Cataract Canyon 5-Day Rafting Adventure

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Moab, Utah

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Moab, Utah

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MT Sobek

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Enjoy action-packed river adventure in under a week! Carving a chasm through Canyonlands National Park, the red-rock wonder of Cataract Canyon begins at the confluence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. Experience the mighty Colorado River canyon's splashy thrills on this classic four-day rafting adventure. Journey over 94 miles in the depths of Cataract Canyon through Canyonlands National Park, tackling "the Big Drops" like Satan's Gut and Little Niagara Falls — famed as some of the world's best rapids. Enjoy exhilarating days of stand-up paddle boarding and camping beneath desert skies. Kick off this trip in Moab — Utah's adventure hub, and end it with a scenic flight from Lake Powell back over Cataract Canyon, the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

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MT Sobek

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Arrive in Moab

Arrive in Moab, Utah's lively adventure hub, and meet your MT Sobek representative at the hotel for an afternoon welcome orientation. Enjoy some free time to explore Moab on your own before re-grouping for dinner.

Raft the Colorado River

Rise for a drive to the Cataract Canyon put-in at Potash Boat Ramp. Meet your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. Adjust to the pace of the warm Colorado River as you paddle past spectacular scenery. Stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. Upon arrival at camp, join the guides in setting up tents and play fun river games like horseshoes and bocce ball. After dinner, watch the sunset to the chirp of the canyon wren.

Scenic Hike & Stand-up Paddle Board

After breakfast, pack up and head out on the Loop Hike — a short, steep 1-mile hike with majestic vistas. Meanwhile, the rafts continue downriver to prepare your post-hike lunch by the river. This afternoon, try stand-up paddle boarding or grab inflatable kayaks for a spot of paddling. Float past the confluence of the Green and the Colorado Rivers, an iconic spot where two great rivers meet. This evening, camp on a sandy beach and let the guides surprise you with riverside festivities.

Tackle Cataract Canyon’s Big Drop Rapids

Rise to face some of the best rapids in the world! Known as "the Big Drops," these classic rapids include Satin's Gut and Little Niagara Falls — and provide heaps of fun. Hear your group's laughter echoing off the canyon walls as you scout the rapids and feel the rush of riding over. On this last night on the river, wrap up the incredible adventure with a special feast for the whole crew.

Raft Closer to the Grand Canyon & Scenic Flight to Moab

Awake for your last day on the river, which features only a half-day of rafting — about 23 miles on the river through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. The towering walls rise higher as you get deeper and approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. At the take-out, have a light snack and transfer to the Hite Airstrip, where a charter flight whisks you up and over Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. Upon landing, a vehicle is waiting to transport your group back to Moab.


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