The Moab Daily is a fun day or overnight trip just outside of Moab, Utah. It provides a great taste of desert boating with gorgeous desert vistas, sandy beach campsites, and splashy, fun rapids. The class II difficulty makes this section is a great place for beginners to hone their rowing and paddling skills. Next time you're planning a Moab vacation, make time to run the daily!

The Moab Daily is a great place to try duckying.

The Moab Daily is a great place to try duckying. Photo by Ken Lund .

There are several different options for put-in and take-out on this section. The most commonly run is the 18 mile stretch between Dewey Bridge and Sandy Beach. If you wish to shorten or lengthen your trip, other river access sites are Hittle Bottom, Onion Creek, Rocky Rapid, Big Bend, Goose Island, and the Moab Bridge Boat Launch. Look at a map and pick a section that suits your needs! If you plan on staying at one of the BLM campsites, it's recommended to get a reservation through Recreation.gov. During spring, summer, and fall these campsites can fill quickly. Camping on the river is first-come, first-served.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Dewey Bridge Launch Site. There is a boat ramp and BLM campground here on river left.

Mile 0-5: The first five miles of the stretch flow through a deep, beautiful canyon before the scenery opens up. If you want to spend the night deep in a canyon, this is the place to do it. A large beach campsite 1.4 miles in makes for a great spot for those getting a late start.

Mile 6.5: Hittle Bottom Recreation Site. There is a boat ramp and BLM campground here on river left.

Mile 7.0: The canyon opens up into the Professor Valley. This massive valley offers picturesque views of huge desert towers and the La Sal Mountains.

The Moab Daily provides spectacular views of the Professor Valley.

The Moab Daily provides spectacular views of the Professor Valley.

Mile 9.3: Onion Creek Campground. There is a boat ramp and BLM campground here on river left.

Mile 9.7: Some abandoned-looking buildings appear to be a historical site, however they are actually part of a movie set.

Mile 13.3: Sorrel Ranch River Resort. This resort getaway has rooms that overlook the river.

Mile 16.3: Castle Creek Winery. A riverside winery is on river left. They offer wine tastings, making this a nice place to stop.

Mile 18.2: Sandy Beach Boat Ramp. Be prepared for a bit of a carry, you have to carry your boats across the beach to get them to your vehicles.

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Nick Wright

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