Colorado Riverway

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From mild to wild, Moab has an abundance of river recreation opportunities available to suit any taste.

Utah's Colorado Riverway is a scenic wonderland of colorful cliffs, river-carved canyons, lush bottom lands, and massive sandstone spires. Utah Scenic Byways 128 and 279, just north of Moab, parallel the river for many miles.


Picnic Facilities
Picnic facilities are available along Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128) at Lion's Park, Big Bend Recreation Site, and Hittle Bottom. No permits or fees are required for day use at these sites.


Hiking Trails

Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128):

Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-279):

Kane Creek Road:

Details of these hiking trails are available on our BLM (Public) Lands page.


River Trips

While our area is known for its family oriented whitewater trips on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River, there are several wilder single and multi-day trips available in Westwater and Cataract Canyons.  Additionally, canoes and kayaks are the perfect way to explore the calm water segments of the Colorado. Individuals or groups may raft the river on their own or with a professional river outfitter.

Suggested Trips

Half-Day
A morning or afternoon rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. This mild rafting trip is suitable for everyone from children (40 lbs) to senior citizens willing to get their feet wet. If you don't want to get wet, consider a morning or afternoon calm water jetboat tour on the Colorado River. These relaxing trips are perfect for photographers and families with toddlers and senior citizens.

Full Day
A mild full day rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River is suitable for everyone from children (40 lbs) to senior citizens willing to get their feet wet. For a wilder adventure consider a whitewater trip in Cataract or Westwater Canyons. Those with river navigation skills can rent their own canoe, raft or kayak and do a self guided trip.

Several Days
Camp on the river bank on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado, or in Westwater or Cataract Canyons. Camp more nights to experience a non-motorized Cataract Canyon river trip, a canoe trip on the Green River, or consider rafting with Moab's Outfitters on the nearby San Juan River or in Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River.

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