Moab Rafting

Moab, Utah River Rafting

Utah White Water Rafting Among the Red Rocks in Beautiful Moab, Utah

Moab white water rafting on the Colorado River is one of the most rewarding activities you can do with friends or family. If you love being outdoors among the red rocks, and you enjoy getting wet you will enjoy Moab white water rafting. Your group will be able to enjoy quality time together combining beautiful red rocks with lots of water, fun, recreation and adventure. And the best part of being in a great area like Southern Utah is that there are plenty of other Moab tours you can engage in before or after your Moab river trip. You have many national parks (like Arches and Canyonlands) and recreational areas to choose from when not enjoying river rafting. So many activities are available in one amazing place.  Other options for adventure in Moab include horseback riding, 4X4 jeep tours, hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering and sky diving. 

What Options for Moab White Water River Rafting are Available on right now?

At least six different Moab river rafting tours are offered right now on All of them are located in the Fisher Towers area of the Colorado River. You can choose a half or full day trip of adventure. You can go in a 6-person boat, one-person raft or one- or two-person kayak. You can pick and choose your Moab rafting trip based on what works for you. Colorado river rafting is an adventure you will never forget! 

All tours will meet at the tour company office.  A shuttle will drive you to your raft location.  Make sure you wear clothes that can get wet like a swimsuit or wetsuit.  Water shoes with a strap in the back are important also. Make sure you do not wear flip flops. Bring your own sunscreen, water and snacks.  Wet bags and life jackets will be supplied for you for all Moab tours. There are different age limits for the different types of tours so please check on the age limit before booking your tour. You may also want to research what fitness level you must have to go on each tour.  Some tours are very short and action packed, while other tours are long and more relaxing. Check on how long each tour is before booking. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your trip departure unless your tour company is picking you up from your hotel.

Half Day Pack Rafting

Join family or friends on a half day pack rafting tour on the Colorado River. Your individual pack raft will be ready and waiting for you. With red rock scenery as your backdrop you will enjoy riding class l, ll and lll rapids as each member of your group controls his/her own raft. But don’t worry-a professional guide will be with your group. This tour is not strenuous and you can be a beginner to enjoy this trip. You do have to be at least 7 years old. The maximum group size is 9. The tour starts at 8 in the morning and lasts about 4 hours.

Full Day:  Half Day Canyoneering/Half Day Pack rafting

If you enjoy variety, you can combine a half day canyoneering adventure with a half day pack rafting trip on the river. This is an excellent way to spend a full day in Moab. The day will begin with a half-day canyon tour of your choice hiking, rappelling and canyoneering. There are a few different canyoneering options and you can choose which one works for you. After canyoneering you will take a break for lunch. Please bring your own lunch, snacks and water. The rest of the afternoon will be spent on a scenic float in your own inflatable boat!   With these lightweight boats, you can choose a section of river that is best for your group – mellow flatwater or fun rapids! This trip has been designed to give you a hiking adventure in the coolness of the morning and finish off with a water adventure in the afternoon when it is hotter.  The day’s technical challenges in the canyon and the adventurous whitewater on the river make it a very challenging, unique and memorable adventure.  Please bring shoes you can hike in. Please bring at least 2 liters of water per person on this adventure.  Maximum group size is 9. The minimum age for kids is 7 and older. This tour lasts about 9 hours total. 

Half Day Whitewater Rafting Morning or Afternoon

If you enjoy being on a boat with your friends or family members sign up for a guided Moab whitewater rafting trip down the ‘Fisher Towers’ section of the Colorado River on six-person paddle rafts. This is an exciting stretch of class II/III rapids and beautiful red rock scenery. A professional guide will be in your boat to instruct and guide you through the tour. Here is what to expect on your outing: You will meet at the company’s office in town where your group will load up the vans and head up HWY 128 to the location the rafts leave from. Once the rafts are in the water you will be required to sit through a safety talk and go over raft paddling techniques. Coast guard-approved life jackets will be distributed to you and you will then get in the rafts and be on your way! At the end of the tour when you get to the take-out area you will get on a shuttle and head back to Moab. Paddle rafts typically seat 6-7 people and a guide.  Moab tour guides will not overload a raft as a safety precaution. This whitewater tour is for those that are reasonably healthy and able to fit into a life jacket supplied by the company. Customers should be fit enough to help paddle the float. Minimum age for this adventure is 7 and up. Start times for the tour are 8:30 am for morning and 2:30 pm for afternoon tours. The total time for this trip is four hours.

Full Day Whitewater Rafting

If you want to spend all day out on the river you can sign up for a full-day Utah white water rafting tour.  This tour also runs down the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. You will experience class ll and class lll rapids. You will go in a 6 person paddle raft. Of course, your guide will stay with you the entire tour. You will meet at the tour company and a van will take you to the put in where the rafts are loaded.  A safety talk and check and lesson on paddling technique will take place.  You will be supplied a coast-guard-approved life jacket and then the fun will begin! You will paddle through breathtaking scenery of towering red rock canyons, go through many fun rapids, and enjoy lunch on a riverside beach. Make sure you bring your own snacks, water and lunch. You must be reasonably healthy and able to help paddle the raft to do this trip. Also, you must be able to fit into one of the life jackets provided. This trip is for those age 7 and up. This is a 7-hour trip and it starts at 8:30 am.

Half Day Kayaking Whitewater Trip

If you want to ride in something different from a paddle raft, why not try a kayak? Whitewater kayaking requires a little more skill but gives you more adventure. This tour doesn’t waste any time. It gets right to the rapids and starts right at the first rapid called ‘Onion Creek Rapid’ and straight into the fun. It’s a short but sweet tour. It also follows the Colorado River down through the Fisher Tower’s section of the river. This is a fun section of class II/III rapids that provide some beautiful scenery of towering red rocks along the way. Single and double inflatable kayaks are available for this action packed trip. All the needed equipment and instructions are provided by the guide company. This is a one-hour trip and you can choose one- or two-person kayaks, and this is a more strenuous trip. The maximum group size is 6.  This is for everyone age 10 and over. All equipment is provided. The trip starts at 8:30 am.

Let’s Go!

We hope the above information is helpful for you. With so many Moab, Utah rafting options available you should be able to book the tour that works best for your group. As you know, whitewater rafting is a fun, exciting and exhilarating sport. As with any adventurous sport there are some risks involved. It may be reassuring to know that your professional guide is trained to minimize and manage those risks. The most common injuries on rafting trips are sunburn and injuries that occur on land, especially getting into and out of the boats, so be sure to bring sun screen and follow the guide’s instructions.  Tipping your guide is always a good idea. Most companies recommend 5-$10 tip per person in your group.  

We wish you a fun and exciting Moab river trip adventure! Please click here to see all the exciting Moab trips and book your next adventure with Guide Guru!

Jackson Hole Rafting

Rafting in Jackson Hole

Planning Your Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Tour in the Jackson Hole Area 

If you are looking for the ultimate adventure in the Jackson Hole/Teton National Park area, consider either a Snake River whitewater rafting trip or a Snake River scenic float trip.  Both trips take about 3-4 hours each and will provide memories to last a lifetime! The Jackson whitewater adventure features the Big Kahuna and Lunch Counter rapids that will get you wet and refreshed during the hot summer.  The scenic float trips will give you an awesome view of the Tetons and the abundant wildlife along the river. Here is some information to consider when planning your trip!

Where will you meet for your river rafting tour?

The tour company will give you a time to meet at their office.  Most are located in downtown Jackson.  Other tour offices may be located in other areas north of the tour location. Usually you meet about ½ an hour before the tour group leaves to head down to the Snake River.  At the office you will sign in and wait until all members in your group arrive. A shuttle or bus will take you down to the river.  It usually takes about 45 minutes to get to the place where the rafting trip starts.  

Where is the Snake River?

The Snake River originates in Wyoming just inside Yellowstone on the Two Ocean Plateau. The whitewater river rafting tours on the Snake River usually start 20 miles south of Jackson. The Snake River scenic tours start north of Jackson. Your tour company will take you by bus to the different locations based on the type of trip you choose.

What types of river rafting tours are available on the Snake River?

Most river running outfitters have a variety to offer. You could choose a mild scenic tour on a large raft. This type of tour allows you to slowly go down the Snake river and enjoy the sights and sounds of the terrain and of the abundant wildlife around the river.  Most likely you won’t get wet on this option, unless you choose to jump out and swim.  

You can also choose a whitewater tour.  These allow you to ride the rapids, enjoy a rougher ride, and you will get wet! There are large rafts that hold a large group of people and smaller rafts that hold just eight people and the guide. 

What should I wear?

For a whitewater rafting trip, plan to get wet.  A swimsuit or quick drying shorts and a t-shirt work well. Fabrics that dry fast (fleece, wool and polyprplylene), and are lightweight are very good fabrics to wear so that you don’t get cold.  Cotton shirts and jeans are not recommended because they are too heavy and take too long to dry. 

You will be walking a short distance after you get off the raft so don’t wear flip flops.  Sneakers that can get wet or teva-like sandals with strong sturdy bottoms are probably best. You may be able to rent wet suits and neoprene booties from your tour company. 

Should I take a camera?

Probably not on a whitewater trip, but if you do decide to take a camera make sure it is waterproof and will float if dropped in the water.  Feel free to take a camera and some binoculars with you on a scenic float trip. Check with your tour company if you have questions.  

For whitewater trips, there are photographers that contract with outfitters who will take photos from a certain spot on the shore.  You can decide whether to buy them or not after you see them at the tour company after your trip.

Do I have to wear a life jacket?

Absolutely. The tour companies will supply a class V life jacket.  You will sign a release form before getting on the raft.  You will also get a safety tutorial before starting the run.  This tutorial usually will take about 15 minutes.  It includes an introduction to your guide or guides, and instructions on paddling and what to do in case you fall out of the raft.  White water river guides are wilderness experts with a great deal of training including how to run the river safely plus safety first aid and CPR training.  Make sure you follow their instructions closely.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes. Minimum age on whitewater trips is usually 6 years old.  Some guides can take kids as young as 4 years old depending on the time of year and the water level on the Snake River. Since you know your own children, you must make the judgment over whether this activity is right for them or not.

Will I get wet?

You will get wet on a whitewater rafting trip.  How wet you get will depend on where you are sitting in the raft and how high the rapids are the day of your adventure. 

On a Snake River scenic rafting tour, you will probably not get wet unless you want to!

How long will it take?

Both Jackson whitewater trips and scenic float trips take about 3-4 hours each.  Some scenic trips can be longer and may include a lunch.  Check with your tour company on your specific scenic float trip.

How wild and crazy are the Rapids?

All rivers are rated on a class scale to help you determine the size and technicality of the whitewater.  River classifications are graded on a scale of I to VI. Class I is flat water. Class V is the most difficult. Class VI is not run-able.  

The 8 mile stretch where most whitewater tours take place on the Snake River are class II-III rapids during normal water flows. During the springtime runoff (typically the first couple weeks in June), there could be waves that can get up to a class IV level.  When the Snake River gets up to these higher levels, the minimum age limit for whitewater rafting may change. If you are planning a trip for the first couple weeks of June and you are whitewater rafting with kids, make sure you check to ensure the age limit has not been raised by the Jackson tour company. 

What are the Covid-19 restrictions?

With the Covid-19 outbreak affecting all of our lives, you should find out what the coronavirus policies are for the Jackson area and what your guide is doing to keep you safe during this pandemic.

And finally, the most important advice to follow is to go with the flow, have fun and build rip roaring memories!