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Canyonlands Self-Guided Trips by Canoe/Kayak/Raft With Jet Boat Shuttle – (JC0)

Adventure Description

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Canyonlands National Park is known for its remote back country solitude. Paddling on the calm waters that cut through the interior of the Park is one of the best ways to experience the privacy of this flat water wilderness at your own pace. We can help you organize and outfit your canoe/kayak camping trip down the Green River or Colorado River through Canyonlands, including jet boat shuttle.

Tag-A-Long Expeditions has been operating Jet boat ever since Canyonlands was made a National Park in 1964.

Adventure Level

This is a self guided trip and requires some canoe and camping skills. When you think Moab Utah camping, don’t rule out this possibility. The river current is a help but paddling is required. Excellent guide maps are available.

  • Backcountry – Flat water (no rapids)
  • Knowledge of packing and camping
  • Excellent hiking opportunities

The Big Picture

Your personalized Canyonlands self-guided trips will start and end at the Tag-A-Long office in Moab, Utah. We will transport you, your personal gear, canoes/kayaks/or rafts from the office using our shuttle vehicles and trailers. Your return trip is a jet boat shuttle from the Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Your private  expedition can last anywhere from three days to longer depending on the launch site you choose.

Your Skill Requirements: This backcountry expedition requires some outdoor skills that are essential on a self guided trip; camping basics, map reading, boat maneuvering, meal planning, and an understanding of the rules and regulations. Below are some excellent resources.

Rules and Regulations


(Tag-A-Long does not get your permits for you, you must do this yourself. You are also solely responsible for knowing the Laws governing boating in Utah. Please see all the links below…)

Paddling on the Green River or the Colorado River requires a permit. You must obtain the permit(s) at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. Follow these links for permit information:

National Park Service (required for any trip entering Canyonlands)
BLM Permit (required if starting at Green River State Park or Ruby Ranch)
Utah State Boating Laws (rules apply to any waterway in Utah)

Backcountry Rules

Tag-A-Long Expeditions has adopted the Leave No Trace ethic to keep these areas wild and scenic for future visitors. Basically it means to leave everything as it was when you found it. We offer the following link so you may do otherwise: Leave No Trace.

No pets are allowed in the Park.


Please see below for details on all rental equipment we have available.


We do not charge additional to transport your own canoe or kayak; However, we do charge additional for rafts. We also rent canoes equipped with paddles, life-jackets, throw-able safety devises (where required), and bailing buckets.

Helpful Hint: A large car wash sponge helps keep your vessel clean during the trip.

Toilet Systems

Your toilet system should be designed to empty into a sewer system in the same way that recreational vehicles discard refuse. Pack your toilet so it is readily available for day use as well as campsite use. Soiled feminine hygiene products should be stored in a zip-lock bag and carried out in your garbage.

We have toilet systems available for rent if you do not have one. Our toilets are custom made for durability, ease of use and comfort. A real toilet seat attaches for camp use! The seat is removed and a separate lid seals the container for transportation. We clean the toilet after your trip. Toilet paper is not included in our rental.

Fire Pans

A fire pan is required in Canyonlands National Park and the surrounding BLM lands regardless of whether or not you plan on having a fire while camping on the river. Fire pans must be at least 12″ in diameter with a 2″ lip. Bring your own wood or collect driftwood or down and dead tamarisk. The ash of a fire is deposed of with your trash. We have fire pans available for rent.

Helpful Hint: Sprinkle a couple of cups of water in your fire pan to cool ashes in the evening and put everything in with your trash the morning before you depart your beach.


Chose to meet at our office at 8:00am MT or 2:00pm MT to begin loading your gear. Loading should be complete within one hour from the time of your arrival. The drive to any of the Green River boat ramps will take approximately one hour. The drive to either of the Colorado River boat ramps takes about 30 minutes.

On the last day of your trip, you will be picked up by a Tag-A-Long jet boat shuttle boat between the Confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers and Spanish Bottom at 1:00pm MT. Your vessels and equipment will be loaded onto the jet boat and you can enjoy a leisure ride upstream in comfortable style. The jet boat, still with gear inside, is trailered from the Potash Boat Ramp back to the Tag-A-Long office in Moab, Utah. Plan on arriving back to Moab around 5:00pm MT.

Mileage Schedule

Use the mileage schedule below to plan your self designed Green River or Colorado River canoe, kayak, or raft trip. 15 to 20 miles per day is the average distance made in a canoe in about 6 hours of leisure paddling. Water levels and weather can have an effect on the actual distance made each day. Add enough time for hiking and exploring.

Helpful Hint: In warmer weather an upstream wind is common. This generally occurs in the afternoon so break camp early and get on your way.


Green River Boat Launch Areas

Green River State Park – Confluence 120 miles / 7-10 days
Ruby Ranch – Confluence 97 miles / 5-8 days
Mineral Bottom – Confluence 52 miles / 3-6 days

Colorado River Boat Launch Areas

Moab Dock – Confluence 64 miles / 3-6 days
Potash – Confluence 47 miles / 3-6 days

Boat Ramp Information

Green River State Park Ramp
The road is paved all the way to this put-in. There is an entrance fee of $5.00 per person for day use. If you camp overnight, additional fees apply. Warning: Very shallow at lower water levels 1700 cfs – 2000 cfs at the Highway bridge crossing of the Green River. Check water flow.

Ruby Ranch Ramp
The road is paved for the first 30 minutes, then turns to backcountry dirt roads. Ruby Ranch is private property and the owners charge a fee of $10.00 per boat and $5.00 per person.

Mineral Bottom Ramp
The road is paved for the first 30 minutes, then turns to backcountry dirt roads. The last few miles the road becomes steep and narrow as it drops into the river canyon. The road becomes impassable during rain. No put in fee.

Moab Boat Ramp
The road is paved. The ramp is located less than 2 miles from Moab, Utah.

Potash Ramp
The road is paved. The ramp is located 17 miles from Moab, Utah

The Jet Boat Pick-Up The Tag-A-Long jet boat will locate you on a beach between the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers and Spanish Bottom. Be prepared to pass your bundled equipment onto the jet boat at the designated pick up time. Remove all gear from your vessel. Vessels will be loaded onto the jet boat top rack for transport back to Moab. Our jet boat needs at least 5 feet of depth, 5 feet out to access the shore.

The Confluence and Spanish Bottom
Below the confluence, the Colorado River can change personality. At this point, life-jackets are required for EVERYONE. There are eddies during various water levels. Also be prepared for a more powerful current. Four miles beyond the Confluence the rapids of Cataract Canyon begin. DO NOT ENTER THE RAPIDS.

Try this itinerary – Self Guided Canoe / Kayak with Guided Cataract Canyon (SC3). Incorporate the self-guided canoe trip with the guided raft trip in Cataract Canyon. Call office staff for details.

Trip Highlights

  • Self-Designed / Self-Guided camping vacation
  • Bring your own boat or rent one from us... NO extra transport charges!
  • Flexible length: 3 days or longer
  • Privacy & solitude on up to 120 miles of Canyonlands flat water
  • Option: trade your canoe or kayak after you arrive at the confluence for a guided raft trip to see Cataract Canyon.
  • Fitness Level: Good to average. Hiking is available throughout the canyon. Desert rivers are warm from about mid-June to mid-September.

Who Should Go

Almost anyone; experienced paddlers, novice paddlers, friends, families. Those who enjoy the Boundary Waters or backpacking trips will find this a special treat. These sections of river are all flat water (no rapids).

Dates Available

Contact our office for reservation dates available.

Rentals Available

Canoe Rentals: (click on the name for dimensions)

Mad River Explorer – $27.15 per day

Old Town Discovery – $32.58 per day

Canoe Seat Backs

Only fits Old Town and Mad River Canoes

Fire Pan 

$5.43 per trip

Toilet System

$32.58 per trip


  • Large: 18″ x 16″ x 16″ high – 64 uses
  • Small: 12” x 12” x 12” – 26 uses
  • Kayak: 13.5” x 10” x 8” – 14 uses

Large Dry Bags

$3.26 per day

5-gallon Water Jugs

$3.26 per day

55qt Food Cooler

$6.52 per day

Booking Request Form

$187.00 per Adult
$166.00 per Youth under 16

These rates are round trip, from our office in Moab to your launch point, and the Jet Boat return to Moab.

There is no charge to transport your personal canoe or kayak.

Rafts are charged these additional rates:

$270.00 for raft less than 14′
$320.00 for raft 14′ to 16′
*NOTE: We cannot transport larger than a 16′ raft

20% deposit due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Balance due the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy

(800) 453-3292

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