1 day cataract canyon tour

Class IV to Class V $625 Adult & $595 Youth

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cataract mapUndoubtedly the finest one day expedition anywhere. Run the mighty Colorado River down Cataract Canyon on the NAVTEC exclusive whitewater RHIB. (rigid hull inflatable boat)

Great Blue Heron

This famous 100 mile section of the Colorado travels into the heart of Canyonlands and through 30 world class rapids.

Indian Creek waterfall

Watch for wildlife as you take in the canyon vistas along the upper lazy river miles. Rafting the Colorado on a RHIB means there is time for swimming, hiking or relaxing in the shade. Canyonlands National Park is an outstanding wilderness setting where photographic opportunities abound. Enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Downstream we pass the Confluence of the Green River and Colorado, and enter the much anticipated whitewater.

Our Whitewater RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) gives you a fun and stable ride. These small and competent craft navigate the thrilling whitewater of the North Seas, Hell-to-Pay, and the Big Drop rapids.

Highwater Cataract CanyonCataract Canyon is one of the most exciting one-day river trips in the United States. During the months of May and June, snow melt from the Rocky Mountains makes for a day of super-charged whitewater action. Water levels become more moderate during summer and fall months, but the whitewater is still impressive. The maneuverability of the RHIB guarantees you will have an incredible experience no matter what the flow.

After hitting the rapids, a thirty mile run across Lake Powell brings us to the end of our trip. We leave the water at Hite Marina. You then have three options; return to Moab by ground transportation, by scenic flight, or have your personal vehicle shuttled to Hite for your arrival. Prices and timetables for the return options are listed below.

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Trip Details:

Your one day Cat trip departs NAVTEC Expeditions at 7:00 am. Please arrive 15 min early to check in. We'll shuttle by van to the put-in at Potash and hit the Colorado River by 8:00am. After a full day on the water we arrive at Hite Marina at about 6:00 pm. One day Cataract Canyon trips operate March through October. Contact us for charter trips or special dates. Reservations are required, certain trip minimums apply.

2024 Dates: Wednesday & Saturday Departures
  • March 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • April 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
  • May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
  • July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
  • August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
  • September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
  • October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • 7:00 AM -- departure from NAVTEC office
  • 8:00 AM -- launch at Potash boat ramp
  • 6:00 PM -- take out at Hite Marina
  • 7:00 PM -- arrive in Moab by charter flight
  • 9:30 PM -- arrive in Moab by ground tranportation
Cost: $625 Adult / $595 Youth (16 and younger) Govt fees not included
Hite return options:
  • Scenic flight from Hite to Moab $219/person +tax
  • Ground transportation from Hite to Moab $35/person +tax
  • Have your vehicle shuttled to Hite $250/vehicle +tax
  • Licensed experienced guide service
  • State of the art Whitewater RHIB
  • Quality lunch with ice water and lemonade
  • Coast Guard approved PFDs, river bags, and camera box
  • Ground transportation from our office to the river put-in
  • Pick up from you your motel or campground if needed
  • Parking available at the NAVTEC office
  • Wetsuit when conditions require
Not Included:
  • Gratuity to guide
  • Soft drinks (bring your own -- we provide a cooler and ice)
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
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
  • Spring and Fall base layers: long johns, sweater, polartec, wool
  • Spring and Fall: extra warm cloths (just in case)
  • 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
  • Small day pack
  • Cells Phones and Camera, carried at own risk
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