Anyone who travels through Moab would have a hard time missing the mighty Colorado River that runs through town. The Colorado River is the center of the ecosystem in the desert of Moab, and the water that flows past town helps supply water to most of the southwestern states!
There is not a better way to cool off on a hot, summer day than by splashing around on a float trip down the Moab Daily section of the river. This 14-mile stretch has up to class III whitewater and is perfect for a family day trip! Most of the outfitters in town offer multiple vessels to enjoy your float on, from oar-rafts and paddle boats to inflatable kayaks, to stand up paddleboards! Some outfitters even offer river floats on flat, calm stretches of water where you will not have to worry about a single rapid.
For those looking for more of a thrill, Westwater Canyon is one of the best one-day whitewater trips that you can find in the entire world! With rapids with names like Funnel Falls, Big Hummer, and Sock-It-To-Me, you are guaranteed to have a great time! Most outfitters have an age limit due to the big whitewater, so make sure you check before booking a trip.
Want to combine the best of both worlds and go on an overnight rafting trip? Most outfitters in Moab offer anywhere from 1-4 night trips all along the Colorado Green River. Imagine sleeping under the stars with virtually no light pollution from a nearby town. You are guaranteed to have your mind blown! A trip down the 96 miles that is Cataract Canyon is sure to produce a lifetime of unforgettable memories. During the high water runoff, Cataract Canyon is known to have some of the biggest whitewater in North America! Depending on the outfitter, Cataract Canyon is run in a time frame of 1-6 days. Not feeling risking it on the big rapids of Cataract Canyon, but still want a longer multi-day trip? Desolation Canyon on the Green River is unforgettable. Canyon walls stretch taller than some segments of the Grand Canyon on an 84-mile float that usually lasts 4-6 days. No rapids get bigger than class III in Desolation Canyon so it is a perfect trip to take the whole family on!
Most of the stretches of the river around Moab are permitted, so trips do have to be planned out in advance. However, the Moab Daily does not require a permit. Even though you do not need a permit, you still need to have the correct equipment. Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s) are required any time you are floating on the river. If you do not have the right equipment to do a float down the Moab Daily, there are quite a few outfitters in town that rent out boats, paddles, SUP’s, PFD’s, etc. They even will help run your shuttle!
While you might be on a more flexible schedule by doing a trip on your own, it is highly recommended to go with one of the many fantastic outfitters in Moab! The guides are trained to the highest caliber and make safety their #1 priority no matter what river trip they are on. They also do a great job of teaching about the local area, telling funny jokes, and cooking fantastic meals! We hope to see you on the river in Moab this summer!