Whitewater Rafting

Utah Rafting on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon with O.A.R.S.

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Colorado River Rafting in Cataract Canyon

Rafting in Utah through Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River offers breathtaking scenery, easy floating and wild, Class III whitewater. This southwestern adventure vacation also includes Utah hiking expeditions through canyon country among multi-million-year-old rock formations.

Whitewater Rafting through Cataract Canyon in late spring promises the ultimate adrenaline-pumping Utah rafting adventure as snowmelt from the Rockies yields big runoff and massive Class IV-V rapids and some of the country’s most exciting whitewater. Go for it!

Colorado River Rafting in Cataract Canyon – Itinerary at a Glance

  • O.A.R.S.’ Cataract Canyon rafting trip begins with a scenic drive from Moab to Potash
  • Enter Meander Canyon and watch for petroglyphs
  • Float leisurely into Canyonlands National Park
  • Spectacular side canyons, prehistoric ruins, seasonal waterfalls and incredible vistas
  • Lathrop Ruin and ancient pictographs of solstice calendar
  • Explore Indian Creek’s fascinating Native American ruins
  • Float past Pyramid Butte, the mighty Goose Neck and Dead Horse Point (immortalized in the movie Thelma and Louise)
  • Meet the confluence of the Green River where Cataract Canyon begins, hinting at the whitewater to come
  • Major rapids begin at Spanish Bottom where it is possible to see a fading 1893 inscription from the steamer, Major Powell
  • Enter the Maze District and hike 1,200 feet up to the Doll House where you can view the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park from a unique vantage point
  • Challenge Brown Betty, Mile Long, Capsize and the legendary Big Drop Rapids
  • Enter Lake Powell at Hite and enjoy scenic flight back to Moab