Get ready to feel the rush of excitement as the temperatures soar in Southern Utah, transforming the winter snow into gushing rivers and waterways. These natural wonders have sculpted one of the most awe-inspiring features we adore about our beloved parks – the epic canyons! And what better way to explore the very heart of these Mighty 5 canyons than with a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure? Brace yourself for a shortlist of epic river journeys that promise jaw-dropping sights, exhilarating rapids, and boundless recreation.
Our Top Picks for Rafting Thrills in Southern Utah:
Virgin River: Unleash the Wild! Feel the untamed spirit of the Virgin River as it winds its way through the majestic Zion National Park. This wild river flows freely in the spring, nourished by the snowpack runoff from the surrounding mountains. Prepare for a heart-pounding expedition that takes you through the breathtaking red stone Virgin River Gorge and delivers thrilling whitewater stages. Your pulse will race as you conquer the rapids and soak in the mesmerizing beauty that surrounds you.
Book with Zion Outfitter and gear up for an unforgettable ride starting near the Zion National Park visitor center (at the south entrance).
Cataract Canyon: A Crown Jewel Adventure! Embark on the ultimate 5-6 day journey into the depths of Canyonlands National Park. Cataract Canyon, a true gem of Utah’s river rafting trips, treats you to 46 miles of sheer wonder along the Colorado River. Marvel at hidden canyon grottos, ancient Pueblo ruins, majestic waterfalls, and stunning rock formations that will leave you in awe. This epic odyssey promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where every bend in the river reveals new secrets of nature.
Choose Holiday River Expeditions or Mild2Wild Rafting and begin your grand adventure through this mesmerizing canyon wonderland.
Sevier River: Fun for the Whole Family! Calling all families seeking thrills and excitement! The Sevier River, located southwest of Bryce Canyon National Park, offers a perfect day trip suitable for adventurers of all ages. Brace yourself for class 2 and 3 whitewater action that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. As you journey through valleys and steep canyons, keep an eye out for native wildlife like majestic eagles, graceful deer, playful beavers, sneaky muskrats, and perhaps even the elusive cougars.
Reserve your 2-hour trip with Always Rafting and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Classic National Parks Adventure
For an unforgettable classic National Parks experience, look no further than whitewater rafting. Experience high water excitement in May and June, or enjoy more moderate flows from July through September. But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Many outfitters offer ATV or horseback riding as a package deal, giving you the ultimate action-packed itinerary to explore the untamed beauty of Southern Utah.
So, dear adventurers, let the wild rivers of Southern Utah carry you on a journey of a lifetime. Dive into the heart of nature’s masterpiece, conquer the rapids, and immerse yourself in the stunning vistas that only our Mighty 5 canyons can provide. The thrill awaits, so pack your sense of adventure, and let the whitewater rafting escapades begin!