Cataract Canyon Family Rafting Adventure

Moab, Utah

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Take the family on a river adventure to remember! Carving a chasm through Canyonlands National Park, the red-rock wonder of Cataract Canyon begins at the confluence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. Journey over 93 miles, and experience splashy thrills for all the entire family on this classic four-day rafting adventure, kicking off in Moab — Utah's adventure hub. Everyone will enjoy scenic floats, exciting whitewater, playful days of stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, canyon exploration, and comfortable camping on big sandy beaches. Pair exhilarating days on the river with delicious meals, fun games, camping beneath desert skies, and a scenic flight back to Moab. It's way better than summer camp!


Duration: 5 Days
Starts in: Moab, Utah
Ends in: Moab, Utah
Group Size: 8-20

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MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.



Arrive in Moab

Arrive in Moab, Utah's lively adventure hub, and enjoy the afternoon of exploring this vibrant little downtown. You'll then meet your MT Sobek guide for a fun family-oriented activity in the early afternoon so don't forget your sunhat! This afternoon orientation will help you get to know your fellow family travelers and will answer any questions you have about the trip. We'll enjoy dinner together before an early night before the next big day!

The Family River Adventure Begins!

We'll rise for a short drive to the Colorado River put-in, just downstream of Moab. Meet the rest of your guides by the river and receive a safety briefing before the journey begins. There will be many options for family activities throughout the day! You will stop to explore Native American ruins and learn about the flora and fauna of this desert canyon country. Upon arrival at camp, play fun river games like horseshoes and bocce ball will be available - as well as scavenger hunts with surprises for the kids! After an early dinner, watch the sunset from your riverside tent and listen to the sound of the river.

Scenic Loop Hike & Swim at The Confluence

After breakfast, continue downriver past Lathrop and Buck Canyons, as you get deeper into Canyonlands National Park. There'll be a short, steep 1-mile hike with majestic vistas - or stay with the rafts and continue downriver to meet the group. This afternoon, try stand-up paddle boarding or grab inflatable kayaks while swimming in the warm waters of the Colorado River. Follow tradition and go swimming where the confluence of the Green and the Colorado Rivers, an iconic spot where two great rivers meet before starting the journey into Cataract Canyon. This evening, enjoy a sunset on the walls as the kids help the guides prepare a fabulous meal for Mom and Dad. Tonight, the kids are welcome to campout together on a sandy beach under the stars!

Rafting Cataract Canyon’s Rapids

Today, kick it off with Brown Betty rapid first thing in the morning, with heaps of fun ahead with a full day of over 25 rapids. Hear your family's laughter echoing off the canyon walls as you scout the rapids and feel the rush of riding over big waves in the warm waters of the Colorado River. You'll have options for riding in a paddleboat or oar boat with the family together — as the experienced guides navigate down this exciting white water. Once at camp in the afternoon, revel in the thrilling day on the river. This evening will be a special family feast to celebrate the incredible adventure.

Float Towards the Grand Canyon & Scenic Flight to Moab

Awake for your last day on the river, and enjoy the usual morning hot coco, coffee and breakfast riverside before jetting down the last 15 miles on the river through one of the most spectacular canyon stretches. The towering walls rise higher as you get deeper in the canyon and approach Lake Powell, just upstream of the Grand Canyon. At the take-out, say goodbye to the Colorado River and transfer to the Hite Airstrip, where a charter flight whisks you up and over Canyonlands National Park, retracing the river you just rafted! Upon landing, a vehicle is waiting to transport your family back to Moab.


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