Westwater Canyon Overnight Expedition

2-Day Westwater Canyon Expedition

(2 days / 1 night)

This trip is perfect for those who only have a few days to spend in the area, yet want to combine camping under the stars with exhilarating whitewater and beautiful scenery. National Geographic named Westwater Canyon “The West’s Best Short Whitewater Trip.” Day one begins with the towering black cliffs and exhilarating waves of Westwater Canyon. After a peaceful night camped in the spectacular Fisher Tower Valley, you’ll enjoy the laid-back, splashy rapids of the Moab “Daily.” This popular section of the Colorado River borders Arches National Park and is surrounded by spectacular red canyon walls, mesas, lush river bottoms, and historic ranch sites. Putting these two sections together in a spectacular overnight adventure will give you a good taste of the Colorado River’s many personalities - and likely leave you coming back for more!

What to Expect

DAY 1: Guests meet at 7:00 am at our office at 625 Riversands Road, where you can park your car at our enclosed property. Once you are checked in and your car is secure, we recommend you leave your car keys behind in our office so they don’t take a swim if you do. After everyone has arrived, you’ll load into comfortable vans and leave Moab around 7:30 am. Driving to the Westwater Ranger Station launch site takes approximately 1.5 hours. Your trip leader and guides will then give an orientation on river safety and load everything up to get underway. The rest of the day will be filled with exciting rapids, sightseeing, swimming, and relaxing, with a savory picnic lunch served riverside around noon. You will arrive at the takeout around 4:00 pm for a short drive to the night’s camp in view of the famous red rock Fisher Towers. A scrumptious dinner will be served around 6:30 pm and the evening activities might include star gazing, visiting around a campfire, or retiring early to dream of dancing waves.

DAY 2: After a hearty breakfast, you’ll spend the day floating through the majestic Fisher Towers and Castle Valley section of the Colorado River. These red rock mesas and brushy valleys were made famous by “Old West” movies, many starring John Wayne. You’ll have the option to run today’s rapids in inflatable kayaks while the larger rafts you used in Westwater Canyon carry gear and anyone who just wants to relax on the bigger boats. Leisurely floating, swimming and water fighting will fill up the rest of the morning and leave you hungry for lunch. Once you’ve finished the last crumbs of your tasty meal, a 20 minute ride to Moab will have you back at your car by 3:00 pm.

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!

A spacious expedition-style tent that is easy to put up and take down will be your home away from home during your stay in the wilderness. You can roll out your freshly laundered sleeping bag on the provided cot or pad inside your tent; however, on a nice night many guests choose to sleep out under the stars. Our guides will handle all the camp chores, allowing you time for more important things -- like relaxing with a good book, playing games, soaking in the colors of the sunset, or just enjoying the camaraderie of new friends in a beautiful place.



2-Day Westwater Canyon Expedition

  • LAUNCH DATES:
    Call for availability
  • TRIP RATES:
    Adults: $350
    Youth (10-17): $290
  • GROUPS:
    290 per person for group of 8 or more

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Price includes camping equipment. Rates do not include $10 BLM launch fee, 3% Access Fee, or guide gratuity.

“Kudos to all the guides, they were great! Trip was amazing, so good that my older daughter wants to bring a group of friends down and do it again. “

-Stan from Nebraska