Utah is known for its high-volume, spectacularly beautiful desert river trips. It may not have the highest density of whitewater in the country, but the otherworldly landscapes, massive sandy beaches, and mile after mile after mile of untouched desert make it a paradise for multi-day river trips. Many of Utah's classic multi-day trips feature miles of flatwater, leading up to a canyon filled with exciting whitewater. This makes for relaxed, lazy-river floats past towering canyon walls and crooked desert spires.
The high volume of the rivers also means massive whitewater. The contrast between your lazy first few days and rapid day could not be more stark. Some of the biggest rapids in the country lie in wait in places like Cataract Canyon and Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.
Utah is the place to go for an absolutely unforgettable multi-day trip.
Colorado River Watershed
- Colorado River | Ruby-Horsethief Canyon | Class I | 25.3 miles | 2 fpm
- Colorado River | Westwater Canyon | Class IV- | 27 miles | 6 fpm
- Colorado River | Moab Daily | Class II+ | 19 miles | 3 fpm
- Colorado River | Cataract Canyon | Class IV | 96 miles | 16 fpm
- Dolores River | Stateline Section | Class III+ | 33.4 miles | 12 fpm
- San Juan River | Mexican Hat to Lake Powell | Class II-III | 57 miles | 4 fpm
- Escalante River | Highway 12 to Lake Powell | Class III | 96 miles | 4 fpm
Green River Watershed
- Green River | Gates of Lodore | Class IV | 43 miles | 12 fpm
- Green River | Desolation Canyon | Class III- | 68 Miles | 8 fpm
- Green River | Labyrinth Canyon | Flatwater | 68 miles | 1 fpm
- Yampa River | Class II+ with one class IV | 71 miles | 12 fpm