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For a Canyonlands adventure you’ll never forget, raft the rapids of the Colorado River on an RHIB, or rigid hull inflatable boat, which can not only motor through the calm sections of river and offer a scenic cruise, but can handle rapids that swell to Class V during early summer snow melts. Hold on tight as you splash through rapids with names like Big Drop and Hell-to-Pay, and even during fall when the river isn’t as high; the whitewater sections are still wild enough for a thrilling, heart-pounding journey. 

On the calmer sections of river you can swim or relax on the riverbank, and, if you choose to spend a night on the river, hike to waterfalls up hidden canyons to continue your Utah adventure. Throughout the journey your guide will both keep you safe and provide details on the park, from the wildlife, geology, landscape and history of the canyons to the rocks all around you. Read the Itinerary for full details on the tour options.
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Cataract Canyon
NAVTEC Expeditions - Day Tours
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In Canyonlands National Park, there’s a rugged beauty to the natural surroundings unlike anywhere else in the country, where the reddish brown rocks and enveloping silence create an isolated amphitheater of calm. That is, of course, unless you’re shrieking and smiling while splashing down Class V rapids as you raft through Cataract Canyon. On this 100-mile (160-km) full-day journey experience unforgettable scenery from the seat of a motorized raft. Able to handle both whitewater and flat water, this raft is the perfect method of transport for rafting in Canyonlands National Park.
  • Full-day rafting trip through Cataract Canyon, from Moab
  • Enjoy the combination of thrills and relaxation of traveling on a motorized raft with an expert guide
  • Run more than 30 white-water rapids rated up to Class V
  • Swim, hike and have lunch at calm points along the river
  • Enjoy a world-class experience with time to soak in the beauty of the red rock canyon landscape
  • Hike to waterfalls in side canyons and camp near the river if you choose the overnight option
  • Includes all meals on the river, lifejackets and river gear, and transportation to the river
  • Choose from three options at the end of the trip: return to Moab by ground transportation, by scenic flight or have your personal vehicle shuttled to Hite for your arrival
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Epic Day

My family including two teenage children joined the one day Cataract Canyon Adventure. Because the Colorado River is running shallow north of Moab we started the raft ride further downstream. The big treat was an breathtaking early morning ride with spectacular scenery down the Shafer...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Waves of fun with Cap'n Brian

My family embarked on a motorized raft trip down Cataract Canyon with Navtec in mid-July 2018. The river was low but spirits were high. We began our journey by meeting up in Moab, and we were driven down through Canyonlands to a primitive site called...More

1  Thank Ali P
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile
Great outfit

Seven of us (4 adults and 3 kids) booked an overnight trip from Moab to Lake Powell. Everything went off without a hitch. Despite challenging water levels, our guides Brian and Gunner (Gunnar?) did an excellent job and made it enjoyable. The scenery was amazing,...More

1  Thank Patrick H
Reviewed 4 July 2018
An excellent day out on the water!

This was great full day expedition with our experienced guide Brian, who was very good company (albeit with a slightly maniacal laugh). We're a couple in our early/mid 50s and were travelling with our son and a friend (both 22). There was something for everyone...More

2  Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 28 June 2018
3 day Cataract Canyon rafting

Went with my 23 yo son. Awesome trip! Our guide Keffe was excellent. Not only was he an excellent raft guide (took on 4-5 rapids without difficulty) but an awesome cook. I gained weight on the trip! Would recommend to anybody. Also suggest flight back....More

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