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Top 5 Things To Do In Salt Lake City In Winter

Welcome to the ultimate guide of things to do in Salt Lake City in winter with Red River Adventures! Our city transforms into a magical winter wonderland, and there’s no better way to experience it than by embarking on thrilling outdoor activities. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this guide will help you make the most of your winter stay in Salt Lake City with the expertise and services of Red River Adventures. Get ready to embrace the season and explore the top Salt Lake City winter activities that will make your visit unforgettable.

 

1. Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Salt Lake City is renowned for its proximity to world-class ski resorts, and winter enthusiasts flock to the area for its incredible powder. But for those seeking a more adventurous and untouched experience, backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Utah wilderness is a thrilling option. Explore pristine, untracked terrain and relish the tranquility of the backcountry while surrounded by majestic mountain landscapes.

What to Bring: For a day of backcountry skiing or snowboarding, make sure to pack your backcountry gear, including touring skis or a splitboard, avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe), warm clothing, gloves, and a helmet. Always check avalanche forecasts and have the necessary knowledge for safe backcountry travel.

Tips:

    • Before heading into the backcountry, ensure you’re well-prepared and consider taking an avalanche safety course.
    • Familiarize yourself with the local backcountry terrain and conditions, and let someone know your plans for the day to ensure safety.

Introductory Utah Backcountry Touring Ski Package 

Utah’s backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains outside of Salt Lake City is among the best on the planet – we are famous for the “Greatest Snow on Earth.”

Difficulty: Easy | 1,500 to 2,500 vert.

Minimum Ages: 10 years old

1 Person $450 each | 2 People $275 each | 3 People $200 each

Tours will take place either in Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons depending on snow!

2. Ice Skating at Gallivan Center

For a delightful winter experience in downtown Salt Lake City, lace up your ice skates and head to the Gallivan Center. This outdoor ice rink offers a charming setting with twinkling lights and music. It’s the perfect family-friendly activity or a romantic date night under the stars. The rink also hosts themed skate nights, adding a unique touch to your visit.

What to Bring: Dress warmly and bring your own ice skates if you have them. Rentals are available at the rink for those who need them.

Tips:

    • Check the Gallivan Center’s website for skate times and special events.
    • Plan your visit during the evening to enjoy the magical atmosphere created by the lights.

 

3. Exploring the Utah Olympic Park

If you’re looking for a unique Salt Lake City winter activity, the Utah Olympic Park is a must-visit. You can experience the thrill of bobsledding down the Olympic track or test your skills in the freestyle aerials and Nordic ski jumping facilities. The park also offers interactive exhibits and guided tours, providing insight into the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City.

What to Bring: Wear warm clothing, and bring your camera to capture the excitement. Special gear is provided if you choose to participate in activities like bobsledding.

Tips:

    • Book your activities at the Utah Olympic Park in advance.
    • Take a guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of the Olympic legacy.

 

4. Warm Up at Local Breweries

After a day of outdoor activities, warm up at one of Salt Lake City’s cozy breweries. Enjoy craft beers, delicious food, and a welcoming atmosphere. Local favorites like Squatters Pub, Red Rock Brewing, and Epic Brewing Company offer a wide selection of brews to satisfy your taste buds.

What to Bring: Your ID to ensure you can sample the local brews. Dress casually for a relaxed and friendly environment.

Tips:

    • Check the brewery’s website for their current beer offerings and special events.
    • Plan for a designated driver if you plan to sample multiple brews.

 

5. Ice Climbing with Red River Adventures

Experience the thrill of ice climbing with Red River Adventures in the stunning winter landscapes of Salt Lake City. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner, our experienced guides will take you to frozen waterfalls and ice-covered cliffs for an unforgettable adventure. Red River Adventures provides all the necessary equipment and instruction to ensure a safe and exhilarating ice-climbing experience.

What to Bring: Dress warmly in layers suitable for the cold temperatures. Red River Adventures will provide all the specialized ice climbing gear, including ice axes, crampons, and helmets. Don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure and a willingness to conquer the ice!

Tips:

    • Book your ice climbing adventure with Red River Adventures in advance to secure your spot.
    • Trust our experienced guides and instructors, as they’ll ensure your safety while you scale the frozen walls.

1 Day Guided Ice Climbing Trip

The Cottonwood Canyons and Provo Canyon have some of the coolest ice-climbing routes in the West and Red River Adventures can guide you there!

Difficulty: Easy to Hard | WI2-WI5

Minimum Age: 8 years

1 Person $350 | 2 People $275 | 3 People $225

Level of difficulty and style of climbs are tailored to your ability level!

There are plenty of things to do in Salt Lake City in the winter with the expertise of Red River Adventures, you can push your limits, create lasting memories, and make the most of the winter season. Whether you’re seeking an adventure, a romantic evening, or a relaxing day on the ice, Salt Lake City offers something for everyone during the winter months. Enjoy your visit and embrace the beauty of a Salt Lake City winter!

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

downtown moab with mountains in the background

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

 

a couple poses in front of an arch while hiking in moab

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

a family of four raft in moab utah

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

Desert Bighorn Sheep

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.

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

Angelique G
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Angelique G
July 13, 2024

Had such an amazing time today! It was the first time any of us had ever gone rafting. Our guide Kira was wonderful! Super knowledgeable, friendly, and comical! Highly recommend Red River rafts and Kira has a guide!

Grace Johnston
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Grace Johnston
July 13, 2024

We loved Red River! My boyfriend and I started our trip in Moab & were fortunate to have Cage as our rock climbing guide. It was the perfect morning excursion to try new types of climbing like crack climbing as both of us were used to only climbing in a gym. A week later, at the end of our trip, we came back for a rafting trip and got Cage as our guide again. He was great & gave us awesome recs for future climbs & rafting trips! Thank you Red River, we will definitely be back :)

Dietrich Heide
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Dietrich Heide
July 13, 2024

Had a great time on the river. Fun guides who went out of the way to ensure people were having as much fun as possible. We will be back!

Brian Kruse
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Brian Kruse
July 12, 2024

My son & I had a great time climbing for the day. Having our guide Jon get us to awesome routes and just as importantly in the shade was great for a summer day of climbing. Even better was all the pointers for how to get some great photos to remember the trip. Would highly recommend Jon for anyone looking to get the most out of their climbing time here.

Richard Luper
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Richard Luper
July 12, 2024

Our guide Maggie is a 2nd generation Moabite and knows the river and area very well. She was awesome and the other guide followed her lead. It would be a pleasure to be on her raft again. Thank you for the great memories. Cheryll, Lucas, Richard Luper.

Chuck Swaney
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Chuck Swaney
July 12, 2024

Had a great morning on the water our guide Cage was great. Very family friendly trip.

Alexandra Rochester
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Alexandra Rochester
July 7, 2024

We did Rock of Ages with Cage as we wanted something a little challenging. What an incredible experience! The rappels were varied in length and style, and the hike through was gorgeous with so many different views. But Cage really made the day special. You can tell he loves his job and cares deeply about the outdoor adventure industry. We are chatty people who share a lot of his interests so it was a great match. Cage’s knowledge of local history, his explanations for what he was doing setting up ropes, and pointing out features of the canyon kept us engaged and excited the entire time. Thank you to Cage for such a great day!

Dwight Norris
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Dwight Norris
July 6, 2024

Our half day white water rafting adventure was a great experience for whole family. This was due in part to the high energy and knowledgeable staff staff. Our raft guide “Liz” steered our raft into the rapids perfectly and informed us about all the great things that the river and Utah have to offer. Thanks Liz!

Cindy F.
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Cindy F.
July 6, 2024

Great experience! Would definitely book again!

Rebecca Roberts
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Rebecca Roberts
July 6, 2024

We had a great time on an afternoon half day excursion. Raft guide was kind, knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun!

Darren Simons
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Darren Simons
July 6, 2024

Great trip . Would have like bigger rapids . It was still fun. Grace was are guide , she did a wonderful . Would definitely recommend .

Todd Hoopes
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Todd Hoopes
July 5, 2024

Our second trip with RR, 10 years apart and just as good as the first time! Our guide Kenzie was fantastic. Highly skilled in the art of repelling and a very nice person. Thanks Kenzie, will be back in another 10 years.

Karen Ericson
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Karen Ericson
July 4, 2024

This trip was awesome! Lunch was great. Guide was knowledgeable and lots of fun.

Joerg
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Joerg
July 4, 2024

It was awesome! Kira was out Captain and did a great job!

Andrea Chin
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Andrea Chin
July 4, 2024

Our friend group of seven (4 adults, 3 kids - 13, 13, 9) had a great time with Liz. She took great care of us, taught us so much about the landscape, the water, and animals! She has great energy yet matched our vibe in the boat. We did the full day trip with lunch which was delicious! Highly recommend doing the full day as it takes 45 minutes to get to the site then do safety training. It was really amazing seeing the landscape from a different perspective!

Easton Hamblin
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Easton Hamblin
July 4, 2024

We loved our visit! Guide Jordan was excellent! Thanks for a great experience!

brandon squires
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brandon squires
July 2, 2024

Great experience today. Guides were fun and helpful. Great for our family with kids ranging from 8 to 16. Guides were funny and entertained us with jokes on the drives.

Christy Dimos Jones
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Christy Dimos Jones
July 2, 2024

Great experience…wonderful guide who was great with my children

Heather Averett
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Heather Averett
July 1, 2024

5 stars for the adventure. 5 stars for the bus ride. 5 stars for lunch. 5 stars for our guide, Savanah. 3 stars for the sun as it was a little too bright. I would absolutely do it again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Z Mac
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Z Mac
July 1, 2024

Savannah was awesome! Thanks for being our guide today! Food was great too! No complaints about anything! Excellent time, super fun family experience!

Max Chambers
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Max Chambers
July 1, 2024

Great guides and amazing scenery! The river was fun, mostly class I and a few class II rapids in late June. The best part was lunch, particularly how accommodating Red River was for food allergies (e.g. gluten-free). I would definitely book with them again!

Jennifer Hardy
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Jennifer Hardy
June 30, 2024

Great ride today with Red River Adventures. We did a full day of white water rafting which included a delicious home made lunch. Our guide, Jake, was fantastic, great sense of humor and a kind soul.

Christine Millett
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Christine Millett
June 30, 2024

Great trip!

Chelsi Lee
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Chelsi Lee
June 30, 2024

An adventure almost anyone could enjoy, very grateful for the experience!

Dow Hardy
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Dow Hardy
June 29, 2024

Had a great trip with Jake as our tour guide today. The trip was a great blend of Class 1-2 rapids and smooth running spots. He was a personable, skilled and knowledgeable tour guide, who made our day the best. Highly recommend.

Anna Habben
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Anna Habben
June 29, 2024

We loved our half-day rafting trip with Red River. Their guides were engaged, fun, and knowledgeable. Our kids were a little nervous for their first white water and our guide did a great job at helping them to feel safe so they could have a great time. I’ve rafted the Colorado with other companies and will for sure book with Red River again next time we go.

Marcin Kruszyna
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Marcin Kruszyna
June 28, 2024

We took the whole day tour,it was very well organised , nice lunch, friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Elena Lopez
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Elena Lopez
June 28, 2024

We did a half day rafting tour, it was an AMAZING experience!! Jonas was our guide, he was awesome and great with kids!

Candy Killian
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Candy Killian
June 25, 2024

An exceptional experience with our river rafting guide, Jonas! We will be back again and again!

Megan Wolfe-Polgar
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Megan Wolfe-Polgar
June 25, 2024

We had the best time canyoneering with this company. Our guide Cage was amazing and super knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely return for more trips!

Morgan Macenka
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Morgan Macenka
June 25, 2024

I took my daughter (who is autistic) for her first experience river rafting. Our guide, Emily, was kind, knowledgable and enthusiastic. She was able to pull a group of complete strangers into a cohesive unit, making it a wonderful bonding experience. The scenery was amazing and the rapids were thrilling. I would highly recommend Red River Adventures to anyone.

Stephani Jones
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Stephani Jones
June 24, 2024

Savannah was a great tour guide and made us feel safe and let us have fun! My boys enjoyed the ride and had a great time!

elizabeth larsen
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elizabeth larsen
June 23, 2024

The full day raft was fun, the guides are very friendly and fun to be around, lunch was delicious. I would have liked more rapids as there was only about 5 rapids in 6 hours. But i would do it again. :)

Jed Milne
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Jed Milne
June 23, 2024

All the guides were friendly and informative. Jake was our guide and he kept my 3 boys (all under 10) engaged and made them feel safe. He also let them know the importance of their responsibilities. They all can't wait to do it again. Half day was the perfect amount of time for my fam. Thanks!

Pam and Patrick Breslin
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Pam and Patrick Breslin
June 23, 2024

We had a great time. Easy to schedule and answered all my questions to make me comfortable taking my seven year olds. Emily was an excellent guide and made sure we all had fun. We all wished we’d done a full day!

John K
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John K
June 22, 2024

Red River Adventures are awesome! From booking to arrival, to the bus ride out to the boat ramps, the process is organized and seamless. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and are there to make sure you have a safe and fun time. Both the full day and half day tours are a lot of fun and definitely memorable experiences in Moab. I’ve gone on three tours with Red River Adventures and each has been a wonderful experience. This most recent trip, we had folks from 25-66 and our guide Jonas did an amazing job making sure everyone felt comfortable and was having fun. Highly recommend and will be back again!

Richard Luedtke
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Richard Luedtke
June 22, 2024

Red River had an awesome full day tour ~ Grace was a fantastic guide! Adam drove the bus like a pro, such a great experience ~ highly recommend.

Josh Wyman
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Josh Wyman
June 22, 2024

Awesome time!

Lyndsie Memory
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Lyndsie Memory
June 22, 2024

Great fun in a beautiful setting with fun guides!

Andy Weigel
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Andy Weigel
June 21, 2024

Easy booking online for half day rock climbing. Great communication before the outing. Our guide, Kenzie, was fantastic!

Torrey Hunter McCann
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Torrey Hunter McCann
June 20, 2024

We had an amazing experience with the crew at red river adventures. It was a 40 min drive up the canyon on a bus and was a shorter and more relaxing float then we expected but still an amazing time! The views are great and water was calm.

David Koiter
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David Koiter
June 18, 2024

Had an amazing day climbing with John in Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons! Tacked on an extra day to a work trip to the area to do this. My first time doing multi-pitch, and first time climbing on rock beyond the limestone of southern Ontario. John was just great, I felt comfortable and confident with everything we tackled, and tried/learned so many new things. So happy I chose to do this, and would recommend Red River Adventures to anyone interested in doing something like this!

Wesley Steeb
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Wesley Steeb
June 18, 2024

Can’t wait to come adventure with them again! Kenzie was an amazing guide to do my first rappels with. She is knowledgeable both about climbing and the beautiful land we were in and an all around lovely person to spend a morning outside with. Shout out also to the business team for their graciousness when I had a scheduling issue. Can’t recommend enough.

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.