Prime Paddling on the Colorado

Practicalities
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  • For a list of tour operators running trips on the Colorado see GORPtravel Southwest Paddling.
  • The Utah River Forecast Center issues daily reports on river levels throughout the state, (801) 539-1311.
  • Permits are not required to float Ruby and Horsethief Canyons between Loma, Colorado, and the Westwater launch site in Utah. For more information and river regulations, contact:

Bureau of Land Management
Grand Junction Field Office

2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 244-3000

Permits are required to float the 17 miles of technical whitewater from the Westwater Ranger Station to Cisco Landing. Lottery applications for a given year are accepted starting the first business day of January. For information, contact:

Westwater River Permits
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office

82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-7012

Permits are not required to float between Cisco Landing and Potash. The river is monitored by the Bureau of Land Management. For information and river regulations, contact:

Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office

82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-2100

Permits are required to float the 70 miles of Cataract Canyon from Potash to Lake Powell. The float includes 20 miles of the biggest whitewater upstream of the Grand Canyon. Applications are accepted for a given year starting the first business day in January. For information, contact:

Canyonlands National Park
Cataract Canyon Permits

2282 S. West Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532-8000
(435) 259-4351

To arrange vehicle shuttles for Cataract Canyon trips, call Hite Marina at (435) 684-2278.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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