turks head hike canyonlands national park tour

Class IV to Class V $1320 Adult & $1215 Youth

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Journey along the Green River into Canyonlands National Park. We travel 100 miles in four days between the canyons of Stillwater, and Cataract. This canyon run is awesome in its scenic beauty, remoteness, and whitewater. Our row boats provide an excellent ride and great fun though the whitewater.

funky headWARNING: you are about to start a grand expedition into a seldom visited red rock wilderness. Pack your drybags and keep your cameras near as we shuttle by van from Moab to Mineral Bottom, the put in for our journey. As we push off heading downstream enjoy the steep canyon walls and solitude of Stillwater Canyon.

After a day of exploring we set up a small comfortable camp. Relax by the river’s edge while boatmen become the campfire cooks of a delicious dinner. Dessert is served as the fire casts its shadows on the canyon walls. We fall asleep under a canopy of stars to the rivers sound.

cataract canyon rapidsFormed where ancient stream beds flowed, lines of shale separate the sandstone and limestone layers of the canyon. Search for marine fossils as we make another Green River camp. Campfire stories of explorers, outlaws and ancient Native American tribes lead us into a star filled evening.

The Confluence of the two great southwestern rivers lies just below two big bends of the Green River. The White Rim Sandstone is 1200’ overhead and large angular blocks have rolled down the talus slopes. Sediments from the Green and Colorado rivers swirl as the two rivers merge.

Water pictographJust below Spanish Bottom is the famed whitewater of Cataract Canyon. Guides go over safety instructions before the much anticipated first wave of Brown Betty. Thirty rapids, ranging in difficulty up to class V, roll through the canyon. Legendary rapids like the Big Drops, Mile Long, and Hell to Pay challenge river runners.

We make our final camp along the banks of the Colorado River charged by the whitewater thrill of Cataract Canyon. In the morning we begin our dash across Lake Powell. We stop along the way to explore one of the most spectacular side canyons before arriving at Hite Marina. Here many of our guests opt to take the scenic flight back over Canyonlands to Moab, describing their 45-minute journey as the "icing on the cake". Prices and timetables for the return options are listed below.

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Trip Details:

Your four-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 on the Green River and hit the water by 10:00 am. We arrive at Hite Marina at about 4:00 pm. Contact us for charter trips or special dates. Reservations required, certain trip minimums apply.

2024 Dates
  • March 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • May 6, 13, 20, 27
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • August 5, 12, 19, 26
  • September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • 8:00 AM -- departure from NAVTEC office
  • 9:00 AM -- launch at Mineral Bottom boat ramp
  • 4:00 PM -- take out at Hite Marina
  • 5:30 PM -- arrive in Moab by charter flight
  • 7:30 PM -- arrive in Moab by ground tranportation
Cost: $1320 Adult / $1215 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
  • Whitewater river running by oar boat
  • All meals while on the river
  • Ice water refills and lemonade
  • 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
  • Wetsuit when conditions require
Not Included:
  • Gratuity to guide
  • Soft drinks (bring your own -- we provide a cooler and ice)
  • Two man tents $20 rental + tax
  • Sleeping bag, pad, and ground cloth $13 rental +tax
  • 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: 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
  • Cell Phones and 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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