Each year as winter comes to an end, the snow begins to melt and the Utah rivers swell, attracting thrill seekers from all over the globe to bask in the excitement of Utah’s whitewater season.
Utah has been coined the birthplace of whitewater rafting. With seven National Parks and rafting trip levels ranging from novice to advanced, there truly is a perfect ride for everybody.
Professionally guided tours are offered to provide a safe and fun ride and are really the best way to experience the power of Utah’s whitewaters. The thrill and excitement you receive from shooting down a river at high speeds is an experience that will always be remembered.
Here are a few rivers that are sure to thrill you this summer season.
Colorado River – Moab, Utah
Located in Moab, the Colorado River is known as one of the best whitewater spots in the state. The river provides family oriented whitewater trips and offers up a great escape into the red rock canyon walls on the Fisher Towers of the river.
Moab Adventure Center offers a variety of different rafting trips, from half-day, full-day and multi-day rafting adventures, perfect for families and groups of friends. If you are looking for an exciting ride, try the Westwater Canyon day trip, which was named “The West’s Best Short Whitewater Trip” by National Geographic.
Cataract Canyon – Southern Utah
If you are a true thrill seeking, seasoned rafter, Cataract Canyon is your ride. Located in southern Utah, Cataract Canyon features challenging rapids and beautiful scenery including 2,000 feet red cliff walls. The river has been known to host some of the nation’s biggest rapids so safety and preparation are highly cautioned all year round. The excitement really begins when the Green River and Colorado River meet, creating a slew of powerful rapids.
The fifteen-mile stretch of rapids through Cataract Canyon can be completed in an elevated one-day trip or extended three-to-six-day excursion.
San Juan River – Bluff, Utah
Offering one-day or multi-day trips, the San Juan River is one of the most exciting rivers in Utah. A curious phenomenon, the San Juan River features sand waves, which are caused by the water’s movement against the silted river bottom, giving at times a very splashy, exciting and spontaneous ride.
Most rafting trips begin on the San Juan near the small town of Bluff and Sand Island. The journey includes a pass through of the famous Butler Wash petroglyph panel, featuring one of the largest concentrations of rock art in the Southwest.
San Juan River is the perfect rafting destination for either family fun or a wild ride.
So there you have it. Our top three picks. Before summer comes to an end, make sure to get out and enjoy the rapids.