Utah's Cataract Canyon by J-Rig

Cataract Canyon by J-Rig

Spend three or four days on the Colorado River, travelling through the gorgeous Cataract Canyon in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. You’ll blast along 96 miles of the river in a matter of days, thanks to your vessel; a motorized j-rig.

The Canyonlands National Park. Mission Impossible II, Thelma and Louise, and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were all filmed here – and it’s hardly surprising seeing as this part of the USA is home to some seriously striking scenery. Red rock canyons are carved deep into the landscape, rock spires twist upwards like stalagmites, and natural arches provide perfect frames for blue skies and a seemingly never-ending desert landscape. Then there’s the native American rock art that was scratched and etched into rock surfaces 600 years ago. All in all it makes for a hugely compelling experience and the perfect place to spend quality time outdoors.

Hike under sandstone spires, sleep beneath a canopy of twinkling stars, and get your kicks from rafting through whitewater – this little tour’s got the lot. Plump for the four-day option and you’ll enjoy a great mix of hiking and rafting, or just go for the three-day tour if you’d rather spend time on the water. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by scenery so awesome it’s starred in numerous films. And it’s not just thrill-seekers who’ll enjoy this tour, there’s something for history buffs too. You’ll visit sites of ancient Anasazi petroglyphs – rock art that was etched into the landscape 600 800 years ago.

Your boat for this trip is a motorized j-rig, which is a type of boat designed specially for the Colorado River. These boats are much larger than the oarboats used on the other rafting trip and as consequence have more space, making for a more comfortable ride. The perfect trip for those who want the thrills of the water in a hurry!

You don't have to be an experienced whitewater rafter to enjoy the thrill of the exciting rapids in Cataract Canyon. You do need a sense of adventure though, as you will get wet a lot, you might fall in and you’ll be tackling some furious whitewater rapids.

Children aged 10 and above are welcome. Maximum group sizes are 25, although the average is between 10 and 15. The maximum number of people to an oarboat is 5. This trip is a great bonding experience for families and friends alike - be prepared for team work.

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810 USD (3 days) per person

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