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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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Professional guide
Quality buffet-style lunch
Water and lemonade
All required rafting equipment
Coast Guard-approved life jackets, river bags and camera box
Ground transportation from departure location to the river put-in and return
Soft drinks (you are welcome to bring your own)
Navtec Expeditions , 321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

our one day Westwater expedition departs 8:00 AM from NAVTEC Expeditions. Our office is located at 321 N. Main Street in Moab, UT. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in. We return to our office at about 6:00 PM.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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Get started in the morning after making your way to the office in central Moab. Meet your guide for a safety orientation, then get outfitted with a lifejacket and other necessary gear. A van transfers you to the put-in site on the river where your guide gives a safety briefing and paddle lesson. Then step into your boat, push off from the bank and start down the Westwater Canyon section of the Colorado River.
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Colorado River
Your full-day rafting trip through Westwater Canyon provides both challenging white water and stunning scenery. Raft through 12 Class III and IV rapids including Funnel Falls, Skull and Sock It To Me. Your expert guide rows your oarboat through the rapids while you hang on and enjoy the thrills and splashes. On most trips, paddleboats are also available and participants help power the raft while following directions from the guide. Between bouncy white-water sections, take in the stunning scenery of the canyon.
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Westwater Canyon
The Westwater Canyon formed when the Colorado River cut across an ancient mountain range, the water channeling through hard rock to create the narrow canyon. Learn about the geology of the area from your guide, as well as its history and wildlife. You may see petroglyphs as well as remnants of the wild west such as old mining cabins and even an outlaw’s grave. Look for bald eagles roosting in old-growth cottonwood trees, river otters playing in the eddies and beavers slapping their tails.
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At noon your guide steers you to shore for a delicious buffet lunch on a riverside beach. Have time to rest in the shade, snap pictures and soak up the canyon’s beauty. Once you're refreshed, hit the river again for more fun. At the end of an exciting day of rafting, your guide returns you to Moab.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking; minimum weight requirement is 50 lbs (23 kg)
  • Inflatable kayaks are available upon request at no charge, please provide the request in the special requirements field at the time of booking
  • Please note, prior to departure, all travelers will be required to sign a liability release
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • It is recommended to bring: Sturdy footwear, quick dry clothing, spring or fall rain suit, swimsuit or fast drying shorts, sun screen, lip balm, hat and a camera (preferably waterproof)
  • Camping gear can be rented from the tour operator at an additional cost
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY NAVTEC Expeditions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Grab a paddle and go, go, go!
, Aug 2021
Such an amazing experience! The team of guides we had were authentic and genuine (shout out to Katie, Greg, Lake, and Ethan); you can tell they truly enjoyed their job and their life. It was truly full service from pick up, drive to and from, rafting and LUNCH! I thought lunch would just be "here are some snacks," but it really was an actual lunch. The rapids were exciting and provided an adrenaline rush. The guides gave us safety tips and were clearly competent and confident if something were to happen. I was curious to see where the overall 'half' start came from and after reading other reviews, I could see why ppl might be bummed about their experience. That being said, I would recommend/suggest that you 'claim' a paddle boat if that is what you want. An option might be for Navtec to offer an optional upgrade to guarantee a spot in the paddle boats. Other reviewers mentioned no A/C (*eye roll), long drive (*eye roll*), and small rapids. Navtec can't control the rhythm of the rapids or the water levels, so I don't think they should be faulted for that. Overall, I would highly recommend, absolutely worth the price point, and I'm ready to do it again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Exciting for a little while.
, Jul 2021
The guides were AWESOME! They made the trip a lot of fun. The exciting part of the river was very short and there was too much driving/floating time.. Air conditioning in the bus would have made the riding portion much better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth the time and money.
, Jul 2021
Was very disappointed my group was stuck on the pack raft and was not able to paddle on a raft that was not crowded with motors and metal boxes. The rapids were maybe an hour plus a few minutes and hardly worth the $200 a person. Long day of travel and outboard motor noise. Hardly the experience I was expecting.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Jun 2021
The guides were fun. To be honest every other part of it was fairly disappointing. Between the three hours of drive time, the hour to hour and a half of load and unload time, lunch, and floating down the river lazily just to get to the rapids our 8-hour excursion was more like 40 actual minutes of rapid time. They said the rapids were supposed to be rated 3 or 4 and if that's the case I probably would need rapids that were rated around 10 to actually have fun. 200 bucks for just over a half an hour of rapids seems pretty steep to me.
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Great Day of Rafting
, Apr 2021
This was a great rafting trip! Our guide, Will, was an expert navigator and very fun to spend the day with! These rapids were mostly 3s in April, with one 4. Expect to get wet! The company provided wet suits and rain coats, and their lunch was delicious! They don’t allow too many people on the raft, so the experience was perfect! I’d highly recommend.
Excellent trip
, Sep 2020
leaving a review, you did a great job in Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab! aaaaa
Boat ride with a view.
, Sep 2020
Was very disappointed. It was a boat ride with a view, we didn’t get to paddle and I have been on many whitewater trips. Also the staff lied about being closed on a Saturday when I needed to change my dates due to weather canceling all my other activities. I do not recommend this place to people wanting to experience great whitewater.
Awesome trip!
, Jun 2020
Awesome!! We had the best time! The company and guides - Matt and Reed- were amazing. It is a beautiful area with super fun rapids. Highly recommend!!
Exciting Expedition!
, Jun 2020
Amazing guide (Reed), gave tons of facts and information and made us feel safe all the time even in class 4 rapids. We felt like we were in good hands! This was really fun!
WE had a fantastic on the water...
Stephen B
, Sep 2016
WE had a fantastic on the water. Our guide was knowledgeable and professional. The whole day was well organized, they really took very good care of us.

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