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Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab

Moab, United States

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Splash your way down the Colorado River through the rapids of Westwater Canyon, where in addition to rugged desert scenery, there’s the chance you could spot wildlife from soaring bald eagles to river otters and beavers. Over the course of a day, hold on tight as your guide helps navigate the Class III and Class IV whitewater, where rapids have names like Sock-It-To-Me, Funnel Falls and Skull. This trip provides an adrenaline rush amidst walls of red rock canyons, and is great for the traveler who loves a challenge and a bit of desert adventure.
  • Full-Day rafting trip on the Westwater section of the Colorado River, from Moab
  • Relax in an oarboat rowed by an expert guide or work out your muscles in a paddleboat
  • Get a thrilling white-water experience on Class III and IV rapids
  • Look for wildlife such as bald eagles, river otters and beavers, and learn about the geology of the canyon
  • Includes lunch on the river, rafting gear, transportation to the river, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Moab
Professional guide
Quality buffet-style lunch
Water and lemonade
All required rafting equipment
Coast Guard-approved life jackets, river bags and camera box
Ground transportation from departure location to the river put-in and return
Soft drinks (you are welcome to bring your own)

Departure Point

Navtec Expeditions, 321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The Colorado River is an integral part of America’s Wild West, as it’s carved a series of canyons and caverns through the heart of the red rock desert. Here in the Westwater Canyon section, outside the city of Moab, explore the river by whitewater raft along with an informative guide, who will relay the area’s history and tales as you splash for miles down the river. 

On this adventurous whitewater rafting trip from Moab, there’s the chance you could see petroglyphs carved in the rocks from the area’s original inhabitants, or old mining cabins, graves and caves that date to the old Wild West. As you pass an old-growth Cottonwood tree, look up towards the sky to look for bald eagles and they soar and coast on the breeze, and keep an eye out for otters and beavers as they splash and swim in the eddies. 

The tour itself begins in Moab where you’ll meet your professional guide, and receive an intro safety briefing to be fit with lifejacket and gear. From here, hop in the van to the ride to the put-in on a scenic section of river, where your guide will offer additional instruction about riding inside of the raft.  Once you’re ready, push off from the sandy bank and prepare to splash through the canyon.

Full-Day Rafting Trip with Lunch:On this full-day rafting tour of Westwater Canyon, you’ll splash through 12 different Class III and IV rapids such as famous 'Sock-It-To-Me.' The rapids are often the highest in early summer with all of the added melted snow. Your guide will be rowing the raft with oars, so you can just hang on for the ride, absorbing the desert scenery as you splash your way down the canyon. 

In the middle of the day, your guide will paddle to a sandy riverbank in a calmer section of water, where you’ll enjoy a filling buffet lunch and can take a refreshing dip. From here, continue splashing your way downstream and listening to your echoes in the canyon,, before leaving the Colorado River behind for the comfortable drive back to Moab.
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NAVTEC Expeditions - Day Tours
Get started in the morning after making your way to the office in central Moab. Meet your guide for a safety orientation, then get outfitted with a lifejacket and other necessary gear. A van transfers you to the put-in site on the river where your guide gives a safety briefing and paddle lesson. Then step into your boat, push off from the bank and start down the Westwater Canyon section of the Colorado River.
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Colorado River
Your full-day rafting trip through Westwater Canyon provides both challenging white water and stunning scenery. Raft through 12 Class III and IV rapids including Funnel Falls, Skull and Sock It To Me. Your expert guide rows your oarboat through the rapids while you hang on and enjoy the thrills and splashes. On most trips, paddleboats are also available and participants help power the raft while following directions from the guide. Between bouncy white-water sections, take in the stunning scenery of the canyon.
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Westwater Canyon
The Westwater Canyon formed when the Colorado River cut across an ancient mountain range, the water channeling through hard rock to create the narrow canyon. Learn about the geology of the area from your guide, as well as its history and wildlife. You may see petroglyphs as well as remnants of the wild west such as old mining cabins and even an outlaw’s grave. Look for bald eagles roosting in old-growth cottonwood trees, river otters playing in the eddies and beavers slapping their tails.
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At noon your guide steers you to shore for a delicious buffet lunch on a riverside beach. Have time to rest in the shade, snap pictures and soak up the canyon’s beauty. Once you're refreshed, hit the river again for more fun. At the end of an exciting day of rafting, your guide returns you to Moab.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking; minimum weight requirement is 50 lbs (23 kg)
  • Inflatable kayaks are available upon request at no charge, please provide the request in the special requirements field at the time of booking
  • Please note, prior to departure, all travelers will be required to sign a liability release
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • It is recommended to bring: Sturdy footwear, quick dry clothing, spring or fall rain suit, swimsuit or fast drying shorts, sun screen, lip balm, hat and a camera (preferably waterproof)
  • Camping gear can be rented from the tour operator at an additional cost
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY NAVTEC Expeditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Excellent trip
, Sep 2020
leaving a review, you did a great job in Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab! aaaaa
Boat ride with a view.
, Sep 2020
Was very disappointed. It was a boat ride with a view, we didn’t get to paddle and I have been on many whitewater trips. Also the staff lied about being closed on a Saturday when I needed to change my dates due to weather canceling all my other activities. I do not recommend this place to people wanting to experience great whitewater.
Awesome trip!
, Jun 2020
Awesome!! We had the best time! The company and guides - Matt and Reed- were amazing. It is a beautiful area with super fun rapids. Highly recommend!!
Exciting Expedition!
, Jun 2020
Amazing guide (Reed), gave tons of facts and information and made us feel safe all the time even in class 4 rapids. We felt like we were in good hands! This was really fun!
WE had a fantastic on the water...
Stephen B
, Sep 2016
WE had a fantastic on the water. Our guide was knowledgeable and professional. The whole day was well organized, they really took very good care of us.

Product code: 6896MOABRAFT2

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