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A delightful jet boat ride on a calm-water stretch of the Colorado River gives you a day in the wilderness without all the hassle and risks of true backcountry expedition. What you’ll see is only accessible by boat ride! Explore what Moab was long before it became an adventurer’s mecca! This tour will take you way back in time to see dinosaurs and the ancient ones that used to call this place home. We’ll provide the rocks, the art, and the fossils, and the stories… you provide the imagination!
Folks with very little time but any fitness level can join this expedition. There will be some walks, but they aren’t too strenuous. This trip is for anyone who wants to see the interior of Canyonlands National Park from the perspective of the Colorado River and for those who want to explore the ancient history of the Moab area.
The Jeeps are air conditioned and the ride is bumpy but not treacherous. The jet boats run on the calm-water portions of the Colorado River.
A delightful jet boat ride on a calm-water stretch of the Colorado River gives you a day in the wilderness without all the hassle and risks of true backcountry expedition. You’ll ride in comfortable seats in one of our sturdy river tour boat. These boats speed along about 20 miles an hour and stop frequently for photographs, sightseeing, and narration by your river tour guide. The guide drifts the boat quietly as you hear about all the fascinating geology, wildlife, and historic sites you’re seeing. Bring binoculars to spot bighorn sheep playing on the cliffs. There’s even time for a short walk. What you’ll see is only accessible by boat ride! Less adventurous travelers will miss it all while you take this short half-day Moab tour.
Then, explore what Moab was long before it became an adventurer’s mecca! This tour will take you way back in time to see dinosaurs and the ancient ones that used to call this place home. We’ll provide the rocks, the art, the fossils, and the stories… you provide the imagination!
There are no rapids on the river portion of this day trip. Jet boats are strong aluminum boats holding from 10 to 28 guests. They skim along the calm water (only) portions of the Colorado River at an average cruising speed of 20 miles per hour and stop frequently to drift gently along the current as your guide talks. The area we visit along the Colorado River toward Canyonlands is accessible only by river. The rim towers 1500 feet above.
For the boat portion, we embark by boat at the “Potash” boat ramp. High, red, sandstone canyon walls form the scenic landscape where watchful eyes can occasionally spot eagles, bighorn sheep, and deer. Frequent stops allow opportunities for photography. Binoculars are also fun to have. Enjoy a walk into the famed Grotto inside Canyonlands because we are the only outfitter in Moab who can actually take you there. And, if the river level permits, we take a short hike to a natural grotto only accessible from the river. Here the canyon walls rise a towering 1500 feet! The riparian zone and Jurassic rock dominate the landscape. Mid-day we rendezvous for lunch and the second part of your day trip.
Dinosaur sightings will be in Mill Canyon where old bones are slowly eroding out of the rock. Then walk in the footsteps of the giants at the newly discovered Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite, a collection of over 200 therapod (two legged carnivorous dinosaurs) and sauropod (four legged herbivores) tracks and one of an ancient crocodile! This is one of the largest areas of dinosaur tracks from the Cretaceous period in North America. For rock art and ruins, there’s no place like the Tusher Tunnel, a walk through a 83ft. (25m) hole in a sandstone cliff. And Bartlett Wash where you’ll see the oldest records of man in this area. Learn about the Barrier Canyon people and marvel at the gigantic human like figures painted on the walls.
Travelers wanting supreme Canyonlands scenery, folks with limited time, families, any age. Any age Moab traveler with limited time. Dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages. Those interested in ancient cultures.
Good hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, camera.
Departures vary beginning in March.
Concluding in October.
7:30am to 5:30pm