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Basics
Location:
Deep within Canyonlands National Park 70 miles southwest of Moab
Suitability:
Raft,
Kayak
River Length
18 miles
Time:
2-3 days
Season:
Year round with peak from late-May through June

Description

Located deep within the remote, rugged scenic splendor of Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is Cataract Canyon. Cataract Canyon contains some of the best whitewater in the country, especially during spring run-off. The so-called "graveyard of the Colorado" has 26 substantial rapids from Class 3 to 4+.

Tour Companies

  • Utah Rivers
  • Rafting
  • 209-736-4677

O.A.R.S. As the largest and most diverse rafting & adventure travel company in the west, O.A.R.S. runs Utah whitewater rafting trips in Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands, and the San Juan River. Join O.A.R.S. for a whitewater river rafting adventure, and you'll experience a high-quality adventure vacation with one of the most respected outdoor adventure travel companies since 1969.

  • Grand Canyon & Utah Canyon Country
  • Rafting
  • 800-253-7328

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Since 1971, Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has offered exceptional whitewater rafting vacations. Our Colorado River rafting trips include Grand Canyon rafting, Cataract Canyon rafting in Canyonlands National Park, and Westwater Canyon rafting near Moab, Utah.
We also offer Green River rafting trips through Utah's Desolation Canyon.

  • Colorado & Green Rivers
  • Rafting, Canoeing
  • 800-284-7280

Moki Mac River Expeditions A family run business for over 30 years, Moki Mac River Expeditions offers a full variety of trips on the Colorado and Green Rivers. Choose from easy day trips, relaxing float trips or wild whitewater adventures. All trips are led by expert guides and feature spectacular desert canyon wilderness.

  • Colorado & Green Rivers
  • Rafting
  • 800-332-2439

Sheri Griffith Expeditions No river has captured people's hearts and imaginations like the mighty Colorado River and her tributaries. The spectacular scenery, the uncrowded splendor of the river, the solitude of the canyons, a journey back in time. Join us for an adventure that will indeed change your life and provide a glowing sense of pleasure that is hard to find anywhere in today's high pressure world.

  • Green & Colorado Rivers
    Westwater, Cataract & Grand Canyons
  • Rafting, Kayaking
  • 801-942-6669

Western River Expeditions Utah River runners at any level of experience are bound to find the right rafting trip with Western River Expeditions. If you've never run a river or slept outdoors, you are like many of our guests. Relax. We design our trips to be comfortable and accessible to most everyone, regardless of experience. After all, this is your vacation.

  • UT / CO / ID Rivers
  • Rafting
  • 800-624-6323

Holiday River Expeditions - Rafting Since 1966, Holiday Expeditions has provided trips to the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Today, we offer whitewater rafting in Utah, Colorado and Idaho, on the Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan, and Salmon rivers. Click here for the ride of your life!

Setting:
Desert
Suitability:
Raft
Kayak
River Length
18 miles
Time
2-3 days
Add 2-3 days if floating from Moab
Season:
Year round with peak from late-May through June
Guides Available?
Yes
Additional Details
Private groups or individuals must be experienced and have proper equipment to obtain a permit to run the river here. Call the Canyonlands info number at 435-259-7164 far in advance of planned trip. Most people though leave it up to the numerous outfitters in Moab to arrange and guide their trip. Most trips here are multi-day and begin with the slow water sections described above, but you can arrange to be driven by jet boat to the confluence and get right into the wild stuff.
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