Expeditions offers this trip of a lifetime. Join us into a canyon wilderness that is beautiful beyond description!

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Trip Details:

Your five-day Canyonlands Classic Expedition begins at 8:00 AM at the NAVTEC office in Moab. Please arrive at our office 15 minutes early. After two nights on the river we fly from Hite Marina to Monticello for 2 more nights in the Needles. Trip departure dates detailed below. All transportation included. Contact us for charter trips or special dates. Reservations required, certain trip minimums apply.

2024 Dates: Tuesday Departures
  • March 16, 26
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • June 4, 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August  6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • 8:00 AM -- departure from NAVTEC office
  • 12:00 PM -- Day 3 Fly to Needles
  • 6:00 PM -- Day 5 return to Moab
Cost: $1895 per person + tax
  • Whitewater river running by oar boat
  • National Park 4x4 tour
  • Scenic flight from Hite to Monticello
  • All meals while on the trip
  • Ice water & lemonade and breakfast drinks
  • Coast Guard approved life jackets, river bags and camera box
  • Ground transportation from to put-in and return
  • Pick-up from your motel or campground, if needed
  • Licensed experienced guide service
Not Included:
  • Soft drinks (bring your own -- we provide a cooler and ice)
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
  • Tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth or pad (rentals available)
  • Park Entrance Fees or Park Pass
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 clothes for river & 4X4
  • 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 clothes: t-shirt, long pants, socks, fleece jacket
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