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Rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

The Cataract Canyon Experience

Cataract Canyon RaftingDeep within the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon offers a perfect balance between serene floating, incredible hiking, and fast-moving rapids. 300 million years of rock history, abstract sculpted sandstone spires, and ancient Anasazi petroglyphs and granaries grace Cataract Canyon.

There are beautiful beach camps and plenty of time to do all the great hikes and numerous camp activities. We stop daily for hikes up secret canyons only accessible by river. We'll visit Native American ruins, waterfalls in spring, incredible rock formations and simply enjoy the solitude.

The longer trips allow for more hiking and time in camp. The Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park offers some of the most outstanding hikes in all of Utah.

The trips in May and June in Cataract Canyon have some of the biggest and most challenging whitewater in the United States. This is a thrill seeker's dream, with stunningly powerful rapids. For those seeking "moderate" excitement, late summer trips feature rapids that have fun rolling waves.

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions Cataract Canyon trips include:

  • Leisure Rafting in Canyonlands National Park

  • Exciting Class III-V Whitewater

  • 1000 yr old Ancient Pueblo Ruins

  • 2000 foot Red Rock Canyon Walls

  • Breathtaking Canyons Similar to the Grand Canyon

  • Fun Cowboy and Outlaw History

  • Scenic Return Flight Over Canyonlands National Park (optional)

  • Wonderful Sandy Beaches for Camping

Sight of Cataract Canyon by Oarboat

5 Day Cataract Canyon by Oarboat

Colorado River rafting

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This rafting trip will take you through a spectacular, remote section of wilderness in Canyonlands National Park by oarboat. This trip combines the serenity of floating through calm stretches of majestic red rock formations, incredible hikes to natural features and ancient Native American ruins, and the exhilaration of some of the most exciting whitewater in the United States. Experience one of the most beautiful parts of Canyonlands National Park at the relaxing pace of the Colorado River while enjoying the camaraderie of fun and interesting people.

4 Day Luxury River Trips- Cataract Canyon
5 Day Cataract Canyon

5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking PageThis world-class nature tour is breathtaking. Cataract Canyon is  historically and geologically amazing; the rapids are dazzling, and the hikes are soul stirring.

The beautiful river canyon in Canyonlands National Park is our home, and after four decades welcoming visitors here, we know how to bring all the comforts of a five-star hotel right onto this remote stretch of river.

5 Day Women Only Retreats- Cataract Canyon

5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking PageWomen Only River TripsThe best part of this journey is the adventure. Experience an adventurous sojourn into nature. Every sense comes alive: the smell of flowers, sage, and the earth after a desert rain. The smells, sights, sounds and touches of the river and her canyons offer up the ultimate sense: the sense of Self.

11 Day John Wesley Powell Adventure:

Rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking PageThe complete getaway vacation, with extra days for hiking in Canyonlands National Park. The multi-faceted "John Wesley Powell Adventure" combines magnificent wonder, spectacular whitewater challenge and triumphant personal achievement. It is the ideal balance of serenity, thrill, and fascination that will transform your life

Highlights of Cataract Canyon by Motorized Jrig

4 Day  Cataract Canyon by Motorized Jrig

2 day Cataract Canyon

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While there is still opportunity to hike, there may be less time for just floating as well as some camp activities than on the oarboat trips. You'll enjoy the grandeur of the National Park and notice that Canyonlands does not have the crowds that most parks have


3 Day Cataract Canyon by Motorized Jrig

Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

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Run with a pontoon Jrig boat with a quick outboard motor. It is the best balance for time sensitive people who want to enjoy the remote Cataract Canyon. Relax and connect with interesting people as you take in a different view around every bend. Visiting Canyonlands National Park by way of the river is the best way to see it. No crowds and stunning beauty surround you on this Moab rafting adventure!


5 Day Canyonlands Multi-Sport

Colorado River rafting Multisport


From a hummer tour through the legendary slickrock terrain to jaw-dropping rappelling to roaring whitewater rapids, this trip is not for the faint of heart.
This trip also includes 2 nights in Moab Utah and all your meals are taken care of! This is the perfect vacation for those that do want to do lots of activities and not worry about the logistics.

Call our office for more information 800-332-2439.


2 Day Cataract Canyon by Motorized Jrig

Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River by Motor Boat2 Day Cataract Canyon Booking PageIf you’re very short on time but keen to see Canyonlands National Park’s natural beauty from the river— the best way to see it — this two-day Moab whitewater rafting adventure is the ticket. The 2 day Highlights of Cataract Canyon Trips is all about getting to the WHITEWATER!

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Moab Music Festival 4 Day Cataract Canyon Trip

Sheri Griffith Expeditions is teaming up with the Moab Music Festival to offer a musical journey through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. $500 of your ticket is a tax-deductible gift that supports the performing arts in rural Utah. For more information about this special offering, including how to reserve your seats, please visit the Moab Music Festival website: here.


River rafting is a lot of fun, but like most outdoor adventure activities, there are also potential hazards. Click here for more information about possible hazards you might experience while whitewater rafting in our beautiful canyons.

Sheri Griffith Expeditions is an Authorized Concessioner of Canyonlands National Park.

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