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Have you ever dreamed of taking a rafting trip down the Colorado River?
Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River definitely makes the bucket list in our family. However, you need to be clear which part of the Colorado River on which you want to do Colorado River rafting. We learned this lesson our Adventures by Disney trip to the Southwest.
Rafting the Colorado River
The Colorado River travels 1,450 miles through the Southwestern United States. Most people that want to raft the Colorado River think of rafting in the Grand Canyon National Park.
The section of the Colorado River that winds through the Grand Canyon contains actual whitewater. This is more white water for Grand Canyon rafting.
The section we rafted through Moab does not contain actual whitewater. Well, there were claims of class 2 rapids in one location. That’s stretching the definition of whitewater, a bit. This was more of a canoe trip down a river vs a rafting tour.
Rafting the Colorado River in Moab, Utah
In order to increase the excitement on the Colorado River in Moab, we engaged in cross-raft splash battles.
With the lack of whitewater, the Colorado River also moves more slowly in Moab than it would through the Grand Canyon. This means rafting the river took us about 2 or 3 hours, depending on how far we decided to raft. It was a mini day trip. Definitely plan on a half day vs a full day for a whitewater rafting trip.
Rafting Colorado River: A Review
We had a good time on the raft trip down the Colorado River in Moab. It was a bit slow and boring, but our ABD (Adventures By Disney) guides made the experience more exciting with the cross-raft battles.
It was Hunter’s first time going whitewater rafting and even she thought it was a bit boring. We’re used to a little more exciting whitewater in the Southeastern US. Typically, we start kids off on the Nantahala River.
If it was not part of the ABD itinerary, we probably would have skipped rafting the Colorado River rafting experience and instead gone for jet boating down the Colorado.