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Colorado River - Westwater Canyon

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Basics
Location:
Near the Utah-Colorado border about 50 miles northeast of Moab
Class:
Class III and IV
Suitability:
Raft,
Kayak
River Length
17 miles
Time:
1 - 2 days
Season:
Year-round with peak in June

Description

Rafting through the Westwater Canyon section of the Colorado River offers great variety. From thrilling rapid traverses to calm, lazy drifting; from narrow canyon walls to scenic open expanses, Westwater trips have quite a bit to offer.

First passing through the desert canyons of western Colorado, where uplift has exposed the billion-year-old "Black Rocks," the river crosses the border into Utah and passes through Westwater Canyon itself, whose steep sandstone walls rise above the most exciting whitewater on the trip.

Side trips to petroglyphs and scenic viewpoints can break up the trip with some hiking. Afterwards, the river meanders gently through eastern Utah, with expansive views of the Book Cliffs and Arches National Park.

The route begins in Loma, Colorado, west of Grand Junction. Multi-day trips usually end in Cisco, Utah or Moab, Utah.

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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

Setting:
Desert
Class:
Class III and IV
Suitability:
Raft
Kayak
River Length
17 miles
Time
1 - 2 days
Can be done in a day, but groups often take 2 days
Season:
Year-round with peak in June
Guides Available?
Yes
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