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!

Whitewater Rafting Clothing Basics

You’ll need to prioritize safety and comfort in choosing which clothes to wear for whitewater rafting. Bring layers of clothing to stay dry and warm. Choose the fast-drying wool-based fabric or synthetics like nylon or polyester, not cotton. To be sure you have everything you need to make the most of your time on the water in warm or cold conditions, use this river rafting gear checklist:

Warm Weather Rafting Clothes

On rafting trips in water of 70°F or above, there’s little risk of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to river water, rain, and wet clothing in the outdoor air.

Bottom and Mid Layer: Wear a swimsuit and a fast-drying top and shorts, leggings, or lightweight pants to protect your skin from direct sun and to avoid having just a swimsuit against the rubber raft and the direct sun.
Top Layer: Bring a summer rain jacket in case of rain.
Change of Clothes: Bring dry clothes so you can change after you’re back on the river bank.

Cold Weather Rafting Clothes

On rafting trips in water under 70°F, staying cold for too long from being drenched by cold rain or river water can lead to hypothermia or other severe health effects.

Bottom and Mid Layer: Wear rain pants, or better, wear splash pants, which seal around the ankles to help you stay dry. They’re great for layering over shorts when the weather changes.

Top Layer:
A water shirt, rain jacket, or a paddle jacket (which is most effective for keeping dry in wet conditions).
Wetsuit: Wearing a wetsuit and wetsuit booties allows a thin film of water inside the suit and in the booties. That water becomes warm and helps keep you warm. Wear an underlayer like shorts or leggings of fabric that won’t ride up or bunch up inside the suit.
Dry Suit: Like wetsuits, dry suits are made for protection against cold in wet conditions. But, unlike wetsuits, dry suits are sealed around the neck, wrists, and ankles to keep water out, and people normally wear one or more layers of clothing under the dry suit.
Paddle Gloves: Paddle gloves help hands and arms stay warm in cold, wet environments. They also provide the additional benefit of protecting your hands from blistering due to friction from paddling.

All Weather River Rafting Items You Need

So, now you’ve got your river rafting clothes ready for a warm or cold day on the water. But, whatever the weather may be during your river rafting experience, here are some important items you need to bring with you.




Eyewear:
Polarized sunglasses help reduce reflection and glare coming off the river. A retaining strap is essential for wearing glasses on the river. Get one that secures firmly to your sunglasses and floats if it drops in the water.
Headwear: Wear a paddling hat or other hat with a chin strap to keep your hat secure. If you wear a baseball cap, test to be sure it can be adjusted tightly enough to keep it in place. Whichever kind of hat you choose, just be sure it can be kept from blowing away in the breeze or washing away in a wave that sprays over the raft. If you’re wearing a helmet, adding a cap visor helps with sun protection.
Footwear: Wear durable, supportive water shoes for walking in a rocky unstable river bed, or wear water sandals that have heel straps to secure them on your feet. Or, you can just wear a pair of old athletic shoes that you don’t mind using in the water. In cold weather, wear wool socks under your sandals or shoes.
Zippered Pockets: If you choose tops and bottoms with pockets, zippers are an ideal way to secure the essentials, such as a whistle, car keys, credit card, etc. This is the surest way to avoid having these items end up in the water and lost forever.
Additional Accessories Bring a waterproof bag for your extra clothing layers, snacks, etc. Also, bring a waterproof case for your phone, car fob, etc. Don’t forget to bring high-SPF sunblock.

River Rafting Safety Gear

Here are some additional items you will need to have with you during your river rafting excursion. If you have a professional white water rafting guide, some or most of these items might be provided for your group:

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Even shallow slow currents can be a safety risk. So, be sure you have your life jacket on at all times while you are on the river. Your PFD should fit snugly and be adjusted to stay on well. Plus, of course, you’ll need a personal flotation device (PFD) that is Coast Guard Approved.

Protective Helmet
Wearing a paddling helmet is a must for any whitewater river rafting trip for adults and children alike. On professionally guided rafting tours, your guides will probably provide a selection of helmets for you, but, when in doubt, ask in advance.
Sun Protection Protect yourself from the intense sun with a hat and sunglasses, and high SPF sunscreen. Even during cloud cover, you are well advised to shield your skin. Consider a rashguard (a.k.a swim shirt), for sun protection and other great benefits mentioned.
First Aid Kit and Whistle Be sure that your group is taking at least one well-supplied first aid kit and an emergency whistle or other fool-proof loud noise maker to communicate in loud rapids if necessary.

You’re Ready for the River!

You’ve got your river rafting gear ready to go. Now you just need a reservation with the Moab area’s only licensed river rafting guide service. This is the way to pack the most excitement and fun into your Moab whitewater rafting experience. Whether you’re out for an afternoon of family fun or a multiple-day rafting adventure, we make it the most fun and the safest experience you can have on the water at Moab!

To reserve your river rafting dates at Moab, call Red River Rafting Tours at (435) 259-4046, or contact us here on our website anytime!

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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.