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“Westwater Rafting Trip/Adrift Adventures/Moab Utah”
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Westwater Canyon
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Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab
Ranked #729 of 1,086 things to do in Utah
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Owner description: Nestled deep in sandstone cliffs, this canyon provides an excellent whitewater rafting experience.
Helena, Montana
1 review
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“Westwater Rafting Trip/Adrift Adventures/Moab Utah”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We have gone on many raft trips and this experience was a let down. I spoke with owner of Adrift Adventures and was falsely misled on this white water trip. Poorly run fly by the seat of your pants operation. Pricey!! Cold day with not enough wetsuits for everyone(I had to wear a childs size which had no hip compensation!!) The ride to put in spot took over 2 hours which we were told took about an hour! Rapids were just ok nothing to write home about and a 2 hour paddle at the end of trip....would not book with this business again.
One good thing...the guides were great!

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Westwater Rafting Trip/Moab Adventure Center”
Reviewed May 31, 2011

My husband and I spent a week in Moab and did the 1-day Westwater Rafting trip that we booked through Moab Adventure Center. I was a bit nervous since I'm not a huge fan of water and we were going to be out on Class III and IV rapids but the trip was AMAZING! The drive to the Westwater area takes about 1.5 hours so we got to see other parts of Utah. Our guide Amy was friendly, funny, shared her knowledge of the area, and did a great job teaching us what to do. The rapids were exciting and I left wanting to do another trip one day soon. Definitely pack waterproof jacket and pants if you go early in the season since you get soaked with very cold water.

Visited May 2011
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Santa Rosa, California
Level 6 Contributor
79 reviews
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“Exciting Westwater Canyon Whitewater Trip”
Reviewed June 27, 2008

The Colorado River was high this year, due to a late spring snowmelt in Utah and Colorado. During the week I chose for a river trip with my daughter, the water flow was at 30,000 cfs. Our guides from Canyonlands Field Institute (Moab, UT) assured us that although the level was high, the trip was still doable. In fact, some of the famous stretches of rapids turned out to be what they call "washed out," which just means that the rocks that often snag rafts were hidden under tons of brown, boiling water. There were still sections with waves and troughs in every direction, giving us an exciting ride as we passengers shifted to the "high side" of the boat, riding up and over the tops of the waves. Well equipped with wet suits, life jackets, and plenty of pre-trip safety instructions, we rode through rapids with names like Skull and Sock It To Me with whoops and hollers of delight.

We camped at the river's edge for one night, which just happened to be Solstice eve. The sandstone walls echoed the rush of the river as we ate delicious meals cooked by the staff members, and participated in some environmentally-conscious camp activities. We felt well-prepared for the rapids, and also learned how to spot unique wildlife, historic artifacts, and geological features whenever the river slowed down and we could look beyond the next set of waves. While this trip could be done in one day, taking two days and staying overnight provided plenty of time to savor the experience. A great introduction to the Colorado River!

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Dell Rapids, SD
Level 2 Contributor
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“Exciting, but brief”
Reviewed July 11, 2007

We took a guided whitewater rafting trip from near Loma, CO to near Cisco, UT on the Colorado River. On the CO side it was pretty tame. Once we got to Westwater Canyon on the UT side it got pretty wild. Basically there are several short, rough rapids in Westwater Canyon. Don't expect non-stop action because the rapids don't last long and then it is tame again. Choose this section of the river if you want a quick wild trip. Don't choose this trip if you are expecting constant action throughout the day. The scenery was great and the rapids were a blast while they lasted. We took a two day trip, but if you are going for the whitewater I would suggest a one day trip starting from the ranger station on the UT side near the state border.

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