Utah > Ultimate Southwest Adventure Vacation

Ultimate Southwest Adventure Vacation

6 Days from $2698
Trip Highlights
  • Cataract Canyon rafting through Canyonlands National Park
  • Brown Betty, Mile Long, Capsize and Big Drop Rapids
  • Two nights at Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa
  • Guided 4X4 tour & horseback riding
  • Close to Moab biking & hiking trails
Reserve This Trip

(2 reviews)

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 Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

Call Toll Free: 800-346-6277 or enter the month and year you want to go on this trip.
The season runs April - October.

Travel Months *
April May June
July August September

Please Select...

Note: Form will expand...

Departure Dates

Select Tuesdays April through October

Meeting Place
Gonzo Inn 100 West 200 South Street in Moab, Utah

$2698* to $2898

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Deposit: $250

Single Supplement: $528

Additional Costs: Prices include an optional $137 per person transportation package for a flight from the take-out back to Moab. This charge can be deleted if another option is arranged.

Prices subject to National Park Service Approval

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III - V7 (16 during high water)
You may also be interested in...

Ultimate Southwest Adventure Vacation in Utah - Overview

Download Itinerary

Spend four days rafting and hiking through glorious Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River in Utah, then check in at Southern Utah’s only 4-diamond property, the Sorrel River Ranch Resort for the ultimate southwest vacation adventure in the U.S.!

Located seventeen miles upriver from Moab, O.A.R.S. guests can take advantage of the resort’s isolation, yet stay close to Moab area attractions such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Moab hiking and mountain biking trails. The ranch house and rooms exude western hospitality and are a perfect retreat after a day of adventure. The resort is also home to some of Moab’s finest dining, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, basketball court, and horseback riding. The land immediately surrounding the ranch is truly spectacular and affords riders dramatic canyons, desert washes and trails meandering below red rock spires. At the end of the day, kick off your boots and soak in the hydrotherapy tub to work out any kinks and realize isolation has its perks.

Ultimate Southwest Adventure Vacation - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Scenic drive from adventure gateway, Moab, Utah to our put-in at Potash
  • The first 50 miles of your Cataract Canyon rafting trip, which is motorized, will acquaint your senses with a land of looming sandstone and peaceful rugged beauty first explored by John Wesley Powell in 1869
  • Lathrop Ruin and ancient pictographs of solstice calendar
  • Float past Pyramid Butte, the mighty Goose Neck and Dead Horse Point (immortalized in the movie Thelma and Louise)
  • Meet the confluence of the Green River where Cataract Canyon begins, hinting at the whitewater to come
  • Major rapids begin at Spanish Bottom where it is possible to see a fading 1893 inscription from the steamer, Major Powell
  • Challenge Brown Betty, Mile Long, Capsize and the legendary Big Drop Rapids
  • Enter Lake Powell at Hite and enjoy scenic flight back to Moab and check into Sorrel River Ranch
  • Travel to Arches and Canyonlands national parks for a backcountry hiking tour through miles of terrain unseen by most visitors. Observe the area’s more famous landmarks, such as Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock
  • Explore in true western style with a guided horseback ride in the same area John Wayne rode through 50 years ago while making his famous Old West films
  • Relax by the pool or take a hike in the beautiful red rock country

Note: Trip prices include an optional $137/person transportation package for a flight from the take-out back to Moab that you may delete if you prefer another option. Please contact our office for details.

Authorized Concessioner

O.A.R.S. Canyonlands, Inc.is
an authorized concessioner of
Arches & Canyonlands National

O.A.R.S. is proud to donate 1% of sales from this trip to the National
Park Foundation to help protect our parks and get more kids outside!

Reserve This Trip
  • Legend
  • Directions

Enter your starting city

Mouseover icons on map for description. Click on GREEN icons for photos, video and more. Click and drag map to navigate or use navigation tools in upper left of map window.
Destination River Meeting Parking Rapid Point of Interest Camp Put-in Take-out
Basic Content
Enhanced Content
  • Trip Reviews
  • |
  • Testimonials
  • |
  • Write a Review

“I thought the variety of things to do (rafting, camping, hiking, horseback, going to national parks, etc.) was great and made the trip appealing to everyone. Sorrel is a lovely facility… the accommodations were excellent.”
Virginia Besthoff ~ New Orleans, LA

“Of course, the beautiful location was a plus, but the guides were what made this experience so wonderful! They were so helpful to our group of women… many of us had never even put up tents before, much less peed on the riverbank. . .They made great food and coffee and had so much knowledge to share with us, from riverside landmarks & how to read the water, to things to do in Moab and areas to explore when we come back another time.”
Kim Kosmatka ~ Marshfield, WI

“Staff were superb. Gorgeous scenery. Very good food.”
Jenny Urquhart ~ Marshfield, WI

“Our guides were so knowledgeable, very environmentally aware & concerned that each of us be aware of the many issues facing the West. Without being political, they were great sources of information and brought up some very interesting issues”
Lynn Deuser ~ Marshfield, WI

Ultimate Southwest Vacation - 6 Days Trip Planner

Trip Documents


Travel Insurance

Relevant Links

Local Weather & Current Conditions

Weather in the Moab area

Average Temperatures
Month High Low
April 73° 42°
May 84° 50°
June 95° 58°
July 100° 64°
August 98° 63°
September 90° 53°
Water Temperatures
Seasonal Average: 68°

Sign up for ENews

Get news, special offers and fascinating articles with the Watermark enewsletter

First Name

Last Name

E-mail Address

Note: All fields are required




Gift Cards


Sister Sites

Join us

Company Info

O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
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.
O.A.R.S. Companies Inc.,
PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222