The Green and Colorado Rivers flow smoothly through their canyons to a confluence in the heart of the park. Canoes, kayaks, rafts, and shallow-draft power boats can navigate these rivers to the confluence, taking two to nine days depending on which river and launch points are used. Although not difficult, the trips require careful preparation because of the remote conditions. The park website lists the permit details and other requirements. For the return, you can charter a jet boat from Moab to meet you at the confluence and take you to a dock upriver on the Colorado River.
From the confluence, the Colorado River picks up speed, then roars through a long series of rapids up to Class V in Cataract Canyon before entering Lake Powell. Take-out is near Hite, two to three days below the confluence. This section of river requires experience and gear for serious whitewater, as well as a permit. Taking a commercial rafting trip is the easiest way to do the trip.
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- Adventure companies in Moab offer a variety of day and multi-day boat trips on the Green and Colorado Rivers in the park.
- Water levels greatly affect the character of the river and its rapids, so it's important to check conditions just before your trip.
- All of the launch ramps are outside Canyonlands National Park. Launch locations on the Green River include Green River State Park, Ruby Ranch, and Mineral Bottom. On the Colorado, boaters commonly use the Potash or Moab ramps.
Canyonlands National Park
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, Utah 84532
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