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Yoga and Stand-Up Paddleboarding on the Colorado

Baja
, Mexico
, Espiritu Santo Island, Mexico

from $1,285* per person 6 Days September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Holiday River Expeditions 25 people max
  • Mexico
  • Active & Adventure trips
Join us for a 6-day 5-night rafting trip adventure on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. You'll be accompanied by Katie Woods who will lead morning and afternoon yoga sessions. You'll have time for learning and playing on our  stand-up paddleboards and inflatable kayaks, as well as hiking and relaxing.  The trip will be outfitted with oar rafts and we'll bring along several stand-up paddle boards and inflatable kayaks to share.  You can trade time between the paddle boards, inflatable kayaks, or relax in the oar rafts.  Once ashore there will be time for side-canyon hiking, stretching, yoga, and relaxing!  Your guides will take care of meal preparation and setting up the kitchen and common area.  Get ready to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of this section of the Colorado River.  It offers memorable sights such as pristine beaches, charming side canyons, and beautiful campsites.

Cataract Canyon is the perfect rafting trip for this type of adventure. You get the beauty and thrills of a traditional Colorado River rafting vacation with exciting Class IV rapids and the addition of a calm and gentle rafting experience for paddle boarding and kayaking. Cataract Canyon is the ultimate location for six-days of paddling, kayaking and rafting fun.

Locations visited/nearby

Baja , Mexico , Espiritu Santo Island, Mexico

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3 testimonials about the provider, Holiday River Expeditions:

  • Reviewer: located in Pittsburgh, PA USA
    "Just want to thank you for everything and to let you know that I TOTALLY LOVED THE TRIP--WILL REMEMBER IT ALL MY LIFE!  I will never be the same after experiencing the river as we did!  Personally, I felt the entire trip was perfect.  What a great group of people Holiday has!  Our guides were great and we so enjoyed them.  The food was delicious, loved Clari, the yoga and massages, our hikes, the rapids, our campfire...perfect!"  
    5
  • Reviewer: located in Salt Lake City, UT USA
    I have done the white rim with holiday 5 times, and each trip is the highlight of the year for me.  The scenery is spectacular.  The bigger than life red rock spires and bluffs that are prevalent throughout the ride give an abundance of photo opportunities. Doing the ride in 3 or 4 days allows for enough time to take in the scenery, and still get plenty of biking in each day. The guides for each of my trips have created an atmosphere of lighthearted fun and excitement balanced with plenty of knowledge about the geography and native american indians who inhabited the area in the past.  I'm always impressed with the great food they prepare and the organization around the kitchen.  The white rim trip has always been an unforgettable experience.

    5
  • Reviewer: located in Scottsdale, AZ USA
    We had a great time.  We appreciated the informed guides and  the educational experience they were able to provide.  Our 7 year old thinks it was the BEST trip ever!  The kids activity kit came in handy.  Making friendship bracelets and sand castles.  The ducky was his favorite!  Also, We never expected the food to be one of the highlights of a camping/rafting trip!
    5

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Itinerary

Cataract Canyon trips are true wilderness adventures, and itineraries vary widely depending on weather, the desires of each group, campsite availability, and the need to be courteous to other groups on the river. This is a sample itinerary intended to provide one example of a five-day trip through Cataract. In July and August, we lengthen our Cataract Canyon trips to six days to account for lower river flows.

The night before your trip: please meet at our Green River, Utah, warehouse for an 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time pre-trip meeting. You'll meet your guides, receive your waterproof bags and instructions on how best to pack them, and have time to purchase last minute items from our store (look over our packing checklist for a list of such items). Please consider dropping off any personal beverages (specialty sodas, beer, wine, etc.) at this time so that we can pack them into our coolers.

Day 1: We'll meet you back at our Green River headquarters the next morning at the time determined during the pre-trip meeting. It's a 90-minute ride to the put-in, first east along the base of the Book Cliffs, then south toward Moab. Hop in an inflatable kayak or onto a stand-up paddle board for some exercise, or settle in on a raft. We'll lunch on a sandbar and maybe take a short hike to an exposed petrified wood boneyard. Look up high to wave to visitors at Dead Horse Point State Park.

Day 2: Morning sun makes the walls glow like red gold. Listen for the descending song of the canyon wren, or paddle your stand-up paddle board along the shore in search of otters and great blue herons. The Colorado meanders peacefully in this section. Swim alongside the rafts or lounge under an umbrella; the afternoon may provide the opportunity to hike to thousand-year-old rock structures built by the Fremont Culture. Learn to spot granaries (ancient food storage structures) on the cliff walls as we continue downstream.

Day 3: Today we'll reach the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers, believed by some cultures to be the center of the universe. Swim through the line where the two rivers meet and buckle up your personal flotation device! Rapids are just a few miles ahead. Just below the confluence, enjoy a view of the Doll House, a collection of freestanding, sandstone columns: one of the remotest regions of the Maze District of Canyonlands.

Day 4: Conditions permitting, ambitious hikers may start the day with a hike into the Doll House. Ascend steeply to the canyon rim in the Maze District to explore the red and white red rock formations and prehistoric artifacts. Below, the rapids of Cataract Canyon await. We'll stop and scout a few of the big ones, giving plenty of time for the suspense to build. Hold on for the the Big Drops: Little Niagara and Satan's Gut!

Day 5: After a few last rapids, the water calms again, and the canyon walls rise, smooth and majestic. We're now officially in Lake Powell, although depending on the reservoir level, it may still feel like a river for a long distance. When the reservoir is high, we'll get an assist from our "Seldom Seen" motorboat. We'll float under the Hite Narrows Bridge and pull over just beyond the mouth of the Dirty Devil River. A two-hour drive brings us back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

If you are on a six-day Cataract Canyon trip, you can expect a similar itinerary to this one. However, with lower late-season river flows and an extra day to play, you may take some extra time in the upper canyon exploring artifacts or side canyons and reach the confluence sometime on the fourth day. You may dive into some whitewater rafting on day four but likely will spend that night nestled between mighty rapids in the heart of Cataract Canyon. We'd run the Big Drops on the fifth day and finish up on day six by exploring the upper reaches of Narrow Canyon and the boat-ramp back to the "real" world.

Wilderness river trips are changeable by nature. Please understand that this is only a sample itinerary, intended to give an idea of how your time will be spent on the river. You may have the opportunity to do all of the above activities, or you may have a variety of other memorable and exciting experiences. Holiday's motto is "Go With the Flow", and we encourage you to arrive with an open mind, a flexible attitude, and an appetite for adventure!

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