The Cataract Canyon stretches along 100 miles of the Colorado River through Utah and is truly a remarkable place. My husband and I visited Moab, UT and embarked on a 4-day, 3-night rafting trip down the river. We covered the entire 100 miles on nothing but a raft. We slept under the stars (without tents), hiked plateaus, swam through rapids, paddled our way through white water, and met incredible people.
~ 100 miles on the river ~
It was the first time I’ve been disconnected from technology and the world for more than a few hours in a very long time. We literally lived off the river, carrying all our supplies on a large J-rig, “cleaning” ourselves in the river, and setting up camp each night.
Here’s what our four days entailed:
Day 1 & 2
Met the guides, set off onto the Colorado River and glided along smooth currents winding through Canyonlands National Park. We hiked to ancient Indian ruins, pictographs, and plateau outlooks. Then set up camp and slept under the stars.
Experienced over 30 white water rapids, some of which we ran through a few times, swam through the final two, and found the perfect camp along the river to watch the meteor shower that happened that night.
Set sail for our final few hours on the river and then flew back to Moab on very small planes.
And here’s what our trip looked like:
~ first night in Moab, standing across from the Adventure Center where we checked in ~
~ 100 miles with just a few boats ~
~ hiking, Indian pictographs, reaching the top, and overlooking the canyon ~
~ unbelievable rafting (that’s me in the long sleeve blue shirt helping to carry our boat) ~
~ living on the river ~
Best part of the trip? Sleeping under the stars; it is just as remarkable as you would imagine. When I read the description of the trip and they said tents were optional, I assumed we’d get a tent. But then we arrived and said, might as well give it a try. It was truly amazing!. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and would stare up at the sky. I tried desperately to stay awake as long as possible, because it was that amazing. The stars seemed so close and the sky looked almost painted.
~ flying copilot on a teeny, tiny plane ~
The worst part of the trip? The 40 minute 6-seater plane ride back to Moab. I get motion sickness, most of which I’ve grown out of, but on a tiny plane with little air, it was the longest 40 minutes of my life. I wasn’t scared that I would crash, I was terrified that I was going to vomit everywhere. And I was in the copilot seat!
After our trip, we drove down to Las Vegas, spent the afternoon at the Wynn pool and had an amazing dinner overlooking the Bellagio fountains. A little glam after a 4-day rafting trip? It was the perfect way to end our mini vacation.
Have you ever been white water rafting?