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Experience Canyonlands National Park as few ever will. Every twist and turn around the awe-inspiring goose-necks bends will take you on a journey of discovery you'll never forget. Just thirty minutes west of Moab, Utah you'll board our customized high-speed rafts that will carry you on this two-day, hundred-mile Colorado River voyage in comfort. Our experienced professional guides will fill your head with stories and facts about ancient Native American civilizations and local folklore, as you take in the majestic, pristine panoramic views. With a maximum group size of fourteen, you'll soon begin to feel like you've become a part of this remarkable canyon, which will give you your right of passage to drop into a series of nearly thirty whitewater rapids that make Cataract Canyon legendary. Your journey will end on the scenic still waters of Lake Powell, where you'll be transported by ground shuttle back to Moab.

These will be two spectacular days you'll hold precious for the rest of your life, so what are you waiting for? come join us.

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Cataract Express Moab Rafting Itinerary

DAY 1 » Enjoy a short morning drive after your departure from Moab, Utah along the winding river road to the launching point. Once the boat is launched onto a quiet section of the Colorado River, you will drift into a world of towering geological wonders that will wash away the bustle of the world you left behind. You’ll soon be amazed to encounter Native American ruins and petroglyphs as well as remnants of a petrified forest. From cliff-side hiking, you will be awed by the sublime vistas and natural grandeur before you continue to meander down the river. Around midday you’ll satisfy your hunger with a savory buffet lunch on the banks of the river. After lunch, the cliffs soar to greater heights as the canyon deepens to over 2,000 feet. The river crashes down the canyon with nearly 30 whitewater rapids including Capsize, the Big Drops, the Mile Longs, Little Niagara, Satan’s Gut and Repeat. After a full day of exhilarating excitement, you’ll relax in the riverside camp as we prepare a scrumptious sunset dinner. As the evening wears thin, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the crackling campfire and the swirling river as a field of stars envelops the sky.

DAY 2 »The next morning, you’ll awake to the sun painting the canyon walls and the smell of breakfast wafting over you as you lie in your cozy cot. Once you have finished breakfast, you’ll embark on your final day of rafting. On the second day of rafting, depending on your previous night’s camp location, you may experience more action-packed whitewater, and you’ll have a few more hours of red rock spires before the river feeds into Lake Powell. Once you are on shore, a ground shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to Moab. If you so choose, a Moab area shuttle company could shuttle your car to the ending point of your rafting trip where you may continue elsewhere or return to Moab on your own (3.5 hr drive).

ADVENTURE EXTENSION: Get a good night's rest before your river trip with the comforts of Moab's Hampton Inn. Return from your Cataract Canyon adventure to the sophistications of Red Cliffs Lodge, a deluxe guest ranch on the banks of the Colorado River. After a warm shower and some relaxation on your private patio, savor dinner overlooking the reflections of the setting sun at the water's edge. Experience a horseback ride in the morning from the Red Cliffs Corral. Spend the afternoon relaxing or hiking the spectacular trails surrounding Castle Valley. Top off your day with an exhilarating Sunset Hummer Safari, an absolute must on the Moab, Utah adventure list.

Pre-Trip Travel Information

Beginning in the quaint town of Moab, Utah this trip offers plenty of opportunity for additional activities, shopping, dining and relaxing. Schedule a few days before or after your trip to explore downtown Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and participate in some unforgettable Moab adventures such as an off-road Hummer Safari or canyoneering. We highly recommend adding a Sunset Hummer Safari to your itinerary. You'll ride over incredible sandstone fins out to a beautiful sunset overlook that will take your breath away. At any time before departure, Western can add to your itinerary additional activities, lodging, airport shuttle, and jeep rental. Simply give us a call and we'll arrange everything for you.

How to Get to Moab
If you're flying, the following options are generally the most common:

  • Fly directly to Moab, Utah (CNY) and
    get a shuttle into town or rent a Jeep
  • Fly to Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT)
    and rent a car (1.5 hour drive)
  • Fly to Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) and
    rent a car (4 hour drive)
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Drive Time to Moab, Utah
from Closest Major Airports:

Salt Lake City, Utah .................. 4 hr drive
Denver, Colorado ..................... 6 hr drive
Las Vegas, Nevada ................... 8 hr drive

Where and When to Meet
Meet the night prior to your trip for a pre-departure orientation at 8:00 PM. Orientation will take place at Western River Expeditions' Moab Adventure Center, located in the center of town at 225 S Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532 (phone: 435-259-7019). The first day of your trip, you'll need to check out of your accommodations, eat a good breakfast and meet for 8:00 AM departure at the Moab Adventure Center.

Where to Stay
Moab offers plenty of hotel choices in town as well as condominiums and guest homes. Some of the closest hotels include Gonzo Inn, Big Horn Lodge and Best Western Canyonlands. You'll want to reserve at least one night of lodging before your trip.

Post-Trip Travel Information

You will likely want to reserve at least one night of lodging on the final day of your trip as you'll return to Moab around 3:00 PM. If you will be traveling on but wish to shower before leaving Moab, we can direct you to several locations in town that offer shower facilities.

Tip » We highly recommend adding a Sunset Hummer Safari to your itinerary. You'll ride over incredible sandstone fins out to a beautiful sunset overlook that will take your breath away.


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