Two people paddle a canoe along a river
Canoeing on the Green River

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The Colorado and Green rivers have played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Canyonlands, and seeing the park from the bottom up affords a unique perspective. Above their confluence near the heart of Canyonlands, the rivers offer miles and miles of flatwater perfect for canoes, sea kayaks and other shallow-water boats. Below the confluence, the combined flow of both rivers spills down Cataract Canyon with remarkable speed and power, creating a fourteen-mile stretch of Class III to V whitewater.

Person in a red kayak on a river

Flatwater trips may float down either the Colorado or Green rivers as far as Spanish Bottom.

White boat going through rapids in a canyon
Whitewater (Cataract Canyon)

Cataract Canyon contains 14 miles of rapids that range in difficulty up to Class V.

Colorful boats float along a river

Visitors can combine packrafting with an overnight backpacking trip to explore various districts within the park.

Colorful boats parked along a river's edge
Commercial Guided Trips

Some companies offer guided whitewater river trips that vary in length from one to many days.

Boaters talking with rangers near the Confluence
River Regulations

It is your responsibility to know river regulations when you visit.

Leave No Trace cards outline the Seven Principles to help us minimize our impacts.
Leave No Trace Principles

Following the Leave No Trace Seven Principles can help us minimize the effects our actions may have on plants, animals, other people.

Three boaters scout a large rapid from the riverbank
Boating Information Guide

Check out our complete guide to help you plan and prepare for your river trip at Canyonlands.


Last updated: June 15, 2023

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