Rafting the Green River in Utah with OARS

Utah River Rafting

OARS rafts during a stop along the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.

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Whether you’re looking for a memorable family adventure, the rush of whitewater, or the solace of nature, you’ll find it all on an OARS river rafting adventure in Utah. With outposts in Vernal and Moab, OARS offers an unbeatable selection of rafting trips on the Yampa, Green, San Juan, and Colorado Rivers. From the big water of Cataract Canyon to the splashy fun of Flaming Gorge, OARS specializes in high-quality river trips meant for every level of adventurer.

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Landscape view of the Yampa River in Utah.

Yampa River Rafting

4 or 5 Days 4.92 (53)

Location: Colorado & Utah
Adventure Level: Moderately Challenging
Minimum Age: 7 (10 – 12 during high water)


Frequently Asked Questions

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Where does OARS operate in Utah?

OARS has boathouses in Moab near Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park and in Vernal near Dinosaur National Monument. We run trips on the Colorado River, Green River, San Juan River, and the Yampa River.

What Utah river rafting trip has the best whitewater?

For a few precious weeks every spring, rafting Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park offers some of the biggest whitewater in North America. If you’re looking for big adventure, this is it. High-water Cataract Canyon trips, when snowmelt from the Rockies is running strong, offer up some of the biggest and most exciting whitewater in the U.S. For the rest of the season, the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon offers more moderate adventure, suitable for first-timers and families with kids as young as seven. Shorter action-packed itineraries include our 2-day Westwater Canyon trip and our Split Mountain 1-day trip, both of which offer great whitewater, especially in the spring.

Are there any one-day rafting trips in Utah?

Experience Class II-III rapids on a classic whitewater run— the Green River through Split Mountain Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument. This trip runs daily from May through September and includes approximately nine river miles and an ideal blend of interesting geologic scenery, as well as playful, splashy whitewater.

What whitewater dory trips are available in Utah?

OARS uses dories on the John Wesley Powell Retrace. While we offer this trip as a complete 23-day experience from Flaming Gorge through to Hite Crossing on Lake Powell, you can opt to partake in either the upper or lower sections, as well. OARS also uses dories on select Cataract Canyon trips. Depending on water levels and group size, we may also bring a dory or two on the Green River through Desolation Canyon and on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon.

Why raft with OARS in Utah?

OARS sets the industry standard for high-quality service and excellence in adventure. We have led more than 500,000 guests to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, never losing sight of one of our foremost goals: to make the joys of the wilderness accessible to everyone—no matter how experienced. Our guides are safety-conscious with extensive experience, and our team of friendly and knowledgeable Adventure Consultants are available year-round to answer your calls and help plan your Utah rafting vacation.

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OARS rafts parked on the Colorado River in Utah

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