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Colorado River, Utah

Colorado River, Utah: Our most recommended tours and activities

Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

1. Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

Begin the evening on the banks of the Colorado River, just 2 miles north of Moab, Utah. Savor a delicious cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the water. After dinner, climb aboard a flat-bottomed boat and begin your river adventure. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide will point out things of interest and ignite your imagination. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins when 40,000 watts of natural light illuminate the canyon wall. Watch as lights, shadows, music, and narration make the stories of the canyon's formation, creation, and history come to life on the walls above the river - as learned from the early settlers of the area (the Catholic conquistadors, Native Americans, and Mormon pioneers). This Sound and Light Show is a not-to-be-missed unique experience and a great end to a perfect day in Moab.

Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

2. Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

Climb aboard a Kawasaki UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) for an adrenaline thrill on the Hell’s Revenge Trail of Moab. Drive a specialized 4WD vehicle, with the confidence of knowing you are following a professional guide. Hell's Revenge is like a slow moving roller coaster; except it’s on slickrock! Drive across petrified mountains of rock that look like sand dunes. Although known as “slickrock,” it's actually gritty like sand paper; and unlike anything else you’ve experienced before. Along the way, stop for panoramic views from the Colorado River Overlook, and see authentic dinosaur tracks. Travel in convoys of no more than 5 vehicles for a more intimate and personal experience. Anyone over the age of 21 can drive one of the buggies if they have a valid drivers license, and are comfortable driving on terrain with steep slopes and cliffs. Each vehicle can accommodate up to 4 people.

Moab: Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour

3. Moab: Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour

Enjoy the basic route of Hell’s Revenge to the Colorado River overlook into Arches National Park. This safe, but thrilling adventure is great for all skill levels, from novice to expert. Meet your guide just outside of Moab. After safety instructions, load up and head right to the Hells Revenge Trailhead. Enjoy the thrill of the petrified sand dunes and beautiful scenery of red rock hills, and snow-capped mountains as you follow your guide. Every tour includes water and snacks, and is guaranteed to take your breath away! U-Drive tours are family friendly, with a minimum age of 3 years old. All drivers must be at least 18 years old and present a valid driver's license.

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

4. From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

5. From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

Enjoy a guided rafting tour for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 or 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Get picked up in Moab and meet your professional guide. Get outfitted with the necessary rafting gear and listen to your guide's safety instructions. Then embark on a wild adventure along the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley part of the river. The trip is about 7 miles and you're sure to get in some splashy rapids. Select the option including lunch to enjoy a buffet-style meal during your tour. At the end of the trip, the shuttle will take you back to Moab.

From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

6. From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on this exciting half-day tour by 4x4 vehicle. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards the national park, meandering alongside the river. Stop outside the park boundary to explore ancient Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the Island in the Sky district. Along the way, you'll stop at vistas such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. See the remarkable Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

7. Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

Take the trip of a lifetime down the Colorado River on a 6-person paddle raft through some of the most sublime scenery in the United States. Absorb the majesty of soaring red rock canyons as you splash through the water with an entertaining expert guide. Drive down scenic HWY 128 to the starting point of your adventure, and receive a comprehensive safety talk before rafting through exciting class II/III rapids at Fisher Towers. Soak in the stunning surroundings as you enjoy lunch on a beautiful beach next to the river, before taking another memorable rafting voyage through incredible red rock scenery.

Moab: Hells Revenge Trail Off-Roading Adventure

8. Moab: Hells Revenge Trail Off-Roading Adventure

Discover the world-famous Hells Revenge trail and witness its stunning rocky terrains as you ride custom-built 4x4 vehicles with full safety equipment driven by a professional driver. Choose from a 2 or 3-hour tour suitable for any age. Feel at ease knowing that tours come with highly-experienced guides who put your safety as their priority. The vehicles are built specifically for these rocky terrains and offer the best quality roll cage, 5 point harnesses, and bucket seats for optimal safety and comfort. 2-Hour Tour: Experience the petrified "roller coaster" sand dunes and go out to the Colorado River overlook. See the La Sal Mountain Range, stand 1,000ft above the Colorado River, and look into Arches National Park from a distance. This tour will include one obstacle: Hells Gate.  3-Hour Tour: Get to cover most of Hells Revenge Trail on trilling obstacles which include Slick Rock, Hells Gate, Mickeys Hot Tub, Car Wash Hot Tub, Escalator, Cowboy Hill, Really Steep Hill, and the Colorado River Overlook that offers breathtaking views.

Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

9. Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

Experience the Colorado River as you float down some of the most incredible scenery the U.S. has to offer. Glide south of the Moab Valley, where the water is calm, as you take in the majestic sights of Meander Canyon, located in the Canyonlands.   You'll ride in a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) on a half-day scenic tour. Enjoy this small group tour for a relaxed atmosphere, as you make your way through the canyon. Enjoy either morning or afternoon options. Glide under Dead Horse Point and see Native American art and ruins along the way. Hop off the boat for a short walk to see an ancient petrified forest. Take in incredible views of Canyonlands, as you float past the Goose Neck of the Colorado, before completing your tour.

Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

10. Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

Meet in Moab and hop aboard a comfortable shuttle van that will drive you along the scenic Colorado River to the Westwater Canyon boat launch. Take a moment to prepare while your guides ready the boats and provide a pre-launch safety talk. Then, it's time to get on the water.  Head down through the Colorado River's steep narrow gorge. Take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful canyon. Stop at midday to enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Then briefly explore the canyon on foot.  After lunch, the real fun begins. Navigate the thrilling section of Class III/IV rapids with unique names like Funnel Falls, Skull, and Sock It To Me. Then relax on calm waters as you near the end of your experience.

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What people are saying about Colorado River, Utah

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,415 reviews

Our guide Jeff was great!! Very knowledgeable about the area and took us 14 miles down the river and made it a fun day! Highly recommend!!

It was a beautiful experience. Our guide gave us an extreme amount of history on the tour. He was also funny which made for a great time.

Great way to see both parks and learn some details, so one can focus further experiences while in Moab.

I would highly recommend this if you are visiting Moab. Kevin was our guide and did a great job!!

The experience was great the tour guide was awesome and knowledgeable