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Cataract Canyon Rafting on the Colorado River
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    Cataract Canyon Rafting on the Colorado River

    Lazy day before the confluence of Green and Colorado River, August 1998 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller
    View from the start of The Loop, August 1998 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Deadhorse Point, August 1998 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Confluence of Colorado River and Green Rivers, August 1996 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Camp at Imperial Canyon after the rapids in Cataract Canyon, August 1996 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Big Drop Rapid, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller
    Ellen Olson enjoying the ducky, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Dollhouse hike from Spanish Bottom, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Enjoying music and scenery, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Lunch near Rapid 24, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Great sidehikeNewly exposed Dark Canyon, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller
    Sunset near Sheep Canyon, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller Warm Spring that has surfaced near mile 175, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller The Colorado River flows past the Hwy 95 bridge, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller View of the old Hite Marina Takeout, October 2004 - photo by Brad Goettemoeller
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    Cataract Canyon Rafting Info
    Difficulty: Class I to Spanish Bottom; IV in Cataract Canyon.
    Trip Length: 96 miles. Shorter trips possible.
    Current Streamflow 3210 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM
    Season: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

    Towns near Cataract Canyon Rafting
    Green River Utah
    Moab Utah
    Price Utah

    Rafting through Cataract Canyon is an incredible way to experience Canyonlands National Park. You'll begin your Cataract Canyon rafting trip with several relaxing days floating on the Colorado River through spectacular red walled canyons. Side hikes are abundant and a great way to see old native American ruins.

    At the confluence of the Colorado and the Green River the river increases in size and heads toward the rapids of Cataract Canyon. A few miles below the confluence the white water part of your Cataract Canyon rafting trip begins and continues for the next 12 miles.

    You will encounter nearly 30 class III and IV rapids. With many new rapids surfacing after years of being buried below Lake Powell. Several years of drought in the American west has caused Lake Powell to recede by more than 50 miles from it's high point in the mid 1980's.

    In previous decades, your Cataract Canyon rafting trip would end with a 30 mile tow across Lake Powell to Hite Marina. Now you can float all the way to the take out on river current. Rafting Cataract Canyon in this unique time, allows you to see the canyon undergoing a natural reclamation.

    No one is sure how long the lake's decline will last so raft on Cataract Canyon while you can see it all. Contact the outfitters shown below to book your Cataract Canyon rafting trip.
     
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    Western River Expeditions
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    Location: Salt Lake City, UT
    Price: $895.00-$995.00
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    Holiday River Expeditions
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    Location: Salt Lake City, UT
    Price: $930.00-$1,175.00
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    O.A.R.S. Outdoor Adventure River Specialists
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    Location: Angels Camp, CA
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    Trip Reviews for Cataract Canyon Rafting
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    Cataract Canyon above and below the rim, Jan 27, 2006
    Reviewer: Madeline from Hershey PA USA

    I had the great joy of truly exploring Canyonlands National Park in 2005. Cataract Canyon -- Grand Canyon style rapids without the price tag or time commitment or waiting list! After the Colorado River, a flight took us to Needles to jeep another three days. Had a super view of the Confluence where lifejackets were donned for the 28 fresco rapids. The hikes, the stories of human history and the explanations of geology were fascinating. Doing this combined itinerary was a magnificent choice for us. Look into it too ~
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    Spectacular rafting trip on Cataract Canyon, Dec 12, 2005
    Reviewer: Jim Nelson from Miami, FL

    I had a much needed reprieve from society in July of 2005. Floating through Cataract Canyon was one of the highlights of my life. Our guides were great and the scenery combined with whitewater rapids made for a great rafting trip. Floating through 40 feet of old silt canyons and seeing nature recover from the damage Lake Powell has done was very cool too. A truly magical trip.
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    Cataract Canyon was excellent, Oct 19, 2005
    Reviewer: Sally Jenkins from New York, NY

    My husband and I did a rafting trip on Cataract Canyon in 2004 late in the summer. It was hot but beautiful. The red canyon walls were absolutely spectacular. Anytime you got hot you could jump in the river. We went on several side hikes and saw some indian ruins. I can't imagine trying to farm and live in such a place. Vacationing there was great. I'd recommend that anyone who has 4 or 5 days does this trip.
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