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Some Of The Best Petroglyphs In Moab

Top Petroglyph Sites to Visit in Moab, Utah

In the canyonlands of southern Utah lies the picturesque town of Moab, a traveler’s base for many extraordinary adventures that can be had nearby. A top reason to visit in this amazing part of the country is to explore the great abundance of rock art that the area holds. Many of our Moab canyoneering trips feature up close viewing, additional information about the sites and views of lesser known, hidden panels. Book a Moab canyoneering tour to see everything from dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs, and stunning arches up close and personal with a certified guide. The ancient rock artworks date from as early as 5500 BC. Here’s some information about some of the most popular rock art sites in this part of Utah and where to find petroglyphs in Moab.

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Arches National Park in 4 Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Arches National Park in 4 Seasons - Arches National Park Weather

The weather at Arches National Park does not shift as much as at parks in the more northern areas of the country, but the seasonal changes do become part of the experience for Utah visitors. Naturally, the heat in the parks farther north is less intense than in Arches during the hottest part of summer, from early July through mid-August. On the other hand, in winter, Utah’s gorgeous Arches park is not as cold as the parks farther north. So, what’s the best time of year to visit Arches National Park in Utah? (more…)

5 Top-Rated Moab, Utah Tours

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Welcome to Red River Adventures’ guide to the best Moab, Utah tours available! Moab is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering breathtaking landscapes, thrilling adventures, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a novice explorer, Moab has something for everyone. In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey through the top Moab tours that showcase the beauty and excitement the area has to offer. Get ready to discover the wonders of this majestic desert landscape! (more…)

The 6 Best Places to Eat in Moab — Our Favorite Places

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Discover the top places to eat with our five-star Moab dining guide. From the best places to eat in Moab to hidden gems, explore a variety of culinary delights. Whether you’re after local favorites or international cuisine, our guide ensures you find the best spots for a memorable dining experience in the area. Let’s dive into the ultimate foodie escapade – because good times in Moab start with great bites!
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Facts About the Dolores River in Moab Utah  

Facts About the Dolores River in Moab, Utah

People know a lot of things about the Dolores River. You may know it’s in the southwest area of Colorado. You might be aware that it flows about 250 miles from the San Miguel River, runs through the La Plata Mountains into plunging canyon depths, past the town of Dolores, through Paradox Valley. Finally, at Moab, it connects with the Colorado River. You may also assume that snow melt raises the river level in the spring too. But, did you know that by mid-summer, the river drops and its flow becomes a mere trickle?

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What to Wear River Rafting in Moab, Utah  

What to Wear River Rafting in Moab Utah

You’re riding the river under the perfect blue sky. It’s as good as life gets! But, only if you’ve made a few basic preparations, like taking the kinds of clothes and other river gear you need to bring. That can be the difference between a beautiful day of white water rafting at Moab and an uncomfortable, shivering and/or sunburned episode. So, good job doing your research by reading this information on what to wear rafting. Way to prepare for a great time out on the river!

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Where To Go Rock Climbing In Moab, Utah

Most Famous Rock Climbing Destinations in Utah.
Moab, Utah, is one of the world’s most famous rock climbing destinations. With seemingly countless options of monumental sandstone towers rising into the sky from the desert floor, the surreal landscape calls out to everyone with a desire for a climbing adventure. Ranging from the easiest to the most difficult, Moab desert towers offer many climbing routes for novices and seasoned climbers alike.

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20 Facts About Moab You Probably Didn’t Know  

Facts About Moab You Probably Didn't Know


The Moab area of southern Utah features some of the world’s most wondrous scenery and spectacular natural features on the planet. The experience of traversing the rugged and exotic Great Basin terrain surrounding Moab is something travelers remember forever. Interested in learning more about Moab before you embark on your exciting journey to the national parklands of southern Utah. Here are 20 fun facts you may not have known about Moab and this mesmerizing region of North America:

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How to Get the Most Out of Family Whitewater Rafting Utah

Plan Your Moab, Utah River Rafting Adventure Today!

Whether you’re planning for a half-day or multi-day Moab river rafting trip, your family will enjoy the float even more if everyone is fully prepared. Here at Red River Adventures, we want your family to get the most out of your Moab rafting trip with us. Here are some things you should know as your family plans your next float trip with us. (more…)

What You Need to Know for Your First Time White Water Rafting

What You Need To Know For Your First Time White Water Rafting

Whitewater rafting looks thrilling in the videos and pictures. It is a great recreational activity ideal for families at any skill level. Take in the breathtaking panoramas from Utah’s splendid rivers, in the expert care of your Red Rivers Adventures expert Moab river rafting guide. Below are some basics that are helpful to know on your first-time whitewater rafting in Moab, Utah.

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7 Things to Do on a Moab Family Vacation With Kids

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If you’re looking for fun and adventure while on a MElevate ab family vacation, look no further! With world-renowned hiking and biking trails, stunning red rock formations, and plenty of activities for kids, Moab is a great destination.

Your Guide to a Moab Family Vacation

Here’s a list of some excellent Moab family activities as well as hotel and dining options to help you build your itinerary for family fun and comfort. A great option for many families is to choose a guided tour so that you can leave the planning to a local! Keep reading for guided and do it yourself options!

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Top 5 Best Hikes in Moab, Utah

 

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If you’re looking for some of the best hikes in Moab, you’ve come to the right place. The splendor of Moab’s Great Wilderness draws thousands of nature lovers and adventure seekers to Utah every year. With its amazing hiking trails and breathtaking views, Moab is an unparalleled destination for nature lovers. The world-class terrain is something you will want to explore again and again!

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Tips for Taking Your Dog to Moab

Areas to Hike with Your Dog near Moab

Wondering if Moab is dog friendly? You’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with your four-legged friend, look no further than Moab, Utah. With its abundance of wide-open spaces and pet-friendly accommodations, Moab is the perfect place to explore with your pup. Here are a few tips to help make your trip as enjoyable as possible for both you and your furry friend. From dog friendly Moab, Utah hikes to dog friendly Moab restaurants this is your ultimate guide to dog friendly areas in Moab.

Moab, Utah Dog-Friendly Hikes

Local laws require dog leashes at all times, and they require you to keep your dog on marked trails. The hiking trails inside the national parks are off-limits for dogs, but there are Moab dog-friendly hikes within a short drive from downtown. Many hikes offer stunning arches and other geological formations that make Moab such a popular destination. Here are some great areas to hike with your dog near Moab:

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Top Things to Do on a Moab Family Vacation With Kids

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If you’re looking for fun and adventure while on a family vacation, look no further! With world-renowned hiking and biking trails, stunning red rock formations, and plenty of activities for kids, Moab is a great destination.

Your Guide to a Moab Family Vacation

Here’s a list of some excellent Moab family activities as well as hotel and dining options to help you build your itinerary for family fun and comfort. A great option for many families is to choose a guided tour so that you can leave the planning to a local! Keep reading for guided and do it yourself options!

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Moab Weather And More

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Ah the weather.
Ask me if I thought that I had to be a weather forecaster when I started Red River Adventures, and my answer would have been a resounding NO. That, however, is not the case. I am constantly asked about the weather. From ‘what’s it like in [month you’re visiting Moab here]’ to ‘will it rain tomorrow?’

As it turns out, the weather is a large part of what I talk about. I’ve got to admit that my weather geekiness goes quite deep, and back, in fact, to my childhood. I grew up on the East Coast and surfed. Weather systems are what make waves in the east, so early on, when not in the water, I could be found watching the Weather Channel and listening to the NOAA radio for the latest updates.

Now that I ski, climb, and raft, weather plays a huge role in what I do and when.

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4 Things You’ll Get From An Avalanche Class

Avalanche Course in Utah

Do you like to ski, snowboard, or snowmobile? Are you interested in getting into the backcountry skiing? If you answered yes, it is in your best interest to take an avalanche class. Being injured, or worse, maybe avoidable with proper avalanche training.
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Wildlife You Could See on Your Moab, Utah Rafting Trip

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One of the best ways to experience Moab is on a Moab rafting expedition. The white water rafting options on the Colorado River present a magnificent scenery adjacent to the Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. You could experience spectacular wildlife sightings during your Moab white water rafting trip. Our experienced guides at Red River Adventures can help you spot elusive wildlife making it an experience of a lifetime.

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Team Building with a Group Rafting Trip in Moab, Utah

Group Rafting Trip in Moab, Utah

If you are looking for a way to encourage team-building among your family members, friends, or coworkers, then this might take an extraordinary experience. One possible option is whitewater rafting. This is a fun, challenging, playful, and unique group activity that can help you bring everyone closer together. Most teams have gone through traditional team-building activities such as activities around a table or in a multi-purpose room. These can be awkward, frustrating, and boring. This is where whitewater rafting from Red River Adventures in Moab, Utah, can help you and your team come closer together! How can white water rafting Moab help you improve your teamwork?

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Skiing Hokkaido January 2020

Be sure and check out this 3 minute look into what powder skiing and travelling through Hokkaido is all about.

We’ll be retuning each January. Check out out our Japow page for details.

Thanks to Black Diamond, Blue Ice, Smith and Dakine for the support!
This would not be possible without the endless stoke and talent of Pat Clifford, PCEDITS.com

Skiing Hokkaido, the hunt for Japow!

We retuned to Hokkaido in January 2019 and it could not have been better. Unbelievably deep snow, great people, food and culture combine to make the trip something to remember for a lifetime.

Thanks to Black Diamond for the support and Pat Clifford, PCEDITS.com for shooting and countless hours in front of the computer to pull together this edit.

Indian Creek Clinic

Here’s a glimpse of the good times and amazing scenery that makes our Indian Creek climbing clinics so special.
Video by Big Beauty Pitches.

Asahidake deep Japow!

January 24th, 2019 will be remembered as the deepest day that most had ever seen!
Here’s a look at what Japow is all about!

Fisher Towers Rafting

Great for everyone 6 to 60! The Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River is the one day rafting trip to do!

Moab Rafting – Fisher Towers

The Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River is by far the most popular Moab rafting trip. More people laugh, splash and swim their way down this 14 mile piece of the Colorado River than any other stretch. The longer I am in this business the more I come to appreciate just how great a trip it is.
Close to Moab the trip couldn’t feel more remote. Stunting scenery, rapids that are fun but not scary, great riverside beaches and a variety of plants, animals and geologic wonder make this the perfect way to spend a day in Moab.

Everything about this trip just feels right. What I mean by that is this. Right about the time you would wish for something new or different to happen it does. The ride to the put-in, at about 30 minutes, is perfect. The speed with which we get rafts on the water and people into them, perfect. The rafting before we get to lunch, the lunch stop, the rafting after lunch, the spacing of the rapids, the changes in scenery and the drive back to town, all are just right. Not too long, not to short. With water temps during the summer months in the 70’s there is no better place to spend a hot day than laughing, splashing and swimming down the Colorado River!

I have had the opportunity to run most of the 1 day rafting trips in the West. Each time I do I hold the experience up to our beloved Fisher Towers section and compare the trips. Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado all have rivers that are unique and fun. But what I have realized is that although some may have bigger rapids, few if any are more perfect in time and variety than what we have here in Moab.

Come run this gem with us and you’ll see what I mean!

Carl,
Owner RRA

 

We’ve done it again!

We couldn’t be more happy about our 2014 Tripadvisor award. Our past guests say it best. Great guides, incredible trips and memories that last a lifetime are all a recurring theme in our online reviews. Thanks to those that adventured with us and took the time to tell others.

Ouray, Colorado Ice Climbing!!!

There are few places on earth that I enjoy as much as the beautiful mountain town of Ouray. Incredible scenery, friendly people, natural hot springs and, of course ICE!
The Ouray Ice Park is an amazing place to climb. Join RRA for a weekend of Ice Climbing in this world famous venue. All equipment is included through generous support from Petzl.

Here’s the details as always call with further questions or to reserve a spot.

Ouray Colorado! – Clinics

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Mid-winter clinic
February 1 & 2

  • Difficulty – Easy to Hard | WI2-WI5
  • Days – 2
  • Minimum age – Varies
  • Venues – Ouray, CO
  • Meets – 7:30
  • Dates – Feb 1-2
  • 1 Person $350

Join Red River Adventures for a weekend of Ice Climbing, fun and friends. Ouray, Colorado is one of our favorite places in the world and we couldn’t be more happy to introduce you to this special place. The weekend will feature climbing on a variety of different ice routes and the will be the option to explore the world of mixed climbing and learn about Ice Protection and anchoring. Level of climbing and/or instruction is tailored to your level of experience. All technical equipment is supplied through our sponsors. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of the participant.
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Climb Like a Girl – Ice
February 8 & 9

  • Difficulty – Easy to Hard | WI2-WI5
  • Days – 2
  • Minimum age – Varies
  • Venues – Ouray, CO
  • Meets – 7:30
  • Dates – Feb 1-2
  • 1 person $375

RRA is proud to work with Carolyn Parker and her Climb like a Girl program. Carolyn is an AMGA certified rock guide and founder of CLAG. We have been CLAG’ing for almost a decade in Moab, Indian Creek and Ouray. This weekend clinic is always a highlight of the winter. Incredible climbing, the highest caliber instruction and a real sense of community all combine to make these weekends special.All technical equipment is supplied through our sponsors. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of the participant.

*Guided by Suntoucher Mountain guides.

Feeling the Moab love.

Rock Climbing Moab

We recently had the pleasure of spending some time with the talented artist and returning guest, Cynthia Martin. She joint us last year on a Moab rafting trip. Impressed with the Fisher Towers section she returned this spring to pass some time hiking and Rock Climbing in the Moab area before returning later this August with a group of friends. She is best now as a comic book artist and  illustrator. I couldn’t be more happy that she took the time to do this piece.

New Moab Canyoneering video

We’ve been working on video of our adventures and here’s preview of what we’ve got for our Morning Glory Canyoneering trip.

Moab Rafting with Son-R

This spring we were tapped to help Sperry put together some video for the new Son-R shoes. This video shot on the Fisher Towers section is the result.

Happy Easter!!!!

We are in our 5th week of operations for the 2011 season and it has been fantastic. It’s starting to warm and the Colorado and Dolores rivers are rising.  Utah rafting near Moab is already off to a great start.

So far this season our returning guides have busy. We have had rock climbing clients summit Ancient Art, rafters enjoy our Fisher Towers overnight and day trips and rapelled through our Morning Glory Canyoneering route. The rest of our full time staff of 17 is slowly returning from winter’s spent exploring skiing, grooming, rafting in warmer locations, mushing dogs and seeking higher education. Guides re-training is the first week in May and after that it is full tilt adventure.

So on this Easter Sunday I just wanted to take a second to wish everyone out there who might see this a happy Easter and a great summer.

A fine Saturday morning.

After a bumpy start with a very cold wet November and a warm and dry December the Utah Ice season is finally off and running.

I spied this at the very bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon and hadn’t ever remembered it forming. A quick look at Mountain Project yielded no information. I knew that another nearby small flow had been FA’d in a recent winter. Protected by some mixed climbing I thought we might have a shot at doing a new route.

I had a partner lined up for Saturday so Friday afternoon I hiked to the ramps that led to the base of the pillar.  There were no other tracks and on my way out I covered mine. There were still a few hours of daylight left and I didn’t want to get scooped.

6AM is always a tough time to get out of a warm bed. Especially to go hike in the dark and stand in the cold but the sunrise found us at the base of the rock and within a short mixed pitch to the base of the Ice.

Easy but insecure slabs went down fairly easily and I was at the base.

Nate lead the pillar of beautiful yellow ice to the trees that we planned on rappelling from and……. that had slings from a previous ascent.

No new route but a fine adventure on new (to us) ice and a great way to start the day.

Moab rafting is looking good.

I just got the first 2011 stream flow forecast and things are looking great. The drainages that provide water for our Utah rafting trips received 150% of average snowfall in December which means that even if we have an abnormally dry month stream flows will be at least normal. If we stay in this storm track the forecasters are talking run off levels not seen since 1997, way above normal.

What does this all mean.
First, our Dolores River trip will be incredible April thru early June. The Dolores is one of my favorite river runs. Technical rafting in a desert setting is not the norm. The Dolores serves this kind of rafting up in buckets.
Second, the Fisher Towers will be incredibly fun and really big. Don’t let this put you off. This section is easily customizable buy simply either missing or hitting the big features encountered along the way.
Third, Cataract Canyon will be huge in May and June. One of natures spectacles, the rapids on this trip are some of the biggest in N. America.

No matter if you have 1 day or a week we have a trip for you and it looks like this is going to be a year to remember.

New site, new Utah rafting season

Well after years of thinking about and now months of development our new site is live. There’s still some work to do but the majority of the heavy lifting is complete. Clean and easy to navigate with lots of photos of our great Moab rafting, rock climbing and canyoneering trips I am super excited about the launch.

Hiking Arches National Park, The Fiery Furnace

Here’s some good news. The NPS has begun offering online reservations for the Fiery Furnace hike. One of the best ranger led activities I have ever done. No one better to see this magnificent area with than a NPS ranger. The ranger I went with was studying the Fiery Furnace for a PHD.

To see a description and book online check out recreation.gov.

This hike is a great one to combine with a day of Moab rafting or rock climbing.

We are scheduled to kick off 2010 operations in less than a month. Call now to reserve your adventure. (800) 259-4046

Ice Climbing Ouray

This is a photo of my girl. Emma getting it done at the Kids Wall, Ouray, CO. 1st Ice Climb ever.

This past weekend we got to return to one of my favorite places, Ouray. A quintessential mountain town with unpaved streets, cool architecture, Hot Springs and great Ice Climbing make this a place I miss the moment I leave.

It’s always great to play in the snow that will become our summer time play ground, the Colorado River.

The Moab rafting season is right around the corner. Pray for snow!

Summer 09

Well that sure was a quick 2 months. A blur of rafting, climbing and canyoneering with people from all over the world. What a season we and Moab have been having.
I just want to take 2 seconds to say, thanks to those that have shared an adventure with us so far in 2009 and come on down to those who are thinking about it.

The river is still at levels that we didn’t even see in some of the worst dought years and the scenery that surrounds our rock and canyoneering routes is spactacular as always.

Our 2009 guides are doing a fantastic job, keeping people safe, sharing what they know about the sports we do and the area in which we do them. I’ve heard more than a few times this season that the time spent with Red River Adventures was the very best of the entire vacation.

Rafting And Rock Climbing, Open For Business!

Well that’s it. Winter’s over.

It might be snowing where you are and admittedly is cold here but winter’s over.

Our first booked trip is for March 31st which means that the 2009 rafting season starts in only a few weeks. To be ready for the 31st means that we start NOW!

Getting boats out, cleaning gear, making changes and improvements all the things that have to be done behind the scenes start now.

I know I keep saying it but this summer should be good. March 1st numbers are above average, 115% of normal, and with more snow predicted water levels should be great.

Reservations are ahead of last year and we’ve already sold out several dates in June and July.

With new rock climbing and canyoneering options guided by the same great people that take you rafting there’s no need to look anywhere else for Moab Adventure.

Moab Rock Guides In Red Rocks

Longing for some warmer temps, long routes and easy climbing to shake out the cobwebs from a long winter I put together a last minute plan to head to Red Rocks for some fun.

3 days, 3 or 4 routes with an estimated 25+ pitches all under 5.9 were on the menu.
What unfolded was not in the plan at all.
Day 1
Rain.

This although pretty is not something you want to see before heading out for a day of desert rock.

We did mange to get in a two pitch climb during the only break in the clouds.

But then this moved in and we were shut down for good.

You might ask? What next. Well, being well trained and forward thinking outdoor professional we had of course brought along all the things you might need in an emergency. Food, water and adult beverages all laid in for just such a situation. Obviously there was only one thing to do, hit the emergency supplies, hard. Later deciding that shelter was in order we headed to the Bonnie Springs Ranch for food and beverages that didn’t come from a cooler. After much food and drink, meeting Bonnie and seeing freinds who live in Vegas it was time to go, they were closing. Closed a bar in Vegas…enough said.
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Day 2
Not so much….and no pictures.
After a rather long nap in the Pine Creek parking lot which prompted quite a bit of conversation among some of the other visitors to Red Rocks we managed to get off at the crack of 1PM. We hiked to what we were sure would be an empty Cat in the Hat to find a party, only slightly more lazy than us, just leading off on pitch 2. We decided to head up. Ooppss. Climbing hurt much more than hiking and with a pinch of hot afternoon sun I, well, I wasn’t feeling “tip top”.
After catching the party above at the bottom of pitch 3 we decided to call it a “DAY”. Down we went. Pitch tally 4.

Day 3
This is what we came for.

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Steep and fun, classic Red Rocks face climbing, steep jugs, 580′ of a rock climbing “powder run”.
These 5 pitches would have been worth the drive.
Pitch tally 10.

The trip didn’t unfold the way I thought it would but it will be one I remember for ever.

It’s Early But This Is Great For Moab Rafting

I just got the Colorado River basin Forecast report for January.
The mountains up stream of Moab are at 125% of normal snowpack. This is fantastic.
I know that we’ve got plenty of time for it to stop snowing or for it to get warm and for the snowpack to go away but for now it’s more snow on Jnauary 1st. than any time since 1997.

Moab rafting is gonna be good, let’s hope.

Utah Rock Climbing, 500 Feet Of Fun

My 4th of July vacation happened in the early hours of July 6th. I went to Big Cottonwood Canyon, Mule Hollow wall and linked Down, Dirty, Doublecrossed, 5.7 430 feet and Implorien 5.9 200 feet.


Up at 5:30 AM, meet Dan at 6 on the route by 7AM after about a mile and 1200 vertical feet of approach.

Sunrise happened some time during the first or second pitch. Beautiful rock and views of Stairs Gulch for the next hour or so keep us content and make the “evil StairMaster” approach worth it. 2 and a half double rope rappels gets us back to the ground. A short walk and we are heading up again on Implorien. More great stone and a trail of bolts gets us to the top and we rap. Back on the ground again we suck down some water, eat an apple and run out to the car.
6 pitches, 4 rappels, 2 miles, 2400 vertical feet of up and down approach and 4 hours and 27 minutes and we are back at the car. 4th of July celebration complete.
For the grade I don’t think that rock climbing in the Wasatch gets much better.

Rafting Class II Rapids in Utah

Well spring has sprung and summers right around the corner. The melt has started and the Colorado is running high. Here’s a recent photo of the Class II Rocky Rapid.
The BIG hit. We’re havin fun now.

Wait a minute, that doesn’t look right!

I hope this answers the question, “will it be exciting enough”.

NOTE: **No humans were hurt in the rafting of this river.**

Moab Rafting – The Dolores River

On the 27th of April the 2008 crew of Red River Adventures embarked on a 3 day Utah rafting trip that was fantastic. 13 of the Riverpeople launched at Gateway, Colorado for the 2008 kick off Dolores river run. Along the way we discovered that you can fly into Gateway, new pictographs, and that Charlie can fly but doesn’t land so well

Playing With Matches In Moab

We’ve all been told that playing with matches is a no no. Hell, I’ve told my daughter that within the last month.

Now, courtesy of some children camping along the Colorado River at Dewy Bridge campground Moab has a concrete example and spectacular pictures of what happens when that rule is broken.
In early April a brush fire was started that subsequently engulfed the historic Dewey Bridge.

No longer will the Moab rafting community get to look out at the bridge that Mr. Dewey, a self taught engineer, built. So know that when driving in on senic byway 128 you think to yourself, didn’t there used to be a bridge there? that there did indeed and your not going crazy.

Utah Rafting The Dolores River

Well it’s starting to happen. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear a story related to how much snow is in the mountains or possible spring time flooding.
Now the good people at the Dolores Water Conservancy have released their forecast for the 2008 season. In a word, WOW.

They are going to release water for all of April and May and with planned releases of 3000 cfs+ in May. The rafting on the Gateway section should be fantastic. There hasn’t been releases of this much water for this long a period of time in many years.

Everyone at Red River Adventures is incredibly excited about the upcoming 2008 season and running the Dolores in particular. Smaller than most of the classic desert rivers this incredibly scenic and remote river offers technical rafting at it’s best.

Moab’s River People Are Listening

Here’s something that I have recently stumbled upon, the Dirt Bag Diaries. Check it out. Fitz Cahall podcasts stories of life, travel and climbing. Quiet, genuine stories that rise above the deafening roar of all that this hyper connected world is.

This american life for anyone who has ever gotten first chair, earned thier turns, tied in or stood at the top of a rapid they’ve never run.

Pheeww!!! Mountain Snow Means Epic Rafting

Carl on a Class V powder day!!!

That was a quick month and a half. It’s amazing how fast time goes by when it snows almost every day and the ice climbing is as good as it has been in a decade. It’s been snowing like the old days. 14′ of glorious, river swelling snow fell in the Wasatch range between December 20th and January 10th. Some locations in Colorado have already recieved more snow this year than all of last.

Most of the Riverpeople have been out in the white stuff taking advantage of the water in the mountians before it melts and makes our rapids.

Pray for snow!!!!!

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

Kyle Vogel
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Kyle Vogel
June 17, 2024

We took the morning half day trip in mid June. The trip was well managed and our guide Jordan was wonderful.

Jill Lampen
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Jill Lampen
June 17, 2024

Awesome 1/2 day trip with our amazing guide, Liz! She provided a lot of information about the river, vegetation, scenery, and wildlife. We loved the other people in our boat and the other guides were friendly and knowledgeable as well. Probably would’ve have been happy staying on the water longer…full day trip next time! 🙂

Greg Stremcha
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Greg Stremcha
June 17, 2024

Perfect day trip for the family! We had a great time doing the full day trip, which included a fantastic, yet simple lunch. Our guide Jonas kept us laughing and engaged the whole time. He even interacted with the kids, getting them to play games when the water was right. If you’re on the fence about doing a half day or full day- do the full day, you won’t be disappointed!

Dennis Potami
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Dennis Potami
June 17, 2024

Liz was amazing. Smart, entertaining, and professional. Fun facts and stories the whole way. Great day on the river!

Edward Frech
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Edward Frech
June 17, 2024

Trip was incredible! My family had a wonderful experience with our guide Maggie, who was very personable, fun, and kind. We highly recommend Red River and will certainly be back.

Jenn S.
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Jenn S.
June 17, 2024

We booked a half day rafting trip with Red River adventures and had a great time! Our driver Keelee was great, Jake gave us an entertaining ride to the river and our river guide Liz was absolutely fantastic! She is knowledgeable, highly skilled, personable and made us feel at ease. Thanks for a fun afternoon on the water!

Jason Prendergast
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Jason Prendergast
June 16, 2024

Mikayla was an awesome guide. We had a great time.

Cindy Dellefave
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Cindy Dellefave
June 16, 2024

Excellent trip! Time on the river was maximized with efficient drive time to and from river pick ups. Lunch was great. Our teen boys (14 and 16) enjoyed the trip... with enough time to jump in and swim between very entertaining rapids. Guide Grace was awesome! Highly recommend the full day!

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C Miller400m
June 16, 2024

We did the half day canyoneering and white water rafting. Mom Dad and 2 teenagers. Morning Glory was unbelievable. Our guide Molly was really cool and felt really safe during our canyoneering, she was amazing. Rafting in the afternoon with Jake was also a fantastic time. Our trip had spots of scenic views and big Class 2’s. Red River Adventures had us covered all day.

Jacob Cichon
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Jacob Cichon
June 16, 2024

Did the half day trip and it was great. Friendly staff and great views

Peter Zeeman
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Peter Zeeman
June 15, 2024

It was a magnificent trip on Colorado River! Many rapids, nice guide and fellow participants in the boat.

Colin Yost
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Colin Yost
June 15, 2024

This section of Colorado River doesn’t offer the most thrilling rapids, but they’re good fun and the surrounding scenery is spectacular. Our guide Molly was top-notch, and we definitely recommend booking the longer float with lunch for two reasons: (1) the longer trip includes the best rapid of the day and (2) lunch was surprisingly delicious - Molly’s signature “Conewich!”

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Cody Binder
June 13, 2024

Fantastic experience. Mikela, our guide, was fun, friendly, calm, and experienced which was perfect for our 3 kiddos on their first rafting trip. Even lunch on the full day trip was amazing! Highly recommend!!

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Sarah McElroy
June 13, 2024

Great guides who knew the river well, gave great instruction, and provided a lot of information about the area we were in. Would definitely recommend

Kristin Anderson
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Kristin Anderson
June 13, 2024

Wonderful white water rafting fun on the Colorado River near Moab. Mikala was a super guide and so much fun! I would love to do this again!

Richard Yocum
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Richard Yocum
June 12, 2024

This course delivered as promised and was excellent at teaching the skills I was hoping to learn.

Phil Kohls
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Phil Kohls
June 10, 2024

Good crew with the rapid waters Half day proved to be a lot of fun.

Laura Kinstlinger
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Laura Kinstlinger
June 10, 2024

Our guide Jordan, and everyone who works there, were amazing. Jordan was fun, extremely capable and knowledgeable. The scenery was equally amazing. My only complaint is that there was a fair amount of waiting. Can you do the safety briefing on the bus or something? Send the equipment out first? It would be nice if there was less time waiting around in the heat. At least there was a pavilion for shade. Overall, had a great time

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Tayber Walker
June 10, 2024

We did the Rock of Ages route with Kenzie. It was the highlight of our trip to Moab and Kenzie was an amazing guide. The hike in was challenging and the rappelling was great.

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Kaci M
June 9, 2024

Our trip down the river was so fun! Makayla was our guide and she was friendly, informative and funny! She made our trip that much more fun for sure. Everyone that works there are friendly and patient, especially with newbies. Thank you Red River Adventures for a great time and I will recommend this place to anyone who wants an adventure!

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Susie Indorato
June 9, 2024

What an incredible experience! Our group had a wonderful time. Our bus driver, Keeli, was nice and fun (we had her last time too) and our guide Makayla was an absolute blast. Even other rafts commented on how much fun it sounded like we were having. I’ve rafted with Red River Adventures 3 times and I wouldn’t think about going anywhere else. 100% recommend!

Grant Baron
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Grant Baron
June 9, 2024

The half day white water tour here is really well put together. The guides are thorough and knowledgeable

amy Pajcic
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amy Pajcic
June 9, 2024

Great experience, cool rock, super friendly & knowledgeable guide! Also super flexible & willing to accommodate schedule & preferences :)

Jennifer Sineway
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Jennifer Sineway
June 9, 2024

We had such a great day rock climbing at Ice Cream Parlor with our guide, Kenzie. She was so warm and friendly, very knowledgeable about the climbs, and really patient with our 3 kids. We had a variety of skill levels in our group and she set routes that everyone enjoyed. We had a fantastic morning! Highly recommend Red River Adventures!

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Angela Widler
June 8, 2024

Steffan, Derek and John put on an excellent course with many lessons learned. They not only have an expansive knowledge and skill set, but are great guys and super fun to learn from. I would not hesitate to take another course from them or hire any of them as a guide.

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Devon Hummer
June 8, 2024

The course “Rigging for Rescue in Semi-Technical Terrain” hosted by Red River Adventures and lead by Derek DeBruin was a great experience. We covered everything from active and passive protection placements, anchor building, various belay techniques and short roping in the context of moving an individual whom is being rescued safely over different types of terrain. We also went into when and where to utilize different techniques depending on the level of risk, technicality of terrain and competence of the rescuer. A scenario wrapped it up and put a bow on it, all for a very reasonable price. Thanks!

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Richard Mansel
June 8, 2024

This place was easy to book, organized on arrival, left on time, and all the guides were friendly and energetic.

Courtney Peters
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Courtney Peters
June 8, 2024

We canyoneered Morning Glory AKA Ephedra's Grotto with Molly and had a great time. She was fantastic with the kids (ages 10 and 12) and was super encouraging and supportive during rappels. It was a beautiful hike and the 2 rappels were amazing!

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Liz McKelvey
June 8, 2024

We had a wonderful time on the river today for a half day trip with Maggie, Kiera and Will. We had a group of 17. All the kids had a blast (ages 5-19). Thank you for showing us everything.

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nutechjoe Servidio
June 7, 2024

Great day with red river!

Chase Sears
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Chase Sears
June 7, 2024

Such a fun experience for my first time rafting! The guides were awesome, and the trip was fun. The guides were very knowledgeable and kept us entertained with fun facts on the way there. Throughout the raft, they got to know us a little bit. The bus driver who was there spoke rudely to me and many others in my group, but other than that, it was wonderful!!

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Dee Dee Corbin
June 7, 2024

Amazing Staff!! Great time! Highly recommend! Five star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Paweł Czernicki
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Paweł Czernicki
June 7, 2024

There best rafting experience we ever had!

Carey Parker
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Carey Parker
June 6, 2024

This outfit was great! Good service, funny and friendly rafting guides! We'd adventure with them again!

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jennifer stresney
June 5, 2024

They did a fabulous job, we loved our guide Jordan. We had a great day!

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Sara v
June 5, 2024

We went on a full day rafting adventure today. Our guide, Savannah, was awesome! All the guides were informative and well prepared. The information provided was interesting and didn’t seem rehearsed. The only reason I gave 4 stars was because the lunch provided was not something commonly preferred by most people. It would’ve been nice to receive a menu, so we could’ve brought our own sandwiches or power bars. When catering to the masses it’s better to provide simpler fare. Although I was impressed with the gluten free option.

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Sarah Odonoghue
June 5, 2024

Mary's Crack Camp was amazing as were instructors. I don't know which was better, how much I learned or how much fun I had. The program seemed individually tailored to each person with a wide range of experience and abilities. I would recommend and return to this experience in a heartbeat.

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Allison Niemann
June 5, 2024

We had a blast and highly recommend rafting with Red River Adventures!! My husband and I took our 5 kids, ranging from 6 years old to 15. Maggie was our guide and we loved her! She was extremely knowledgeable of the river and the surrounding areas. She was amazing with our one kid who was extremely nervous, talking with him the whole time about what to expect and when. She was also great with our one kid who wanted to row the entire time! Liz made us laugh while talking about the scenery and the local history. Another guide gave restaurant tips for after rafting. They helped keep the 40 minute bus ride interesting. And shout out to our bus driver! I wish I could remember her name! She had legit skills driving a huge bus while hauling a trailer of rafts!

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Tony Probasco
June 5, 2024

Crack Camp with Mary Catherine Eden is the best thing any crack climber could dream of! She is beyond talented but also a great coach who can both push and support you with skill and compassion. If you want to improve your crack climbing or even just start crack climbing, this camp is a must! 10/10 would recommend

Chase Ludlow
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Chase Ludlow
June 3, 2024

The guides were friendly, uplifting, and funny. They explained everything in an easily understandable way and were there to help me every step of the way. Overall an awesome experience!

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Patrick Clifford
June 3, 2024

My son loves his climbing camps at momentum gym and now he got to see what it’s all for! Climbing with red river adventure out in the real world has blown his mind! What an unforgettable and amazing experience. No doubt we will be booking more climbing sessions with these fantastic people!

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Heather Drew
June 3, 2024

We aren’t exactly outdoorsy, I booked this when I knew we would be passing through Moab and I wanted to get my family out of our comfort zone and I am so glad I did. My 12 year old son and my husband would both rather read a book than go outside and they had an absolute blast. I chose Red River because they mentioned using smaller groups which appealed to my introvert soul. Everything from booking to leaving at the end was simple and easy. Our guide Emily was so much fun, full of facts about the region and skilled enough to keep my, less than adventurous family from drowning. Some of the reviews I read prior to booking complained about the river not being wild enough but this was exactly what I had hoped for. The rapids we did encounter were exciting and fun while giving us enough time to paddle and enjoy the scenery between the little adrenaline hits. My son had a grin on his face the entire time. Lunch was delightful. The other guests were courteous and entertaining. We did encounter other rafting companies and they were so full of rafters I would have been uncomfortable in their groups. . Our family of 3 was given our own raft with Emily and the larger groups were kept close to each other by their incredibly skilled guides. I was never worried about a thing and I’m so glad we chose Red River Adventures.

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Rebecca L
June 2, 2024

Great experience! My partner and I did the AM half day raft trip. The bus ride to the put in was very entertaining! Amazing views and fun rapids on the river! Our guide, Liz, was the best part though. She had so much interesting information to share with us. We were so lucky to have such knowledgeable guide! Thanks Liz!! I definitely recommend Red River Adventures.

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A. D.
June 2, 2024

We had a great time and our guide Liz was fun and knowledgeable!

Rebekah Renner
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Rebekah Renner
June 2, 2024

Molly was an amazing guide for our 1/2 day mountaineering trip. She made my husband & I feel so assured of our safety while rappelling in beautiful canyons while keeping a super positive & good humored nature. She was a blast to hike with & we recommend her & Red River Adventures to anyone. We hope to have more adventures with them in the future!

Chris McHan
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Chris McHan
June 2, 2024

Molly is a fantastic guide and this is a must while visiting Moab.

Trina Kloehn
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Trina Kloehn
May 31, 2024

Liz was absolutely the best guide!! Would recommend for anyone! It was thrilling, educational, beautiful, and breathtaking all at the same time. You won’t regret choosing Red River Adventures!

Jenny Motacek
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Jenny Motacek
May 30, 2024

This place is legit! Every thing from scheduling to exiting the bus was smooth. The guides were very knowledgeable and created a fun atmosphere. One member of our party- who has been crabby most of the trip- described our raft trip as a "10/10 must do again!"

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Francisco
May 29, 2024

Crack camp is incredible. Probably the best thing I’ve done for my climbing since I started climbing outside. For those going in the future… It’s going to be a tough boot camp, but well worth the effort and time spent. Like all climbing you’re going to get what you put in, so show up ready to give 200% because Mary will make sure you don’t waste anytime. You will climb nonstop all weekend! It will be full of pain and laughter, and you will love all of it!!! Even if you can barely move on the last day, you will be wishing you had more climbing on your trip back home. Huge thank you to Mary and her crew!!! I cannot wait to go out and use all the crack climbing and trad climbing techniques I learned this weekend.

Connor Golter
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Connor Golter
May 28, 2024

Had a great time with Red River. We were a group of 2 couples, so we were able to request 2 ducky kayaks and had a blast. The guides were great, good food for a quick lunch, and it was a piece of cake dropping our keys at the office. Great time overall