Colorado River Cataract Canyon Rafting Express 3 Day

Adventure Description

Cataract Canyon offers 28 Grand Canyon style rapids. These are some of the most well known and respected whitewater rapids in the world; “Ben Hurt”, “Powell’s Pocket Watch”, “Capsize”, and the three spectacular rapids in the “Big Drop” series, the steepest section on the mighty Colorado river. Go on a 3-day/2-night white water rafting adventure where you’ll hit every one of the 28, Class III-V, white water rapids as you would on a longer trip. Expect some hiking and off river exploration. And don’t forget to look at the constellations. Star gazing is amazing on dark nights. If your goal is to hit the big white water without using all your vacation, the Express has your name on it!

Adventure Level

The Colorado river is a wild and natural river above Lake Powell. Snow melt greatly impacts the level, speed and temperature of the water. Cataract Canyon can be the ultimate white water rafting adventure or it can be a great family camping vacation depending on the time of year you choose. 

April to mid-May Rapids III-IV Chilly water. Rapids are good.
Mid-May to Mid-June Rapids III-V Whoa Nelly! Leave young kids at home!
Mid-June to October Rapids III-IV Warm waters, everybody come! Rapids are good.


Day 1 – Lunch & Dinner
Your adventure begins at the Adrift Adventures office at 7:30 a.m. After a short, scenic ride to the Potash Boat Ramp downstream of Moab and a brief orientation, we launch! As you drift on the calm waters of the Colorado River, your guide will discuss the natural and human history, geology, and flora and fauna. There is a walk into a petrified forest followed by your guides showing off their culinary skills when preparing your lunch. Late afternoon, we stop to set up our first camp in a picturesque spot near the river. Instruction on setting up tents makes it quick and easy, so you can spend your time getting to know your companions, playing horseshoes, or burying your toes in the sand. Dinners on the river consist of an appetiser, main course with a salad, and dessert.

Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast we continue down the Colorado River. Along the way, there is a visit to prehistoric Indian ruins from the Anasazi culture, and take a hike (if you like) over “the Loop” to get a bird’s eye view of the Colorado River. Lunch will be after the confluence of two great rivers, the Green and the Colorado. Before heading into legendary Cataract Canyon white water, your guides will give you a thorough white water briefing and then tell you to hang on and have fun! Today we will hit most of the rapids, including the famed “Big Drops”. Your camp will be charged with excitement as you recount tales of running the rapids.

Day 3 – Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast, we finish the rapids and start across Lake Powell, a red rock and blue water wonderland. Swap stories, swim and absorb the abundant beauty of this amazing landscape.We arrive at Hite Marina by afternoon where you embark for the return trip to Moab. We recommend the scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park and the rapids you just rafted.

Return Options

1. We strongly recommend a scenic charter flight. The flight is about 45 minutes making arrival back in Moab about 6 p.m. This once-in-a-lifetime flight - $155/person.

2. Return to Moab by land. The ride from Hite Marina to Moab takes about four hours through the high desert country of southeastern Utah. Arrival in Moab will be about 9:00 p.m. The cost is $86.88 / person (tax included).

3. Tag-A-Long will shuttle guest vehicles to Hite Marina on Lake Powell so it will be waiting for you when you arrive at the marina early in the afternoon. The cost of this service is $244.35 per vehicle (tax included).

Trip Highlights

  • Intense Class III-V river rafting adventure
  • Native American ruins, geology, and some hiking in Canyonlands National Park
  • Colorado River white water
  • Paddle option available

Who Should Go

People looking for a white water river rafting trip like the Grand Canyon, student & youth groups, Moab Utah visitors set on a Colorado River rafting adventure!

What To Bring

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Dates Available

April through October!

Booking Request Form

$900.00 per Adult
$840.00 per Youth (10-17) *In high water, May-June, minimum age is 16

Plus Return Option

Sleeping bag, pad and two-person tents included.

$100 per person deposit due at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Balance due 60 days prior to departure and is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

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