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Colorado River the Course in Canyonlands During the National Park's 50th Anniversary

Get educated about the Green and Colorado Rivers that join at the Confluence in Canyonlands National Park. Go celebrate the park's 50 th Anniversary with a river excursion this 2014.

Moab, UT, May 21, 2014 --( Stroll along it, Roll by it, Row it. The Colorado River flowing through Utah has 147 miles of unchecked flow before emptying into Lake Powell. Rafting has premiered scores of years upon this Utah section of river.

The Colorado River, famous in Grand Canyon also, has three prominent sections rafted in Utah. The river is a high volume waterway. Trips are regularly rowed by a boatman allowing vacationers to kick back and relax. For a paddle experience, people add an inflatable kayak to the trip. The kayak is buoyant and adds a degree of difficulty as a person must negotiate rapids under the supervision and advice of the guide.

National Geographic identified Westwater Canyon, as the jewel of the west. This section of the Colorado River is near the Colorado – Utah border and provides whitewater action. The Professor Valley section of the Colorado River is close to town and is affectionately called the daily, since it embarks each day of the tourism season. It is affordable for families and appropriate for youngsters and oldsters alike. Cataract Canyon section is a hundred mile trip downstream of Moab emptying into Lake Powell. Participants get Grand Canyon style rapids without the Grand price tag. Because it is a longer trip, there are leisurely hikes to Cultural sites enveloped in the side canyons along the way to explore in Canyonlands National Park’s Cataract Canyon.

Trails Grant money enabled a cantilevered pathway to parallel the Colorado River just upstream of the Moab Utah Valley containing town. Since snow has melted, pedestrians and bicyclists have been utilizing the new 2014 segment. Families with training wheels and jogger buggies have taken to the scenic quality of this fresh paved pathway serving Moab.

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding can be undertaken in the accessible river zone near Moab. Participants can rent boards for a do-it-yourself experience or hire a guided trip that includes the shuttle. Also, more competitive folks can anticipate a new annual event the Back of Beyond SUP Race to take place each May.

The Green River, which has deeper history with noted exploration first by John Wesley Powell in 1869, meets the Colorado River at the Confluence in Canyonlands National Park. The Green River delivers rafting and canoeing trips. While the Colorado River parallels Scenic Byway 128 in plain sight for most of its miles, most of the Green River corridor is out of sight and out of mind. Out on the Green River, canoes are commonly floating, navigated by groups camping and exploring the side canyons along the way. Vehicle shuttles can be completed for Labyrinth Canyon’s 68 miles from Green River State Park to the Mineral Bottom access. Or a jetboat can be contracted to roof rack canoes and carry passengers and gear out of Canyonlands National Park. That is a 52 mile stretch of the Green River from Mineral Bottom to the Confluence of the Green with the Colorado River. For adventurers with time, the whole 120 mile trip is fabulous. Canyonlands National Park does require a flat water river permit for backcountry use into the park.

Get help evaluating the possibilities for your own activity level during a visit to Moab Utah. Phone 800-635-6622, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM MST for personal assistance through the Moab Travel Council.
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