Cataract is an old fashioned word for waterfall - so you are headed down "Waterfall Canyon" from the safety of a professionally guided woman-powered boat. This section of the Colorado river is a perfect place for beginners or more experienced paddlers - there is something for everyone. This trip is suitable for any woman who is a confident and comfortable swimmer who is enchanted by the magnificent southwest desert. Spend your days basking in the sun on the boat, learning about the geology and history of the red rock canyons as you float peacefully by. After a day or two of learning the rhythms of the river, get your fill of adrenaline through more than 30 white water rapids with names like Mile Long, Ben Hurt and The Big Drop. This stretch is a natural rollercoaster sure to splash a smile onto your face! Spend your nights in the company of new friends trading stories and eating hearty meals. Sleep out under the endless Utah sky or curl up in a cozy two person tent. Spend the last night back in Moab with the comfort of a hot shower and a celebratory farewell dinner. Maximum group size: 19
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This trip is suitable for any healthy, active woman with good mobility who wants a whitewater rafting trip. The rafts are paddled by certified river guides so you can sit back and enjoy the ride, or try your hand at paddling in a "ducky" (inflatable kayak) or stand up paddle-board. You must have sufficient agility to get in and out of rafts in moving water. No previous rafting or hiking experience is required. All hikes are optional and range from easy strolls to strenuous hikes with significant inclines and declines. While this trip is suitable for a variety of fitness levels, you will have the best time of engaging in all activities if you are prepared for a level 2 trip. Rating:    4 5.
The Cataract Canyon trip down the Colorado River and through the heart of Utah's Canyonland National Park allows you to experience some of the best adventure in the American Southwest. While on the river, the guides wake around 6:00 a.m. to make coffee and begin breakfast preparation. After breakfast, you'll pack up your gear and carry it down to the rafts. While you’re packing your things, the guides are packing up the kitchen, and the groover - the toilet system. Most days you'll push off the beach around 9 a.m. During the day, as weather and conditions permit, you'll make stops to go on short or long hikes to check out various attractions. Some days (especially when it’s hot) we may go on just one short hike, and spend most of our time on the river, moving downstream, swimming, and playing with inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Other days we’ll make multiple stops to scout significant rapids. We could travel anywhere from 4 to 24 (or occasionally more) river miles in a single day. Lunch is typically served around midday, usually on shore, but occasionally all our rafts will be tied together for a “floating lunch” on the boats. In the evenings, the guides will set up the kitchen and baño, and maybe play a round of horseshoes with you before starting, serving, and cleaning up dinner. Stay up as late as you want, or hit the tent early and enjoy a good book, a campfire, or contemplating the stars.
We will spend the first and last night in modern lodging in Moab, Utah with hot showers and beds. The rest of our nights will be spent camping on sandy river banks, either out in the open or in comfortable two person tents. There are no showers or formal bathrooms while on the river but each day our guides will set up a "groover" or a portable and private river toilet. We will practice Leave No Trace ethics which means the guides will pack out all of the waste in the leakproof and airtight containers.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. My traveling companions were wonderful. Our river guides were fantastic.
Scenery, AGC guide Sharon, Holiday guide Susan
GO!! If you’re comfortable on the water, enjoy sleeping under the stars, want to see an amazing part of our world, while floating down a river, all in the company of interesting women and amazing guides, this is your trip.
Spending time disconnected, enjoying the beauty of the Canyons - great weather, great company fabulous time
All women travelers and river guides.
Scenery, great guides from Holiday, hiking in Canyonlands. Lastly, fantastic group of women to share this experience.
To be able to unplug from civilization for a few days. To really enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the canyons, the river and the night sky.
the trip itself was great the guides from Holliday were amazing this trip really did not need an age guide
Solitude in the canyons, leaving life behind at the put in, disconnecting completely. Peace and pure quiet. Super nice and fun group of women.
The scenery, out in nature, the awesome river guides, good food, the night sky, co-travelers.
I was taking this trip because it would enable me to be with my long time good friend who I don’t see all the time..