Fall’s Most Pleasant Surprise - Colorado River Rafting Through October

MOAB, UT, Sept. 27, 2023 – Manhattan is the proverbial “city that never sleeps”.  Moab, Utah, is the playground that never stops.

Granted things slow down a bit when snows drape the red rocks of Arches National Park and etch the vistas in Canyonlands National Park. But through the Autumn months, it’s business as usual as Moab Adventure Center staff schedule late-season rafting outings on the Colorado River into late October. Also, daytime temperatures are settling into soothing degrees for enjoying such sweat-inducing activities as horseback riding and rock climbing.

“Fall is our favorite season,” says Moab Adventure Center Manager Sierra Schmutz. “Our dry climate leads to brilliant blue skies and ample sunshine, with high temperatures ranging from 82° F in September and 69° F in October.”

The river scenery is spectacular throughout the year, she explains, but come October, the cottonwoods and willows lining the riverbank are ablaze in yellow, red and orange.

“Whether you’re out on the river on a raft for a half or a full day, you will take home stunning memories and photos of the Colorado River at its prime, especially this year with higher-than-usual water levels,” Schmutz promises.

Following are half and full-day rafting trips that Moab Adventure Center offers through October.  For more details see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/moab-river-tours

Colorado River Morning Half-Day Rafting Adventure: This is a seven-mile river excursion through mild whitewater, departing daily at 8 a.m. through October. Rates are $89 adults; $73 ages 5-12.

Mid-Day Colorado River Rafting Adventure with Exclusive BBQ Lunch: Guests raft seven miles of mild whitewater on the Colorado River from below Rocky Rapid to the takeout beach. Plus they enjoy a hot barbeque lunch. Departures are daily at 11 a.m. through October. Rates are $106 adults and $87 ages 5-12.

Colorado River Full-Day Rafting Adventure with Exclusive BBQ Lunch: This is a 14-mile ride through mild whitewater from Raft Fisher Towers to BLM Takeout. A hot barbeque lunch at a riverside ranch is included. Departures are daily at 9 a.m. through October. Rates are $129 and $106 age 5-12.

Moab Rock & River: This is the perfect one-day (8.5 hours) Moab vacation package that starts in the morning with a two-hour Hummer Safari and continues with an afternoon rafting trip. Departures are daily at 7:30 a.m. through October. Rates are $195 and $157 ages 5-12.

Moab Signature Package: Visitors who give this world-class destination two days can experience a two-hour Hummer Safari, the Mid-Day Colorado River Rafting trip plus an Arches Scenic Tour and guided hike. Guests save 10 percent by bundling these elements. The combo program is available through October. Rates are $275 and $223 ages 5-12.

Each rafting program offers guests a choice of a paddle boat, with everyone manning a paddle, or two-person inflatable kayaks. The rate for each trip includes a complimentary flip-top water bottle ($14 value), snacks, transportation to and from the river, complimentary hotel pickup available upon request, lifejackets, rafting equipment, and guides.

Moab Adventure Center suggests these additional options for October and November adventures:

Mountain Biking


Horseback Riding


Rock Climbing


Arches NP Sunset Tour


Ultimate Zipline Adventure


Do-It-Yourself Jeep Rentals


Arches National Park tours to access brilliant fall colors. No timed-entry tickets are needed when on a group tour.


About the Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab and Fredonia, AZ. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, Utah. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main St., Moab, UT 84532. For information and reservations please visit https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/ or call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear, clothing, maps and souvenirs.

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