With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, it’s time to finalize those summer vacation plans. And if you’re wondering what to do, you’re in luck, because we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have a pretty good suggestion for you. Go whitewater rafting! Utah is full of rivers and flooded canyons that offer some of the best rafting in the country. Here is a list of the best places (in our humble opinion) to check out:
Cataract Canyon – this is our number one choice for whitewater rafting in Utah. The Colorado River has carved a path through the red rock of Canyonlands National Park, creating in the process some of the most beautiful scenery and the wildest waters in the state. Sections of the river are classified as Category V rapids. To fully enjoy the Cataract Canyon experience, we recommend making it a multi-day adventure. Start in Moab and exit at Hite Marina on Lake Powell.
Stillwater Canyon – This is also part of Canyonlands National Park network of waterways. It’s located a little further upstream from Cataract Canyon. Slow and easy, this section of the Colorado is perfect for families with children. It is a great way to introduce the kids to rafting. Perfect for a one-day river trip. Launch at Mineral Bottom and exit at The Confluence.
San Juan River – Another great river that is best suited for multi-day trips, the San Juan runs through the southeastern corner of Utah. We recommend taking time to get out and hike as you float downstream. On this one, you get the best of both worlds, rapids and smooth sailing. There are several launch points and exits to choose from, depending on the length of your trip.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of other rivers to choose from, but these are some of favorite. Have fun shooting those rapids!