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Moab Music Festival Cataract Canyon Musical Raft Trip 4 Days (MMF)

Adventure Description

Truly a “Feast for All Senses”, this 4-Day Cataract Canyon trip features world class scenery, concerts, food, and whitewater on the legendary Colorado River. A bucket-list adventure that is not to be missed!

Adventure Level

Suitable for most people over the age of 16. Participants must be in general good health, possess a moderate level of physical strength and agility, and be comfortable in the outdoors. Previous camping experience is not required.



Travel day to Moab. Join fellow rafters and musicians for a light supper and short musical program. You will meet the staff of Tag-a-Long Expeditions who will review the trip, distribute waterproof bags for your gear and answer any questions you may have.

Grotto Concert

Meet at Tag-A-Long Expeditions at 8:30 a.m. or, if you like, a shuttle will pick you up at your motel. At the river, the guides will review the amenities of the fully-provisioned J-Rigs and fit you with a flotation vest. As we drift languidly, our naturalist will discuss the striking geological features and cultural history of this unique area. After a stop for lunch, we will continue down-river to the grotto where the Moab Music Festival hosts the Colorado River Benefit Concerts. In this spectacular red-rock amphitheater, you will experience your first private concert. Later, at camp, the Tag-A-Long Expeditions staff will help set up your tents and deliver your river bags. Appetizers will precede dinner as the sun begins to fade and we enjoy the magnificent solitude of the canyons.

Ancient Puebloan Ruins

At first light, warming drinks will be delivered to your tent. After breakfast you will be back on the river, stopping here and there to explore beautiful side canyons, ancient Anasazi ruins and fascinating geological sites. When we arrive at our campsite for the evening, the Festival musicians will play stirring music surrounded by the quiet wilderness.

Floating Concert

Our peaceful journey continues. One of today’s highlights will be the “floating concert,” a wonderful musical program played while we gently drift through the shifting, red-rock panorama. Today, you will have an opportunity to hike the “Loop Trail,” where you can see ancestral Puebloan rock art. If hiking isn’t for you, you can stay with the boats and enjoy a relaxing float around the meander. Tonight we will be treated to another fantastic concert at our cozy camp tucked up in the canyon.

Confluence, Canyonlands National Park

This is the final leg of our flat water voyage. Today, we will complete our trip at “the Confluence,” the point where the Colorado and Green Rivers meet. This is, indeed, the heart of Canyonlands National Park. It is here where our flat-water-only participants will say goodbye and return to Moab via high-speed jet boat, just in time for dinner.

Meanwhile, those who are ready for some adventure will enter the premier white water of the Colorado River. We will run part of the rapids, scouting ahead when necessary to make sure of the best routes. Most guests start the rapids with cautious anticipation and quickly succumb to the excitement of them. Cooled by splashes, we will arrive at camp where dry clothes and refreshments are welcome. Our last evening, we will enjoy our final dinner together beside the river.

Cataract Canyon Rapids

We will rise early, ready to run the major rapids of Cataract Canyon. This section is noted for the “Big Drops,” “Mile Long” and “Brown Betty.” Exhilarated, we will make shore at Hite Marina, where planes will be waiting to shuttle us back to Moab. The scenic flight will take us above the river and rapids we just experienced and we will see the National Park’s intricate maze of canyons as few people do. It is a fitting way to end such a wonderful trip.

Return Options

A 45-minute Scenic Flight over Canyonlands is included in the price of the trip.

Trip Highlights

  • Colorado River Whitewater - Class III-V rapids
  • Daily intimate concerts in a wilderness setting
  • Native American ruins, geology, and hiking in Canyonlands National Park
  • Called "a feast for all senses"

Who Should Go

Anyone who is interested in classical chamber and traditional Celtic music in an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind setting; Cataract Canyon. Those with a healthy desire for hiking, exploring, and whitewater rafting.

What To Bring

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Dates Available

September 12-15

Booking Request Form

$2500.00 per person

A $500 non-refundable, tax-deductible deposit is required to reserve your ticket. Tickets must be paid in full by June 1 after which the remaining cost will not be refunded.

All meals, drinks, including wine and beer are included in the price of the trip.

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