Cataract Canyon Hiking & Rafting Adventure

Starting From

$3,495/person

Number of days

11

Start Location

Moab, Utah

End Location

Moab, Utah

Group Size

1-6

Operated by

MT Sobek

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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. Explore the corners of the Canyonlands National Park, only accessible by the river corridor. Preserving more than 337,000 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, arches, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah's high desert, this rugged red-rock park is a feast for the eyes. Experience splashy thrills and scenic hikes on this epic 10-day rafting adventure, kicking off in Moab and launching from the Green River. Explore desert canyons on foot and face "the Big Drops" like Satan's Gut and Little Niagara Falls — famed as some of the world's best Class III to IV rapids. Pair exhilarating days on the river with alfresco feasts, fun games, camping beneath desert skies, and a scenic flight back to Moab.

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MT Sobek

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Itinerary

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 Green River

Rise for a drive to the Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyon put-in on the Green River. Meet your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. Adjust to the pace of the warm Green River on this day filled with remarkable desert scenery. Stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this fragile desert environment. After dinner, watch the sunset to the chirp of the canyon wren.

Meander through Labyrinth Canyon

Wake up to the delightful sounds of the river, with hot chocolate, coffee, and tea to start off the day. After breakfast, pack up your bags and continue the journey downriver. Stop for hikes and explore the scenic sides and slots that finger out from the river's stunning canyon. This evening at the riverside campsite, count the stars on the bright desert sky up above.

Enjoying the River

Wake up to another gorgeous day on the river. After breakfast, head out on your downriver journey. Today is dedicated to fun water-based activities in the warm Colorado River.

Rafting Sillwater Canyon of Canyonlands National Park

Start the day at a leisurely pace, enjoying the solitude and beauty of the canyon. After a delectable brunch with a one-of-a-kind serving of scenery, head down river and stop to take short hikes to climb the canyons. This evening, play fun river games and then unwind to the soothing sounds of the river.

Hike to the White Rim Mesa & the Confluence Overlook

Layover day - Spend another day exploring the corners of the dazzling Canyonlands National Park. Enjoy the leisurely hike on the White Rim Overlook trail, showcasing spectacular panoramas of the Colorado River, Monument Basin, and La Sal Mountains.

Overland Hike to the Dollhouse

An early start today with packing a lunch, day bag and dry bag, as we head down river a few miles. We'll be dropped off to a spectacular through-hike deep into the heart of the Maze district of Canyonlands National Park. We'll head out for a long off-trail day hike discovering hidden arches and hoodoos and head up to the Dollhouse; in the meantime, the rafts continue downstream and wait at the other end. This evening, camp on a large sandy beach and let the guides surprise you with festivities.

Leisure Day on the River

Unplug and unwind at the riverside camp, enjoying time to take slow nature walks, play river games, absorb the scenery, or simply — do nothing at all.

Raft Cataract Canyon

Today we enter Cataract Canyon and by mid-morning you will ride 15 fun rapids, including Brown Betty and Mile Long. Hear your group's laughter echoing off the canyon walls as you scout the rapids and feel the rush of riding over. Make camp on a sandy beach this afternoon, in time to watch the sunset while chatting with new friends over appetizers and drinks, then let river sounds lull you to sleep.

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 a serious adrenaline rush. Do a few hikes first to scout the rapids, so the guides can assess the safest and best ride down the white-water waves. 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 and Take a Scenic Flight to Moab

Awake for your last day on the river, which features only a half-day of rafting — about 15 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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