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The Most Unique Experience in Canyonlands

What could be more Moab than Mountain Biking and visiting our two National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands? How about Mountain Biking inside Canyonlands National Park followed by a boat ride on the legendary Colorado River?

That’s exactly the trip Lee and Kelly from Get Some Adventures did earlier this year. They wrote about their experience here and there is a nice video to go along with it. Thanks!

The Details

We have teamed up with Moab Cyclery, who provides the guide and bike (unless you want to bring your own), for this one-of-a-kind experience in Canyonlands National Park. We take you to the top of the Island in the Sky mesa. You bike down the Shafer Trail, around the White Rim, and down Lathrop Canyon to the river. It is about 20.5 miles (33km) of biking on sandstone and hard-packed dirt with a short section of soft sand at the bottom of Lathrop Canyon.Mountain-Biking-Map

Once you get to the river our jet boat comes along and picks you and your bike up for a nice, refreshing ride on the Colorado River back to Moab. The morning you check in, bring a cooler of beverages and snacks to enjoy on the jet boat ride back if you wish!

Reservations

Booking this trip is super simple! Either give us or Moab Cyclery a call or email for dates available. We work with each other on making reservations. More information on the trip can be found on the JBG page on our site.

P.S.

Don’t forget to hop on over to Get Some Adventures to read their trip report!

Canoeing the Green River

It’s time for a Canoe Trip!

The Green River is a magical place for a self-guided canoe trip with miles of backcountry flat water to float, plenty of great scenery and wildlife, and a solitude you can’t get on the busier Colorado River. There are plenty of put-in and take-out locations so the trip can be as short as 3-days or a long as a couple of weeks! And it’s a fantastic trip for beginners or families with small children as it isn’t hard to paddle and there aren’t any rapids to worry about.

There are two main sections to the Green River; Labyrinth Canyon is the upper section managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Stillwater Canyon is the lower section in Canyonlands National Park.River-Map-Canoe-web

Labyrinth Canyon is more popular with Boy Scout Troops, short-trippers, and people on a budget. You can easily put yourself in at Green River State Park or Ruby Ranch and set a shuttle car at Ruby Ranch or Mineral Bottom for the take-out. The BLM permit is free, but Green River and Ruby Ranch charge nominal fees to use their boat ramps.

Mileage Chart – Labyrinth Canyon:

  • Green River State Park – Ruby Ranch = 23 miles/2+ days
  • Ruby Ranch – Mineral Bottom = 45 miles/3+ days
  • Green River State Park – Mineral Bottom = 68 miles/4+ days

Stillwater Canyon is much more remote with the only take-out option of hiring a jet boat shuttle from the Confluence to bring you back upstream to Moab on the Colorado River. The NPS also charges permit fees of $30/permit + $30/person. This section is most popular with experienced canoers and those who want to see Canyonlands from the river.

Mileage Chart – Stillwater Canyon:

  • Green River State Park – The Confluence = 120 miles/7+ days
  • Ruby Ranch – The Confluence = 97 miles/5+ days
  • Mineral Bottom – The Confluence = 52 miles/3+ days

Whichever trip you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time! If you need help with outfitting your canoe trip or to reserve land and jet boat shuttles, call Tag-A-Long Expeditions, 435-259-8946, or email tagalong@tagalong.com .

Westwater Canyon v. Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting

As we move into the new season we get a lot of questions about the different types of rafting available out of Moab. Here is one of them:

Why is there such a price difference between our two Overnight whitewater options… Westwater Canyon Rafting Overnighter and Cataract Canyon Rafting Overnighter.

Here is a brief overview of both trips to help you plan your overnight rafting experience!

Westwater Canyon Rafting Overnighter – $390/Adult; $340/Youth 16 & under (2016 rates)

  • 17 Miles of Colorado River starting just west of the Colorado/Utah border
  • 12 class III-IV rapids
  • Bus shuttle to and from the river
  • Row Rafts and Paddle Rafts used
  • Camping Gear Rentals available

Cataract Canyon Rafting Overnighter – $610/Adult; $580/Youth 16 & under (2016 rates)Cataract Canyon, Colorado River_4818620198_l

  • 100 Miles of Colorado River starting just downstream of Moab and ending at Lake Powell
  • 30 class III-V rapids
  • Bus shuttle to the river; your choice of return from Lake Powell (Scenic Flight, bus ride, or your personal vehicle shuttle)
  • Super J-Rig rafts used (see photo)
  • Paddle option available!
  • Camping gear rentals available

As you can see, with a Cataract Canyon rafting trip you get quite a few more rapids and quite a few more miles of river. Because we are doing the same section of river we would do on our longer 4 and 5 day trips, we have to use a specially designed raft with a very large outboard motor to get up on ‘plane’ on the flat water sections of river. Because of the length of the trip and the specialty boats, our overhead is quite a bit more than for the Westwater Canyon trip and that is why the big cost difference!

I hope this clears things up for you a little.As always, if you have any questions about these or any of our other trips available, give us a call 435.259.8946, email tagalong@tagalong.com, or message us on Facebook!

Spend Spring in Moab!

Claret Cup in full bloom

There’s nothing quite like spring in the Moab desert!

As the days start to lengthen and the sun shifts in the sky, we begin to see a beautiful orange glow on the cliffs surrounding Moab in each morning and evening. This fiery light signals all of us that it’s time to plant our gardens, open our shops, and get ready for all the visitors who will soon arrive.

Springtime temperatures here are warmer than than the surrounding cities of Denver or Salt Lake yet cooler than in our summer months. It’s the perfect time of year for great hikes into the canyonlands, mountain biking, and canoeing. Wildflowers will soon explode into a riot of color all over Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.  Look for the bright oranges of the Globe Mallow, the yellows of the Mules Ear and Prickly Pear, the soft white of the Sego Lily and Yucca, and the deep reds of the Claret Cup and Indian Paintbrush.  These colors contrast nicely with the rich ocher of the canyon walls and cerulean blue sky.

It is a magical time to visit!

The Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon, Maze District of Canyonlands National Park

The best Tag-A-Long trips to take in the spring are:

River Predictions for Spring 2016

This time of year we keep an eye on the SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent graphs for Colorado and Wyoming. Colorado because the headwaters of the Colorado River is in the Rockies and Wyoming because the Headwaters of the Green River are in the Wind River Range. Of course, there are tributaries that start in Utah that we look at, too. Snow Water Equivalent is different than snowpack… these charts actually look at how wet the snow is as opposed to how deep it is. We LOVE wet snow!

Here’s what they are telling us now!

Colorado River: Reporting in at 115% of normal, there is a lot of water in that snow! If it all comes down at once, which would happen if we warm up really quickly, then we could be looking at a river that breeches its banks. Our ideal would be for it to snow at least one more time up there and then to have a Spring that warms up slowly into the Summer for a very long high water season (like we had in 2011).

Green River: It’s not looking too shabby up in Wyoming either with an average of 99% of normal. Of course, the Green River is dam released at the Flaming Gorge Dam, but they usually do a pretty good job of emulating what the natural flows would be if there weren’t a big concrete wall in the way.

Utah Tributaries: All basins are reporting in at close to or over 100% of normal. They will definitely be adding their share of runoff to the Colorado and Green Rivers!

It is still very, very early to be making any kind of predictions about what the river will look like this season, but it is not too early to dream about High Water! In fact… I think I need a river trip NOW!

Hey… I mentioned 2011… here is a high water video from that year!