Boating and River Expeditions in Arches National Park
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Boating and River Expeditions
Although the Colorado River runs along the border of the park, there is no boating within the park proper. You can, however, enjoy a splashy ride nearby on the Fisher Towers stretch of the river near Moab, and there are plenty of fine outfitters in Moab that can set you up for expeditions.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Canyon Voyages Adventure Co.. Since 1991, Canyon Voyages has been an excellent choice for rafting or kayaking adventures on the Colorado or Green rivers. Don and Denise Oblak run a friendly, professional company that's open year-round. While the majority of their customers take one-day trips, they also offer multiday itineraries, guided tours, and rentals. It's also the only company that operates a kayak school for those who want to learn how to run the rapids on their own. Ask about stand-up paddleboarding, biking, and horseback riding, too. Inside the booking office is a great shop that sells outdoor essentials, including clothing, hats, footwear, and backpacks. 211 N. Main St., Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–6007 or 800/733–6007. www.canyonvoyages.com.
Holiday River Expeditions. Since 1966, Holiday River Expeditions has offered one- to eight-day adventures on the Green and Colorado rivers, including inside Canyonlands National Park. Located behind the Comfort Inn in Green River, they also offer multisport trips, women's retreats, and bike adventures including the White Rim Trail. 2075 E. Main St., Green River, UT, 84525. 435/564–3273 or 800/624–6323. www.bikeraft.com.
Tex's Riverways. The knowledgeable folks at Tex's Riverways shuttle hikers and boaters up, down, to, and from the Green and Colorado rivers. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and gear from coolers to portable toilets (which are required on Utah rivers) for your backpacking or river adventure. Friendly expert advice based on more than 50 years of experience is included, but Tex's doesn't do guided tours. 691 N. 500 W, Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–5101 or 877/662–2839. www.texsriverways.com.
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