| The Cataract Canyon and Westwater Canyon Expedition - 5 Days / 4 Nights
This full-tilt rapids expedition is our ultimate whitewater package
. Two canyons and two boats deliver BIG adventure. The narrow, winding canyon known as Westwater Canyon
gives you a fast-paced whitewater experience in a small row-raft
. For two days you are as close to the action as you can be as you negotiate Funnel Falls
, Skull Rapid
, and Sock It To Me
. Just see if you can escape the Room of Doom
and miss the Magnetic Wall
! In Westwater, you are one with the water. You can feel it boil and churn beneath your thighs. On flatwater stretches, you’ll get in tune with the river’s speed as it courses beneath you. Your guides will show you an outlaw cave
s used in the old West, old mining claim
s and petroglyphs from ancient American Indians
After an overnight in Moab
, where you’ll have time to watch the sun set at Arches National Park
or do a little downtown shopping, you’ll depart the next morning for legendary Cataract Canyon
. Cataract is the grand adventure of American whitewater
. These rapids are as intense and powerful as those found in the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon
. You move through a vein in the earth for 100 miles
, sometimes at a heart-thumping pace, sometimes lazy as the sun moving across the sky. You’ll encounter the 25 named rapids of Cataract Canyon, legendary names like Satan’s Gut
, Little Niagara
and the world-famous Big Drop
! This canyon is where the Colorado River gets in a wild brawl with itself as it drops more steeply than anywhere else in the United States. Over five days you’ll encounter 37 rapids and explore two very different canyons.
MAIN ATTRACTION: Hiking, swimming, camping, and surprisingly delicious shore-side meals are also part of this ultimate whitewater expedition. 37 class III-V rapids, unique geology in two distinctly different canyons, ancient Indian sites, major wilderness immersion, everything that Cataract Canyon offers plus Westwater Canyon
WHO SHOULD GO: People looking for lots of action, lots of whitewater, row-raft thrills and big rapid excitement in a row raft
Departs at 9:30 AM from Moab, UT. Returns to Moab about 5:00 PM. The 3 rd night in Moab at a Motel is included in the Expedition.
2017 Departure Days:
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5 Days /4 Nights - Rate per Person $ 1335 / U$ 1210 Youth
Information & Reservation Hotline: (801)-824-3934 or Reserve Your Tour Online
DETAILED ITINARY: Day 1 – Lunch & Dinner
Your exciting expedition begins in Moab, Utah, at 9:00 a.m. We’ll drive you to the river "put in" where your oar-powered rafts and guides are waiting. After a thorough safety orientation, we launch! This is a good day to scout the skies and shorelines for birds. It’s also a good day to marvel at the unique geology. Your journey takes you through black, Pre-Cambrian rock, some of the oldest found anywhere on earth! Today you hike side canyons and see ancient Indian writings. Another stop will take us to historic Miner’s Cabin, an abandoned gold mining camp. After a delicious meal served with a view of the Colorado River, you’ll camp tonight under astonishing starry skies!
Day 2 – Breakfast & Lunch
After a good breakfast, we launch and descend toward the upper section of the wild rapids of Westwater Canyon. Your guide shares folklore and stories about Cowboy Cave and other wild west legends. We stop at the confluence of the Little Dolores River for a short walk and lunch. Afterwards, your guide prepares you and the boats for the next stretch of the river. Then hang onto your hats, Ned and Nellie! The rapids come fast and furious with names like Sock It To Me, Funnel Falls, Skull Rapid, and Bowling Alley. You’ll pass by the Room of Doom and Magnetic Wall and hear how they got their names. Happy and invigorated, your day on the river ends about 5:00 p.m. After a ride back to Moab via bus, you’ll have time for a hot shower and a nice meal in one of Moab’s many restaurants. You might want to go out and paint the town red, but beware, you have three more BIG days ahead of you! Sleep tight!
Day 3 – Lunch & Dinner
We pick you up at your motel at 8:15 a.m. to begin the next exciting chapter of your expedition. A short, scenic drive takes us to the river "put in" where your guides will give you a thorough safety orientation before boarding the J-rig raft. Today we enjoy the calm waters of the Colorado as we pass beneath Dead Horse Point and Thelma and Louise Point. Towering red rock walls stand in stark contrast to stunning blue skies. Watchful eyes can occasionally spot eagles, bighorn sheep, mule deer or a lone coyote. At lunch time, we’ll stop along shore and take a brief hike. Toward late afternoon, we stop to make camp for the night. Self-erecting tents make camp life easy so you can spend your time playing horseshoes or relaxing with your toes in the sand. In the meantime, your guide is showing off superb culinary skills by preparing a delicious meal, complete with dessert! After your satisfying dinner, relax near the campfire and enjoy the amazing star show overhead.
Day 4 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast we continue down the mighty Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park. Along the way you’ll see prehistoric Indian ruins from the Anasazi culture. Some of you may take the optional hike over "the Loop" where you’ll get a spectacular hawk’s eye view of the Colorado River. After lunch, we approach the confluence, a magical merging of two great western rivers, the Green and the Colorado. Just a few miles more and we enter Cataract Canyon to run the first of 25 named rapids. Tonight you’ll camp with the roar of the rapids in your ears! Sweet dreams!
Day 5 – Breakfast & Lunch
Eat that hearty breakfast your guide prepares for you. You’ll need all the energy you can muster! Today you run the rest of the legendary Cataract Canyon rapids. These are among the most intense and respected rapids in North America. You’ll meet Brown Betty, Capsize, and Powell’s Pocket Watch. Later you’ll encounter Satan’s Gut, Little Niagara and the famous Big Drop. Here the Colorado River descends more quickly than anywhere in its United States journey! These are the BIG rapids and the BIG thrills! Today you’ll say goodbye to the river before entering the blue waters of Lake Powell. By mid-afternoon you’ll arrive at Hite Marina. You may choose the scenic flight to return to Moab. The flight follows the river’s corridor over the rapids you’ve just run and gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Canyonlands National Park from the air. What a way to end your whitewater expedition!
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