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Cataract Canyon River Rafting

Cataract Canyon, located on the Colorado River southwest of Moab, Utah, is one of America's most rugged and beautiful canyons!

Isolated in the southeast corner of Utah, Adventure Bound offers outstanding "big water" trips through the beautiful and unique Canyonlands National Park.

The first part of the trip will be spent relaxing and anticipating the upcoming excitement down river. Swim breaks and lots of suntan lotion flavor the start of your trip.

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As we reach the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in the heart of the Canyonlands, we prepare for the colossal rapids of Cataract. We will be rafting some of the largest whitewater in America!

This stretch is truly rugged and action-packed. The peak season for the whitewater is May and June, and it moderates through the summer.

The last segment of the trip consists of exploring the lower canyons of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and our final destination, Hite Marina. Be prepared for a hearty riverside dinner and exciting campfire tales of the whitewater rapids of Cataract Canyon.

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In 1869, a great pioneer, Major John Wesley Powell, passing through what is now Canyonlands National Park, reported "the landscape everywhere away from the river, is of rock — cliffs of rock, plateaus of rock, terraces of rock, crags of rock — ten thousand strangely carved forms".

Learn about the first pioneers of the Colorado river in the Canyonlands.

Hard Shell Kayak Trip

Join Adventure Bound for an unparalleled hard shell kayak trip in the extraordinary wilderness river canyons of the southwest!


  • Read the Denver Post's interview with Adventure Bound about the untamed, unequaled Colorado River through
  • Cataract Canyon!

  • View more Cataract Canyon rafting and inflatable kayaking photos in our Photo Gallery.  If you have some great photos from one of our trips and would like them added to our new photo album, please send them to info@adventureboundusa.com

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Cataract Canyon
Dates & Rates:

2014     2015

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Trip Details:

Trip Length: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7 Days

Rapid Rating: II-IV
Peak Season: IV-V (May-June)

Boats: Pontoon rafts and oar rafts, inflatable kayaks when water conditions permit. Oar rafts on most 4-day trips. Oar rafts emphasized on 5 & 7-day trips (water conditions determine best craft configuration).

Private Charter Trips: Available on all trip lengths. Choose your own date, April through November. Call for details.

Location: Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park

Leave 7:30 a.m. from Grand Vista Hotel, Grand Junction, Colorado, or 9:30 a.m. from Thompson Springs, Utah. Return approximately 5:30 p.m. to Thompson Springs, Utah, or 7:30 p.m. to Grand Junction, Colorado.

Optional: "River Trip Only" - No land transportation provided. Deduct $100 per person from all prices listed. Provide your own shuttle service. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Potash boat ramp near Moab, Utah. The trip ends at Lake Powell approximately 3:00 p.m. on last day of trip. Call for details.

Included in the trip:

  • Van transportation to and from the river
  • Inflatable kayaks when river conditions permit
  • Delicious meals, beverages, ice and coolers
  • Life vests
  • Dry bags for personal gear
  • Please bring your own alcoholic beverages

"We would like to express our appreciation for the incredible experience your guides provided to us on the recent Cataract Canyon river trip. Adventure Bound will be our first choice in both referral and on any future river trips. Again, we thank you and your guides for a life-changing, unforgettable experience on the Colorado River!" — Connie H. & Logan A.


"Please give a huge thanks to your guides… they definitely promoted your company with great respect and you have earned my future business. I'm looking forward to doing another Cataract trip soon."
— Matthew F.

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