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Return of High Water to Utah’s Cataract Canyon Promises Some of the Best Rafting of the Year

ANGELS CAMP, CA, June 10, 2014 – Good news for rafting enthusiasts. High water on the Colorado River through Utah’s Cataract Canyon is back, reports O.A.R.S., the worldwide leader in whitewater rafting with river trips throughout the West.

This month, rafters in Cataract Canyon will experience the biggest whitewater in North America, promises Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. (http://www.oars.com/) spokesperson. Since June 1st the Colorado River has maintained a flow of at or near 50,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) through the heart of Canyonlands National Park—flows above 30,000 CFS are typically considered high water in Cataract Canyon and during the previous two seasons, flows on the Colorado barely reached 24,000 CFS.

The Colorado River through Cataract Canyon is one of the West’s most iconic whitewater rafting rivers, offering some of the continent’s biggest and most challenging rapids—even for seasoned river guides. Last week, with rising temperatures, the river may have hit its peak flow for the year of 56,000 CFS, but thanks to above average snowpack and cool spring temperatures in the Rockies, outfitters are expecting an extended high-water season this year. As of June 9th, snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin was still showing at 166% of average. O.A.R.S. anticipates high-water flows at least through the end of June and possibly into July this year.

“After two low-water years, the water has risen into the mythical range of the mid-fifty thousand cubic feet per second. What does this mean? It means that Cataract is at that level where the rapids are at the highest and steepest and when legendary stories are made. Rapid 7 becomes the North Sea where its third wave can reach heights of over 20 feet! It is the time when rapids #13 through #19 turn into the famous Mile Longs. Rapids Big Drop II and III (two of the top ten biggest rapids of North America) are at the peak of their size,” explained O.A.R.S. Utah Manager, Steve Kenney. “The speed of the current also quickens our time on the water allowing us to do more extensive hikes, with plenty of time to relax in camp with a great meal and to enjoy all of the beauty of this incredible canyon!”

O.A.R.S. has raised their minimum age for trips in Cataract Canyon to 14 during the highest water expected during mid-June, advising travelers with young children to join trips later in the season or on other rivers. O.A.R.S., along with most other outfitters, will also provide motorized support on all high water Cataract Canyon trips to help facilitate a rescue if necessary.

O.A.R.S. offers regularly scheduled departures on Sundays and Tuesdays from Moab, UT. Four- and six-day trips in Cataract Canyon trips start at $1529 per person, inclusive of a scenic return flight over Canyonlands National Park, all camping and rafting equipment, professional river guides, deluxe camping meals and more.

For more information, questions, availability, reservations or a copy of the 2014 O.A.R.S. Adventures catalog call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email info@oars.com, or visit: http://www.oars.com/.


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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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