Moab Canyoneering

Moab Canyoneering

Moab Canyoneering routes are all about fun. The landscape surrounding Moab, Utah holds wonderful surprises for those with a sense of adventure. Beautiful water carved canyons inaccessible without technical skills, await your discovery. Since 2004 our professional AMGA certified SPI’s have been introducing people to these amazing Moab Canyoneering routes. We back up every rappel on a separate safety system so these trips are for anyone with a bit of fitness and a sense of adventure.

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Morning Glory aka Ephedra’s Grotto – Most popular!

Moab Canyoneering with Red River Adventures

  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Days – 1/2
  • Length – 3 miles
  • Number of Rappels – 2 (95′ and 120′)
  • Minimum age – 8
  • Meets – 7:30 AM (PM trips available by request)
  • Adults $105|Youth $90

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This 3 mile adventure is only made possible by doing two of the areas best rappels and a bit of scrambling. A step up from your typical hike, yet doable by almost anyone with the help of our incredible guides.

A short hike across petrified sand dunes will get us to the first of our two rappels (90′), a stunning drop in to a classic, water carved, sandstone chamber and the very heart of the Colorado plateau. From here we exit this amazing room through a small slot, short section of scrambling and a short walk to our second spectacular free hanging rappel (120′). This rappel affords us an up close and personal look at the 243′ long Morning Glory Arch, which is only feet away from our rappel station.

A downhill hike out to the Colorado River along a cool, spring fed stream gives our canyoneering guides an opportunity to discuss wildlife, plants, geology, local history and more.

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Chamisa Canyon – Guides choice!

Moab's Chamisa Canyon

  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Days – 1/2
  • Length – 2.5 miles
  • Number of Rappels – 2 (10′ and 90′)
  • Minimum age – 8
  • Meets – 7:30 AM (PM trips available by request)
  • Adults $105|Youth $90

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Tight and technical; this route has potholes, some easy scrambling, rappelling, lots of wading and sometimes a short swim thrown in for fun. This trip is a favorite of our guides. Exploring this water carved sandstone slot canyon is a “cool” thing to do for summer fun.

Morning Glory has the BIG rappels Chamisa’s draw is the “interesting” nature of the hiking and the water! A great option for a hot day! A real taste of what a water carved Utah canyon is about the twists, turns and slides are the attraction to this route.

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Rock of Ages – Our longest route

Utah Canyoneering

  • Difficulty – Moderate to hard
  • Days – 3/4 or 6 hours
  • Length – 5 miles
  • Number of Rappels – 3 (170′ 100″ and 50′)
  • Minimum age – 12
  • Meets – 7:30 AM (PM trips available by request)
  • Adults $150|Youth $140

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Moab Canyoneering at it’s best this route features 3 rappels a tight “slot”, potholes, some easy scrambling, views of seldom seen arches, ancient ruins and pictographs. A hike through this route is will leave memories that will last a lifetime.

This route is a step up in distance from our Morning Glory or Chamisa Canyon routes but well worth it if the distance is something your used to. Always a thriller and a favorite of our guides.

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Rim to River – 1 day Raft and Canyoneer
A Red River Exclusive!!!

  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Class – II/III – Class III during May/June, Class II before/after
  • Days – 1
  • Length – 3 miles of Hiking|7 miles Rafting|7 hours (actual duration varies)
  • # of Rappels – 2 (95′ and 120′)
  • # of Rapids – 4
  • Minimum age – 8
  • Meets – 7:30 AM
  • Adults $175|Youth $150

Red River Adventures is the only company in town that does this trip!

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Spend an unforgettable day with Moab’s best guides by combining an AM Morning Glory canyoneering trip with an afternoon of rafting the 1/2 beautiful Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River.

The trip begins with a Morning Glory Canyoneering Trip, but instead of heading back to Moab, the adventure continues. At the end of the hike a waiting van and short ride bring you to the second half of a day your sure to remember for a long time! After a riverside lunch, you’ll spend the afternoon running rapids, splashing and swimming your way through the beautiful Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River.

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Fiery Furnace – Arches National Park – RIP

  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Days – 1/2
  • Length – 2+ miles of Hiking
  • Number of Rappels – 0
  • Minimum age – 8
  • Meets – NA
  • Adults |Youth

PLEASE NOTE! The NPS has decided that commercial guide service was no longer needed and will no longer permit companies like RRA to operate in the Fiery Furnace. We are sorry!

Moab Canyoneeing Photo Gallery

Photos are shot on the listed routes

Reviews

FAQ

TripAdvisor 5 Stars

Why Choose RRA? Red River Adventure's online reviews have consistently been excellent. Since 2003 no other company has received such high praise from guests. Water or land our clients rave about the quality of our guides, the depth of their knowledge, their ability to teach and most importantly, how incredibly fun they are. Still wondering who to book with our past guest comments make the decision easy!
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Your Safety is our number #1 concern

RRA has safely hosted 50,000+ kids and adults on our rafting, climbing and canyoneering trips. RRA guides are at a minimum state licensed, insured and hold first aid and CPR certifications. Many of our river guides hold additional certifications in swift water rescue and whitewater instruction. Our rock and canyoneering guides are AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructors.
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Quality Equipment

When running trips quality equipment is paramount. RRA replaces its equipment on a regular basis. This ensures all the gear required to keep you safe and having fun is in top-notch shape.
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Reputation

RRA has earned the reputation of a professionally ran, top quality guide service. We are a tight knit family run business. Once you adventure with RRA we guarantee you'll be back for more.
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Do I need a reservation

YES! To guarantee space on the trip of your choice, we recommend reservations, especially on holidays and summer weekends. In order to provide the type of trip the we have become known for we do limit the number of people on a launch and we do fill up. In addition a lot goes into the planning of a river trip, including scheduling of guides, drivers, packing lunch for full-day and lunch trips and ensuring that our equipment is always in top-notch condition. Make a reservation as soon as you have a good idea of when you want to raft with us and you'll avoid disappointment. Feel free to call us about reservations at any time @ 1-877-259-4046 or email.
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About Age Limitations

Youth Rate = 15 years and younger!
Adults = 16 years and up!
All participants on river trips are required to wear a Coast Guard approved floatation device (PFD). For Fisher Towers trips we use an age limit of 5 and kids must weight at least 40 Lbs. On Climbing and Canyoneering trips the limit is 8 years of age. Ask yourself, what kind of previous outdoor experience has the child had? Use your considered judgment on the child's preparedness. On the other end, folks well into their 70's have adventured with us.
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Which Trip to Choose

We are thrilled to have the ability to offer such a wide variety or trips. We also realize that this can create confusion. We are a fantastic resource and look forward to helping you choose the trip that is perfect for you and your group. Please feel free to call or email with any questions you might have, we love to help. Often after a brief conversation with one of our staff the the answers become clear.
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Where do we park/leave our things

There is plenty of secure parking on site at our offices. Valuables can be locked in your vehicles and will be perfectly safe for the duration of your trip. In addition we are more than happy to store anything that you may be extra concerned about in our offices while you are on the river.
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Are there bugs

Thankfully there are usually very few to no bugs on our trips. The we travel through some of the driest terrain on the planet so there is generally no standing water for bugs to breed in. At the same time the current in the main river section is too swift to allow for breeding. This being said sometimes there are gnats or mosquitoes.
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What to Bring

Red River Adventures tries to make your trip with us as easy as possible! What to bring is clearly outlined on the "what to pack" tab for each of our trips. We provide most, to all, necessary equipment for you to take part in our rock climbing, canyoneering and river trips. This includes all rock climbing and canyoneering equipment, boats and boating equipment, safety equipment, life jackets, guides, food, beverages, camping and kitchen equipment. In addition you are welcome to bring, or we can provide at NO ADDITIONAL COST, camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses. You simply bring your own personal clothing and gear. We will provide trip specific lists to assist you in bringing the right things.
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Where You Will Live and Sleep

A river trip is an outdoor experience and should be fun. There are no improved campgrounds along the river so we set up a portable sanitation facility each evening. It is very similar to an RV toilet except the view is much better and it doesn't flush. We provide hand washing stations and all dishes are done in a 4 step process ensuring complete sanitization. Previous camping experience is NOT required to participate in one of our trips, but you should be prepared and be comfortable with the idea of eating, sleeping, and living in the outdoors. Our guides are there to help and will provide as much or as little assistance as you wish to receive.
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What the Weather is Like

Be prepared for hot (75-110 F degrees) weather during June, July, and August. You can expect cooler temperatures (55-90 F degrees) during April, May, September, and October. August is usually the wettest month (short-lived but intense thunder showers).
April 73|42 May 84|50 June 85|58 July 101|64 Aug 98|63 Sept 89|53
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What You Will Eat

Most trips include all meals beginning with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day. No hot dogs and hamburgers here. Our menu includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, grilled meats and fish and even hot dutch oven desserts. Guests often remark that the food was remarkable and exceeded even their wildest expectations. Check out our Menu page for more details.
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About Swimming and Fishing

Swimming is as much a part of a great river trip as whitewater and cooking out. Guests are more than welcome to swim on all our river trips. There is no better place to be on a hot summer day than swimming alongside one of our rafts. Catfish and Carp are plentiful in the Colorado and Dolores Rivers, the kids often enjoy fishing when at camp.
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What Risks Are Involved

Red River Adventures has an unblemished safety record. We personally screen and train our employees vigorously each year. Each of our guides receives extensive instructions on safety, swift water rescue and first aid training. Our Climbing and Canyoneering guides are highly trained and many are AMGA certified. Our trips take place in rugged, remote "wilderness" settings. You should be in good general health to participate. Non-swimmers can go and are more than welcome. We provide Coast Guard approved life jackets for your safety.
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Beverages

We supply plenty of drinking water, lemonade, breakfast drinks, etc. on each trip.
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Alcohol Policy

Full and 1/2 Day Raft Trips: Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during trips. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to a scheduled trip. Multi-Day Raft Trips: Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during time on the river. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to river time. Alcohol may be consumed, in camp, on multi-day trips. Climbing/Canyoneering trips. Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during trips.
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Charter and Group Rates

Red River Adventures offers a group rate discount of 10% to groups of 10 or more. Additional rates reductions are available for school, club, church, or special-interest groups on some trips. We are happy to, when ever possible, customized trip lengths and itineraries. Please contact us for help in arranging your charter trip or for group rate information.
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What To Pack

Red River Adventures will provide all the technical equipment required to guide our listed Canyoneering routes. However guests are encouraged to bring their own gear, if they have it, on our canyoneering trips. Guides will inspect any personal equipment brought prior to use. In some instances there may be a required gear list. This will be distributed prior to your date.

What you should pack

  • Small day pack
  • 1-2 liter Water bottle | water (minimum)
  • Snacks
  • Shoes, sandals or anything you can hike in and don’t mind getting wet!
  • NOTE: Shoes or sandals will get wet and should be appropriate to hike 3.5 miles.

What we provide

  • AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructors
  • All technical equipment:
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Gloves
  • Free parking

General

  • Please NOTE!!!! There is a time change from AZ to UT. We are 1 hour ahead of AZ.
  • There is plenty of secure parking on site. Valuables are safe in your vehicle.
  • A credit card will prove handy for balances, t-shirts, ice cream, etc
  • At the end of all trips, we will return you to your starting location.
  • Guide gratuities are customary.

Reservations

Option #1 - Most of our Adventures can be booked by clicking the "Book Now" button for the trip you want.

Option #2 - For those trips that can't be booked online (no online calendar!) Call 1-877-259-4046
or Email us through our Contact Page

Reservations are HIGHLY recommended! Many dates sell out far in advance!
A refundable deposit of 1/3 of trip total is due to guarantee reservation.


Accepted Credit Cards

Cancellations

Full and 1/2 Day Trips

  • A refundable deposit of 1/3 of trip total is due to guarantee reservation.
  • Balance is due 7 days prior to departure.
  • Changes to trip type, numbers or date are FREE prior to 7 days before departure.
  • Complete cancellation prior to 7 days before departure subject to a $25 fee.
  • Complete cancellation after 7 days but prior to 48 hours before departure subject to a $10 per person fee.
  • NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.
Please Note: NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.

Dolores and multi-day Fisher Towers trips

  • A refundable deposit of 1/3 of trip total is due to guarantee reservation.
  • Balance is due 7 days prior to departure.
  • Changes to trip type, numbers or date are FREE prior to 7 days before departure.
  • Complete cancellation prior to 7 days before departure subject to a $25 fee.
  • Complete cancellations received less than 7 days before departure forfeit the deposit amount.
  • NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.
Please Note: NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.

General

RRA reserves the right to cancel any trip due to weather, insufficient bookings or any other circumstances beyond our control. RRA will make every effort to reschedule the date. Bookings that are unable to be rescheduled or are cancelled by RRA will receive a full refund.

Weather

Weather is part of the dynamic environment in which we operate. We may experience conditions that you do not consider ideal. If we determine that conditions are suitable for the activity you have booked and you instead wish to cancel/discontinue the trip, we will, whenever practical, end the trip at your request with no refund. If conditions are such that RRA deems it unwise to continue, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary, which may include, but may not be limited to, shortening of route or length of trip. We may also change venue or cancel the remainder of your trip. If, at time of cancellation, the trip is less than 1/2 complete, we will charge 50% of trip fee. If the trip is between 1/2 and completed, a full trip fee is charged.

Alcohol

Full and 1/2 Day Raft Trips: Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during trips. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to a scheduled trip. Multi-Day Raft Trips: Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during time on the river. No refund will be given to those drinking alcohol or using drugs prior to river time. Alcohol may be consumed, in camp, on multi-day trips. Climbing/Canyoneering trips. Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed before or during trips.