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Explore Utah’s Canyonlands National Park By Land, Water and Air with Moab Adventure Center

Story by Western River Expeditions


Mountain Biking in Canyonlands

Moab Adventure Center, a division of Western River Expeditions, invites visitors to explore Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands by land, water and air. Mountain biking, river rafting and flightseeing from a single-wing aircraft are among assorted day trips available nearly year-round. Guests receive a discount when packaging three or more select single-day adventures together.

Canyonlands by Land

Moab Mountain Biking options engage guests for some four hours on the Intrepid Trail, a nine-mile, moderate to intermediate, single-track trail rising to 6,000 feet above sea level in Dead Horse Point State Park. The per-person rate is $95 for ages 10 and up.Relatively level terrain, gentle slopes and some of the most spectacular views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park make the trail very family-friendly.

Canyonlands by Water

Moab River Rafting offerings include running the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon and Canyonlands National Park from early May to early July. Offered are two and four-day programs (maximum group size 14) for ages 10 and up.  Rates include rafting and side canyon hiking excursions, overnight camping, all meals from departure to return and transfers back to Moab.

The two-day Cataract Canyon Express traverses some 100 river miles as professional guides share stories and facts about ancient Native American civilizations and local folklore before the raft drops into a series of nearly 30 whitewater rapids that make Cataract Canyon legendary. The journey ends at Lake Powell where guests are shuttled back to Moab. The per-person rate is $615.

A four-day Cataract Canyon Classic explores by water majestically cut canyons past Dead Horse Point State Park and beyond the confluence of the Colorado and Green River enroute to head-to-head encounters with world-famous class III-V whitewater. The way out is by air. The per-person rate is $1,325 adult, $995 youth ages 10-15 (minimum age 12 for May-June departures.)

Canyonlands by Air

Moab Scenic Flights over Canyonlands National Park include a one-hour soar over some of Earth’s most spectacular terrain. Flights operate daily year-round for witnessing the etching that the Colorado and Green rivers have created over millions of years, a perspective impossible to grasp by land or water. A professional pilot and guide direct the tour over the Colorado River past Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point, and The Maze, (hideout of famous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). On the approach to the Needles area the plane flies over the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, absorbing the eye-popping beauty of Chesler Park, Druid Arch and Angel Arch.  The per person rate (ages 3 and up) is $173, with window seat and headsets guaranteed.

In addition to mountain biking, other land excursions include Hummer safaris, rock climbing and canyoneering and horseback riding. Guests who want to be on the water can, in addition to rafting, engage a jetboat on the Colorado River and pursue stand up paddleboarding. Hot air ballooning is another sightseeing option by air.