Colorado River Cataract Canyon Rafting Favorite 4 Day

Adventure Description

Discover peace as you float on the flat water sections through Canyonlands National Park. Serenity as you sit on a sandy beach stargazing. Awe as you learn about the primitive cultures that called this fertile desert home. And excitement while crashing through the intense white water Major John Wesley Powell made a first descent through a little over 100 years ago. This is the Cataract Canyon Favorite with time to relax near, play on, and explore around the Colorado River. It’s the rafting adventure of a lifetime.

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 are walks at several spots with views of petrified wood, geologic wonders and historical sites from oil prospecting from the 1920 era. For lunch, your guides will show off the culinary skills you will enjoy throughout your expedition. 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 coffee and breakfast, we continue down the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park. Along the way prehistoric Indian ruins built by the Ancient Puebloan Peoples, the same culture who built the amazing structures at Mesa Verde National Park are pointed out. Choose to take a hike over the Loop for a hawk’s eye view of the Colorado River or, float around the loop on the raft. After lunch on shore we reach the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, a magical place where two great Western rivers join forces before tumbling into Cataract Canyon.

Day 3 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After a hearty breakfast and thorough white water instruction, we depart camp and begin the adventure of a lifetime as we encounter the brilliant rapids of Cataract Canyon. These rapids represent some of the most well known and respected whitewater in North America. As we descend the river, the rapids become more intense. Meet “Capsize”, “Ben Hurt”, “Powell’s Pocket Watch”, and the three spectacular rapids of the “Big Drops”. These are the steepest and most thrilling stretches anywhere on the Colorado River. Tonight we’ll camp near Lake Powell with moonlight reflecting off the water to recount the day’s events.

Day 4 – Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast we cross stunning Lake Powell, a red rock and blue water wonderland. There will be time for swimming, relaxing, and absorbing the raw beauty of this country. 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 hiking in Canyonlands National Park
  • Colorado River white water
  • Paddling Option Available

Who Should Go

People looking for a white water river rafting tour 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!

Rentals Available



Booking Request Form

$1,095.00 per Adult
$1,040.00 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.

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