Great Three Day Trip!

3-Day Cataract Canyon Expedition

(3 days/2 nights)

The 3 Day Canyon Express is a white water rafting trip for those who have a shorter amount of time but want to experience the grandeur of Cataract Canyon. This trip covers the same number of miles as the 4- and 5-day trips, just in less time. On day one we will motor the 49 miles of calm water to the confluence of the mighty Colorado and the Green Rivers. During this first day you will enjoy some short interpretive hikes with your guides to some ancient Anasazi Petroglyphs. Day two you will run the rapids that have made this canyon famous. Day three will be taking us across Lake Powell to Hite Marina where the adventure continues with a scenic flight back to Moab over Canyonlands National Park.

What to Expect

DAY 1: Guests meet at approximately 7:30 am at our office at 625 Riversands Road. We will give you an exact meeting time during check-in the day before your departure. Once your car is securely parked in our enclosed property, we recommend you leave your car keys behind in our office so they don’t take a swim if you do. If you don’t have a car, we can arrange transportation to our office. After everyone has loaded their bags, you’ll enjoy a scenic 30 minute ride to the launch site. Your trip leader and guides will then give an orientation on river safety and load everything up to get underway. The first day invites relaxation as you motor through sculpted red sandstone cliffs, every bend bringing new spires, mesas, and canyon views. Along the way there will be plenty of breaks for swimming, relaxing and off-river hiking to Native American petroglyphs and other points of interest. You’ll pull into camp with plenty of time to set up a cozy home-away-from-home as the guides prepare a scrumptious dinner.

DAY 2: After a night under some of the brightest stars in America, you’ll wake to a hearty breakfast and push off to begin the rapid section of the trip. Cataract Canyon proper begins with the confluence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. You’ll feel the river’s personality change right away as it rushes through the boisterous waves of Brown Betty rapid and begins the 14-mile rapid stretch. After riding through the rip-roaring rapids that made this section famous, you’ll hear shouts of relief and excitement accompanied by dripping wet high-fives. This night at camp often features spirited retellings of the adventures of the day.


DAY 3: As you enter the waters of Lake Powell, you’ll have time for more relaxing, swimming, marveling at the majestic sandstone walls, and bonding with interesting people. Early afternoon should see you at the Hite Marina area, unloading rafts and bidding farewell to your newfound friends.Guests taking the scenic charter flight option will take their dry bags and fly back to Moab by approximately 4:00 p.m. Those having their car shuttled from Moab to Hite Marina should make arrangements ahead of time with our office.

What to Bring

    On a wilderness adventure, happiness is bringing less -- not more. The items on this list should meet your needs throughout your trip. The night before departure, you will receive two dry bags for your gear: a small one for personal items you’ll want to access during the day, and a larger one to hold your camping gear and a change of clothes. The larger dry bag will be secured to the raft and inaccessible during the day. It will come with a sleeping bag, pad, and ground tarp already inside, leaving room for a small nylon gym bags’ worth of clothes (about 12”x12”x24” - be mindful of this limited space as you pack). Do not bring backpacks or suitcases to the river. Choose clothing that will keep you comfortable through a full day under the sun and can get wet. Most guests meet at our office ready for rafting, but a changing area and restrooms are available if you prefer to travel in regular clothing and change there.

    Recommended Clothing:

    • Sun hat (and string to keep it from blowing off)
    • Quick drying shorts and/or swimming suit
    • T-shirts (Long sleeve is a good idea for sun protection in the hot summer months)
    • River sandals or two pairs tennis shoes (one to get wet, one for camp)
    • Lightweight long pants
    • Socks and underwear
    • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
    • Rain gear

    Recommended Personal Items:


    • Plenty of sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF 15)
    • Body lotion
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Biodegradable soap (such as Ivory)
    • Insect repellent (although the bugs are not bad in Westwater Canyon)
    • Small towel & personal hygiene items
    • Small pillow
    • Disposable moist towelettes
    • Kleenex (small travel packs)
    • Medication if needed
    • Extra pair prescription glasses or contact lenses
    • Sunglasses with safety strap
    • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
    • Sport water bottle
    • Camera with extra batteries and storage media
    • Money for T-shirts, maps, stops at stores and gratuities at the end of the trip
    • Medium Ziploc bags – 5 or 6 for handy storage
What we Provide

  • Coast Guard Approved Type V lifejacket
  • Small dry bag for use on the river during the day
  • Large dry bag to store things you’ll need at camp
  • All rafting, safety, and camping equipment
  • Transportation from our office in Moab to the river and back
  • Hearty and delicious meals
  • Cold water and lemonade on the boats
  • The best licensed guides in the industry
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

3-Day Cataract Canyon Expedition

  • LAUNCH DATES:
    2017 Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Other dates can be requested.
  • TRIP RATES:
    Adults: $799
    Youth (8-17): $699
  • GROUPS:
    699 per person for group of 8 or more

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Price includes camping equipment and return flight to Moab. Rates do not include 3% access fee or guide gratuity.

“My experience was AMAZING!!!! I am not an outdoor person…camping and hiking and not having running water, is not my idea of a good time….but I can honestly say I would do a rafting trip with your company every year if I could….it was so much fun and so beautiful….the experience will stay with me forever!!! “

- Lisa from Iowa