Colorado River, Utah
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From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

1. From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on this exciting half-day tour by 4x4 vehicle. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards the national park, meandering alongside the river. Stop outside the park boundary to explore ancient Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the Island in the Sky district. Along the way, you'll stop at vistas such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. See the remarkable Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

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From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

2. From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in Moab. Drive to the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and spend the morning exploring the remote areas of the Island in the Sky district of the park in a 4x4 vehicle. Follow the White Rim Trail, and drive along the narrow switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. See incredible rock and fossil formations, and stop along the way for photos opportunities. After your driving tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Colorado River. Admire majestic views of the river and the surrounding canyons. Finish your tour with an adrenaline-filled rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. Enjoy some whitewater fun, accompanied by professional river guides. At the end of your rafting experience, relax on the beach as your guides prepare for the short drive back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

3. Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

This spectacular flight will carry you above the fantastic scenery of the northern district of the Canyonlands National Park, known as the Island in the Sky. Majestic 1,000-foot high cliffs rise above the Colorado and Green Rivers, which border it on either side. Serpentine drainage systems are carved into the terrain below the cliffs. Upheaval Dome can be seen at its northern end, the confluence of the two rivers form the district’s southernmost point.  Then, continue to Needles District, the most fanciful and colorful portions of Canyonlands. Pink and white bands can be seen in its many spires and cliffs. It is the home of some of the most remote and famous arches of canyon country. Difficult to reach by hiking and extremely beautiful, Angel Arch and Druid Arches are the best-known landmarks in Canyonlands. Elephant Arch, Kirk Arch, Wedding Ring Arch, and Castle Arch, hidden away in the backcountry, are also included in this one-of-a-kind scenic flight tour.  Hiking to these arches would take several multi-day permitted visits and are beyond the physical reach of many of us. On this flight, you will see them all, jewels among the many wondrous features of this national park. Unlike hikers, you will see their magnificent surroundings from a bird’s-eye view, in the vastness of this remarkable portion of this gorgeous earth. A unique and very special opportunity awaits you on this exclusive flight through the remote arches of Canyonlands.

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Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

4. Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

Take the trip of a lifetime down the Colorado River on a 6-person paddle raft through some of the most sublime scenery in the United States. Absorb the majesty of soaring red rock canyons as you splash through the water with an entertaining expert guide. Drive down scenic HWY 128 to the starting point of your adventure, and receive a comprehensive safety talk before rafting through exciting class II/III rapids at Fisher Towers. Soak in the stunning surroundings as you enjoy lunch on a beautiful beach next to the river, before taking another memorable rafting voyage through incredible red rock scenery.

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Moab: Arches National Park Airplane Tour

5. Moab: Arches National Park Airplane Tour

Discover the Arches National Park from the skies with no lines, no waits, and no crowds. There is no other way to view this park so comprehensively or comfortably. This scenic air tour is the only certified flight tour operator to access the National Park from above. Embark on this exclusive adventure and walk away with incredible pictures that are insta-worthy.  Arches National Park has the world’s largest concentration of arches—more than 2000 of these amazing features. World-famous Delicate Arch can be clearly seen on this Scenic Air Tour. This national park park contains many other splendid rock formations including cliffs, fins, monuments, and pillars. Superbly colored and varied, the views of these features are breathtaking from the ground, but even more amazing to behold from the air. See the iconic Delicate Arch, North and South Windows, Elephant Butte, Fiery Furnace, Devils Garden, and Navajo Arch. On this exclusive scenic flight tour, you have the opportunity to take unique photographs from a bird's-eye-view. Discovering Arches National Park by plane allows you to access even more views of iconic arches than you would be able to in 3 days of world-class hiking in the park.

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Moab: Colorado River 3.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

6. Moab: Colorado River 3.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Admire Moab's impressive natural attractions from a unique perspective on this 3.5-hour family-friendly, flatwater paddleboard trip down the Colorado River. You do not need to worry about any rapids. Glide past impressive sandstone cliffs and marvel at the stunning scenery while your knowledgeable guide fills you in with information about the area. The entire trip borders Arches National Park as you float, paddle, and swim downstream.

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Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

7. Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

See the best sights of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and experience the famous White Rim 4x4 Trail. Your excursion starts from your accommodation in Moab with a professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Travel alongside the Colorado River as you gain elevation and make your way toward Canyonlands National Park. Before reaching the park boundary, you'll make several stops, including pristine rock art panels, overlooks of the Colorado River Canyon, and wide sweeping vistas. Once you reach the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park and the White Rim Trail, stop again and enjoy a short hike to one of the many backcountry arches that the park has to offer, including the unique Musselman Arch.   Continue your trek along the White Rim and down Lathrop Canyon, a side route that will lead to the riverside oasis, where you'll enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch prepared by your guide. There are several optional hike options throughout the day. On your way back to Moab, your 4x4 vehicle will climb up the famous Shafer Trail that will take you up to the mesa top for one more stunning view.  

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Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

8. Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

Meet in Moab and hop aboard a comfortable shuttle van that will drive you along the scenic Colorado River to the Westwater Canyon boat launch. Take a moment to prepare while your guides ready the boats and provide a pre-launch safety talk. Then, it's time to get on the water.  Head down through the Colorado River's steep narrow gorge. Take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful canyon. Stop at midday to enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Then briefly explore the canyon on foot.  After lunch, the real fun begins. Navigate the thrilling section of Class III/IV rapids with unique names like Funnel Falls, Skull, and Sock It To Me. Then relax on calm waters as you near the end of your experience.

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Moab: Splish and Splash Paddleboading on Colorado River

9. Moab: Splish and Splash Paddleboading on Colorado River

Step aboard for a unique experience paddleboard trip down the Colorado River with your family and friends. With a small guide to guest ratio, it’s like a personal guide showing you all the tips and tricks for running rivers. Encounter four sets of waves and a bunch of fun river feature to play on. Soak in the spectacular natural beauty as you paddle down the river. The entire trip is challenging and fun-filled for beginners as well as seasoned paddlers.

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From Moab: Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Experience

10. From Moab: Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting Experience

Join this tour to experience the world-famous 100-mile section of the Colorado River that passes through Canyonlands National Park and through 30 world-class rapids.   Watch for wildlife as you take in the canyon vistas along the easy stretches of the river. Rafting the Colorado River on a RHIB means there is time for swimming, hiking and relaxing in the shade. Canyonlands National Park is an outstanding wilderness setting, offering great opportunities for taking photos.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Downstream we pass the Confluence of the Green River and Colorado River, and enter the much-anticipated whitewater section. The special whitewater RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) will provide you with a fun and stable ride. These small and competent crafts navigate the thrilling whitewater of the North Seas, Hell-to-Pay, and Big Drop rapids. After hitting the rapids, a 30-mile run across Lake Powell brings you to the end of our trip. You will leave the water at Hite Marina. Return to Moab by ground transportation included in the price.

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What people are saying about Colorado River, Utah

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Outstanding guide at Paddle Moab!! Can not say enough good things about the quality of our trip, our guide knowledge and unique information provided along the way from geological to local legends to history lessons along the river. All while having a blast on the river with big thrills but all while feeling safe and steered away from any real danger.

Most excellent time! Our guide, Kevin, knew what he was doing and led an awesome tour. The people in my group had a very memerable time. We liked that we did not need to wear additional eye or head safety gear. We would and will recomend this tour to anyone comming the the Moab area. Cheers!

The guide was fantastic, we drove and followed him. He gave us great instructions, and put everyone at ease. The ride was thrilling and views unreal. We highly recommend,don't miss this !!

We had the best time ever! Our Guide was awesome!! The trail was thrilling and beautiful!! I would recommend this trip for anyone that wants a fun, exciting, thrilling time!!

Great Ride!! Enjoyed Travis and his extensive knowledge of the area! Great peaceful day and nutritious lunch!