Rafting near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Go river rafting through the redrock canyons surrounding Arches and Canyonlands national park on the Colorado and Green rivers.
Rafting on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah.

Rafting on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Courtesy photo

Snaking through the redrock canyons surrounding Arches and Canyonlands national parks lie the Colorado and Green rivers. For thousands of years, these two rivers have carved paths through desert canyon walls and provided essential water to people and wildlife.

Today, they also provide adventures for people who raft, canoe, kayak and paddleboard their waters. Next time you visit Arches and Canyonlands national parks, both of which are near the eclectic town of Moab, Utah, consider exploring the area by boat. From mild family floats to adrenaline-pumping ride, class IV whitewater rapids, Moab’s river-rafting scene has something for everyone. And there are a ton of companies to choose from.

Moab Rafting Overview

Here’s an overview. Rafting companies in Moab offer several different types of trips: half-day, full-day and multi-day. They often offer both guided and self-guided trips. Depending on your ability, the ages of your group and what your interest is, any of these could make for an incredible time. Take the time to speak with the rafting guide staffers to find the trip that best fits your comfort level and the needs of your group.

For instance, you can bring the family on a wonderful float on the mild Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River or even take a jet boat ride on the Colorado River. For advanced rafters, a ride down Cataract Canyon or Westwater Canyon closer to Grand Junction offers class IV, heart-stopping rapids. For those who are comfortable with long river trips, a multi-day canoe paddle down the calm Green River at the end of summer provides a relaxing, end-of-the Earth feel. It’s possible you may see zero to a handful of people on the stretch of the Green River that ends at the Colorado River. From there, the river company will pick you up in a motorboat and bring you back up to Moab via the Colorado River.

More Information:
Learn more by visiting the Moab Area Travel Council.