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 unload their drybags into their duffles and fly back to Moab by approximately 4:00 p.m. Those having their car shuttled from Moab to Hite Marina will find your vehicles ready to go.