colorado river moab

Colorado River

From mild to wild, Moab has an abundance of river recreation opportunities available to suit any taste.


While our area is known for its family oriented whitewater trips on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River, there are several wilder single and multi-day trips available in Westwater and Cataract Canyons. Additionally, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are the perfect way to explore the calm water segments of the Colorado. Individuals or groups may raft the river on their own or with a professional river outfitter.

Whitewater Trips

Westwater and Cataract Canyons provide thrilling Class IV whitewater rapids for an unforgettable rafting experience. Photo courtesy of Moab Adventure Center

Scenic Rafting

The mild Fisher Towers Section of the Colorado River provides an extremely scenic rafting trip suitable for the entire family.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is an incredible way to surround yourself, or your entire family, with the splendor of the scenic Colorado River gorge.

Suggested Activities

A morning or afternoon rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. This mild rafting trip is suitable for everyone from children (40 lbs) to senior citizens willing to get their feet wet. If you don’t want to get wet, consider a morning or afternoon calm water jetboat tour on the Colorado River. These relaxing trips are perfect for photographers and families with toddlers and senior citizens. A half day paddle boarding trip is great fun for the entire family.
Full Day
A mild full day rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River is suitable for everyone from children (40 lbs) to senior citizens willing to get their feet wet. For a wilder adventure consider a whitewater trip in Cataract or Westwater Canyons. Those with river navigation skills can rent their own canoe, raft or kayak and do a self guided trip.
Several Days
Camp on the river bank on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado, or in Westwater or Cataract Canyons. Camp more nights to experience a non-motorized Cataract Canyon river trip, a canoe trip on the Green River, or consider rafting with Moab’s Outfitters on the nearby San Juan River or in Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River.

Scenic Drives

Utah’s Colorado Riverway is a scenic wonderland of colorful cliffs, river-carved canyons, lush bottom lands, and massive sandstone spires. Highways 128 and 279 parallel the river for many miles, and are both Utah Scenic Byways. Check out our Scenic Byways Page for turn-by-turn directions to both of these byways.

View of Fisher Towers from Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128)

Canoeing the Colorado along Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-279)

Picnic Facilities

Picnic facilities are available along Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128) at Lion’s Park and Hittle Bottom Boat Ramp (shade shelter next to boat ramp). No permits or fees are required for day use at these sites.

Simple Pleasures

A mother and daughter rafting adventure makes for the experience of a lifetime in Moab!

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