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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
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
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Jonah was an awesome guide.

Jonah & the team, kept the trip interesting and fun. It was the right amount of swimming & rafting. He is a clear leader.

Thank AM A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
This was unforgettable.

The scenery was intense. The trip was super fun. Jonah was our guide, and I gotta say- this dude is the real deal, very patient and easy going and very smart about the river and the area. I would definitely do this again. NAVTEC has...More

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fantastic family day out learning how to white water raft

We all enjoyed our full day out white water rafting on Westwater Canyon. The water was low so we wondered if the trip would be mild but actually we soon realised that low water meant more rocks to negotiate and we had a brilliant time...More

2  Thank Jane L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome Day on the Colorado River with guide Keif

Our family of 4 (myself, husband, 2 boys, 15 & 12) had an Awesome day with Navtec, we did the Westwater full day. The day started out with an hour & 1/2 drive to the boat ramp, the vans were spacious and ac worked. Our...More

1  Thank Kateena C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Amazing trip! Vlad was an excellent guide!

We went on the one day westwater trip with three guides, Gunner, Keith, and Vlad, and all three were excellent guides. They coordinated everything exceptionally well, and they are exceptionally knowledgeable about the westwater run. Vlad was guiding our raft: exceptionally knowledgeable about whitewater rafting...More

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