Just Add Water for Insta-Adventure: Rafting Moab, Utah
Dec 8, 2020
By: Melinda Rhodes
#whitewaterwarrior #makinasplash #bankshot #restingbeachface #sleepingunderthestars
These are just a few of the hashtag possibilities when it comes time to post your pics in all their Instagram
glory after a Moab rafting trip guided by Western River Expeditions. Why not during? Because there’s no WiFi
on the water and most people don’t have service between the intricately carved canyon walls. Go ahead:
unplug and unwind on an unforgettable adventure. It’s nice to get away from all the digital distractions of daily
life. Schedule, schmedule.
On River Time
You’ll spend a few hours on the water each day. Sometimes you’ll be floating along on water calmer than the
lazy river at your local water park, in awe of your natural surroundings. Other times you’ll be paddling
vigorously, avoiding obstacles and conquering heinous hydraulics (aka rapids) on a ride more exhilarating than
any roller coaster or off-road tour. Forget the 4x4 and Hell's Revenge — Moab is better by boat. But if you
want the best of both worlds, multisport trips are available that combine off-road excursions and river rafting.
There’s also plenty of time to spend basking on soft, sandy beaches, hiking to hidden places and eating to your
heart’s content. And we’re not talking about boil-in-a-bag meals. Think steak and salmon for dinner. Bacon and
eggs for breakfast. Ice-cold lemonade. And don’t forget the dutch oven dessert! Cobbler, anyone? Everything
tastes better alfresco.
No Experience Required
It doesn’t matter how much outdoor experience you have. Before you push off on the Green or Colorado River,
licensed guides walk you through the basics. You’ll go over paddling commands like “lean in” and “high side.”
Listen carefully so you don’t become a pinball wizard in the water. (Talking to you, bruh.)
It’s not necessary to have a garage full of gear, either. Sure, this party is BYOB (bring your own bathing suit).
And you’ll want to pack some neoprene socks, a great hat (#riverhairdontcare) and some other personal
necessities in your soft-sided duffel. But Western River Expeditions packs the big stuff — from life jackets to
freshly laundered sleeping bags. The outfitter also provides tents and ground covers if you want them, but
nothing beats sleeping on a comfortable cot directly under the dark, starry sky.
The next day, wake up and welcome the warmth of the morning sun. Even before that first cup of caffeination,
your legs will be bouncing with anticipation as you wait to board the raft.
Because … YOLO
Whether you're traveling solo or planning the ultimate bachelor(ette) party with a handful of your closest friends
… plus the guest of honor’s curious cousin, Western River Expeditions offers trips for all types of travelers with
one thing in common: an appetite for adventure.
● Cataract Canyon (2 or 4 days): Feel just like that John Wesley guy as you head toward Lake Powell
on the Colorado River, stopping at seldomly seen places, chasing waterfalls (against TLC’s lyrical
advice) and exploring ancient ruins along the way. The flow is fast and furious through this stretch, with
class III-V rapids, thanks to the confluence of the Green River.
HIGH (NOT DRY) AND MIGHTY →
● Desolation Canyon (5 days): Bring the young’uns. Kids 5 and up are welcome on this family-friendly
Green River trip with class II and III rapids. As you navigate the river corridor you’ll see towering cliffs,
ginormous cottonwood trees, and lots of wildlife. Quick side hikes reveal ancient petroglyphs and outlaw
YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T TIDE →
● Westwater Canyon (4 days): This is the trip for anti-campers. During the day you’ll be rafting class
III-V rapids and off-roading in the backcountry. Each night you’ll come back to the Red Cliffs Lodge
where you can take a hot shower and sleep in a luxurious bed.
HAND ME MY GUCCI PADDLE →
● Southwest Sampler (4 days): Please everyone in the famdamily with this multi-sport trip. Explore
Arches National Park in the morning and go on a Hummer ® tour during sunset hours. Spend a couple of
nights in a hotel before hitting the Colorado for an overnight river trip with class I-III rapids.
I WANT IT ALL →
Though Moab is the quintessential place for river rafting, it’s also a rock climbing mecca. Sandstone walls are
everywhere, full of multi-pitch sport routes and trad climbs. When you’re booking your river trip, you may also
want to book an add-on activity. Moab Adventure Center offers half-day rock climbing excursions for all
abilities. Or see the red rock from a different perspective and reserve a hot air balloon ride.
Rapids. Rinse. Repeat.
Wanna do it again and again and again? You’re in luck. Western River Expeditions doesn’t just offer multi-day
Moab whitewater rafting excursions. The company also does trips outside of Utah including Arizona’s Grand
Canyon, Oregon’s Rogue River, Idaho’s Salmon or Snake River, and Costa Rica’s Pacuare River. Book an
unforgettable, uninhibited adventure today. Or, get a Western River Expeditions gift card and let that special
someone choose their own adventure.