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Family River rafting

Family River Rafting

Utah’s stunning red rock canyons, where the river meanders slowly through twisting walls and quiet solitude, are the perfect setting for family rafting trips in Utah. Leave the world behind and focus on reconnecting with your kids as they relearn how to play and enjoy nature without all the distractions of modern technology.

A Utah river rafting trip is an experience not to be missed. Many people who went Colorado River rafting or Green River rafting with us as children later told us through letters and on return trips that those early experiences impacted them in ways they never expected. Our guides say these responses make all their hard work worth it.

The amazing scenery, the exciting river and the backcountry camping can change one’s outlook on life and redefine what’s important in a child’s young mind.

Family Rafting Trips in Utah

As a parent on a family river rafting trip, you’ll sit back and relax as the guides handle everything, from setting up a comfortable camp to cooking scrumptious meals to helping your children interact with each other and their beautiful surroundings.

Some of our guides have more than a decade of experience leading family rafting trips in Utah. Each one has their own “bag of tricks” to help children stay engaged and amazed while on the river. Parents constantly tell us our guides went above and beyond their expectations.

“Never has camping and rafting with kids been so easy. The guides were excellent — fun, knowledgeable, amazingly organized and good with kids. I traveled with my husband, three kids (14, 6,5) and my mother (70, and first time camper) and everyone enjoyed it.”

We’ll get everyone together on a kids’ raft where they’ll laugh through water fights, listen to stories about the canyon and stay completely engaged with their surroundings. We’ll keep them hydrated and covered in sunscreen, watch them swim safely, lead interactive games and keep them entertained so you can relax.

Young children will have an endless supply of pristine, soft beaches, sand toys and warm water for hours of creative fun. Older children can play horseshoes or bocce, and hike into lush canyons filled with interesting plants, wildlife and history. The days rush by like the powerful river that is never far away, teaching, entertaining and making memories to last a lifetime.

There are activities on the water as the paddleboats, oarboats and inflatable kayaks float through the best scenery in the American West. Sometimes, the best moments on family river trips are simply sitting quietly and contemplating the awe of nature.

We provide healthy, kid-friendly meals and snacks throughout each day. Expect more than hot dogs and potato chips. Our meats and cheeses are chosen from a local deli. Produce is picked from our own home-grown garden. Guests and guides regularly say river cuisine is better than what they eat at home.

After dinner each evening, sit back and watch the afternoon light quietly set on a sheer canyon wall over the soft, sparkling river. Shadows move slowly into camp as the day’s events are recounted and stars begin to pop into our own sliver of clear night sky above the silent canyon. These moments are precious, the experience not to be quickly forgotten.

After dark, settle down into comfortable, clean tents and sleeping bags. Our camps each day are set up with separate kitchen, living, bathroom and sleeping areas so everyone is comfortable. The guides teach nature skills, safety skills and comfort tricks to help you become an expert backcountry camper on family rafting trips in Utah.

Colorado River rafting and Green River rafting

Warm rivers for swimming Outstanding hikes to ancient Indian ruins and hidden wonders Healthy kid-friendly meals Kid guide to organize games and fun time High quality and clean tents, chairs, and sleeping bags and pads

Choose from three separate Sheri Griffith River Expedition’s family river trips on a variety of river stretches with different age ranges to choose from:

Family River Rafting on the Green River

book onlineOur signature family rafting trip in Utah is the 5 day/4 night “Family Rafting"  expedition on the Green River. This great Utah river rafting vacation offers exceptional bonding opportunities, plenty of moderate yet fun  whitewater for children ages 5 and up, charming campsites on sandy beaches, stunning geological features and ancient and recent Western history. This Green River rafting adventure begins with a scenic flight to the launch site!


book onlineThe 2 day Fisher Towers Colorado River rafting trip is a perfect introduction to family rafting trips in Utah. One of the best Moab rafting experiences offered, you’ll float next to Arches National Park on a tremendously scenic section of the Colorado River. Enjoy views of the La Sal Mountains and amazing red rock formations that reach into the sky like skyscrapers. The river is calm and quiet through this entire section, making it a perfect family river rafting experience for those with children as young as 5. Fisher Towers is why Moab river trips are famous for the scenery


book onlineOur 4 day/3 night Gates of Lodore family river rafting trip on the Green River is one of the most popular at Sheri Griffith River Expeditions. It combines all the elements of a classic Utah river trip with great hikes, exciting whitewater, beautiful beaches and colorful history. Join us for this journey into a spectacular wilderness area! This trip offers lots of activities and action for everyone in your family ages 10 and older.