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What to take, where to eat, where to stay, what to do, and a few little secrets on the side. Not unlike your own personal Jiminy Cricket, (minus the worries of the little guy getting smooshed) the Moab Insiders Guide will provide you with all the essentials for a perfect Moab experience

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Colorado River, Cataract Canyon Rafting

Cataract Canyon & Canyonlands

Where the Colorado River and Green river meet in a majestic setting called “The Confluence,” Cataract Canyon begins. Here, the Colorado carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Calm stretches of river wind through soul-stirring canyons. Ancient Native American ruins, fascinating petroglyphs, and magnificent views beckon your arrival. Experience over 28 Colorado River rapids in one of the river’s steepest stretches, rivaling the big water of the Grand Canyon.

DAYS ONE AND TWO Glide along on smooth-flowing currents winding through Canyonlands National Park. Sculpted sandstone, isolated buttes, and red-rock castles offer unparalleled vistas for picture taking. Hike to ancient Indian ruins, pictographs, a breathtaking outlook high above the mighty Colorado, and powerful Indian Creek Falls. Capture the excitement to come with rapids before camp on the second day.

DAY THREE As the canyon deepens to 2,000 feet, the mood of the river changes drastically and explodes into an all-day fury of whitewater rapids! In one of the Colorado’s most notorious stretches called the "Big Drops", your raft plunges 30 feet in a matter of minutes through rapids that match those of the Grand Canyon in power and difficulty. Loosen your grip after Imperial Rapid and perhaps explore the tranquil pools and majestic falls of Dark Canyon. Relax and enjoy a night of camping where the river meets Lake Powell.

DAY FOUR Savor a soothing morning in the sun-drenched canyons of Lake Powell. Enjoy lunch and a refreshing swim in a shady canyon cove, before bidding farewell to the mighty Colorado and your many new friends. Experience an optional scenic return flight to Moab over Canyonlands National Park.

FAMILY PADDLE OPTION IN AUGUST As the water slows its pace, we change from 37' J-Rig rafts to 18' oar boats, and smaller paddle rafts - making these trips more suitable and more fun for youth. Also on August Cataract trips, a designated fun director orchestrates activities for the entire family as well as activities just for the kids, giving the whole family memories you'll cherish for a lifetime.

Experience Cataract Canyon with Western River Expeditions »

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