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Utah whitewater, Colorado River

Grand county, Moab to Powell Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     112 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Price, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Utah is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The scenic beauty of Utah and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming
    here. The Moab to Powell Reservoir stretch is the only paddling stretch along Colorado River. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.
You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This stretch of Colorado River in Utah is 112 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-IV section. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the White Rim Trail is always a wonderful adventure. South Fork
 
Horse Canyon is a wonderful place to look at; you can go for a hike on the The Golden Stairs. A river like this is too good to miss. If you're here at Colorado River, checking out Chocolate Drops is a must, and you are near Brimhall Point if you're here. Colorado River gets very little rain. Of all the months in a year September is the one with the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month. Summer at Colorado River comes with high temperatures in the 90's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's, and during the dark hours in the wintertime at Colorado River temperatures descend to the 10's.

Colorado River, Moab to Powell Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Colorado River.
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
Moab Under Canvas, Moab , 31 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Moab, Moab , 34 miles away
Aarchway Inn, Moab , 34 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MOAB, Moab , 34 miles away
Moab Valley Inn, Moab , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Canyonlands National Park - Maze Overlook, Moab, 2 miles away
Canyonlands National Park - Chimney Rock, Moab, 3 miles away
Canyonlands National Park - Standing Rock, Moab, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
White Rim Trail, San Juan , 8 miles away
The Golden Stairs, Garfield , 9 miles away
Silver Stairs, San Juan , 9 miles away
North Trail, Wayne , 10 miles away
Joint Trail, San Juan , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Arches National Park, Moab - UT , 35 miles away
Canyonlands National Park, Moab - UT , 35 miles away
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah , 23 miles away

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