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- Where do the trips begin and end?
- What should I expect on the full-day Colorado River Guided Raft Trip “The Daily”?
- What should I expect on the Self-Guided Day Canoe Trip on the Colorado River?
- What should I expect on the Self-Guided Green River Canoe Trip?
- What should I expect on the Guided Green River Canoe Trip?
- What should I expect on the Self-Guided San Juan River Canoe Trip?
- What should I expect on the Guided San Juan River Raft or Canoe Trips?
- What is cubic feet per second (c.f.s.) and why do I need to know?
- What is this talk about mud?
- Can we just go out on a Day Guided Rafting Trip for just a few hours?
- How old or young can I be to go out on any of the rivers?
- What kind of boats?
- What is the classification of the rapids on The Colorado River?
- What is the classification of the rapids on The San Juan River?
- What kind of weather can we expect? Will it rain?
- What personal equipment do I need for “The Daily” Colorado River Trip?
- Should I bring a camera?
- May I bring my own beverages?
- What does MRCC supply on the Guided Day Rafting Trip on The Colorado River, “The Daily”?
- What about gratuities?
- When is my balance due and what if I need to cancel?
- What about the “bathroom”?
- Exception: San Juan River trips will meet at the pre-arranged boat ramp.
(Other meeting plans, group put-ins/take-outs, campgrounds, etc. may be necessary, but you will be informed.)
2.) The trip meets at our shop in Moab at 9:00 am. We will shuttle you to the river via Highway 128. The drive is approximately 30 to 55 minutes to the put-in. After launching the raft, sightseeing, swimming, and playing compose the majority of the day. We will stop around noon for a beautiful riverside picnic lunch. We will arrive at the take-out around 3:00 pm, returning to our shop.
3.) The trip meets at our shop in Moab at approximately 8:30 am. We will shuttle you to the river. The drive is 10 minutes to the put-in at the Moab Boat Ramp/Moab Bridge. After unloading your canoes, you start your day of sightseeing, swimming, playing, and paddling the canoe. We will arrive at the take-out at Gold Bar Recreation Site around 2:00 pm (pre-arranged depending on river flow), returning to our shop at approximately 2:30 pm. The take-out at the Potash Boat Ramp (the 17-mile stretch) would require an additional 2-2 1/2 hours after Gold Bar. You will need an sun hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, shoes that have ankle straps, sunglasses with safety strap, and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, or swimwear. Please feel free to bring plenty of water and/or any other beverages and any snacks or lunch you may want to enjoy along the way!
4.) The trip meets at our shop in Moab at 8:30 am (depending on group size) for you to complete paperwork, discuss the river map, rental equipment, and load your gear into our shuttle vehicle. By 9:30 am, we will shuttle you to the river. The drive is approximately 1 ½ + hours to the put-in, where you unload and stage the canoes. Then, you launch for days of paddling, sightseeing, swimming, and playing.
- This Self-Guided Trip requires a high level of responsibility and your due diligence in research, as you will be going into backcountry wilderness. As navigator, you will have to pay attention to river mileage and your travel speeds. You are your own captain! The area is remote and services are non-existent. Your group must be self-contained and self-reliant to deal with emergency situations. Cell phone service is not available within the canyons. If this is looking like too much responsibility, you should really start with a Guided Green River Canoe Trip.
- There are no designated campsites along the river. You will be camping in backcountry wilderness…you will get dirty, wet, sandy, and muddy! During periods of “high water,” camps can be difficult to find, especially for large groups. During late summer and fall, sandbars are usually plentiful and make ideal camps.
- Your group is responsible for knowing and adhering to all Utah boating and backcountry laws and river regulations, as well as being aware of any current fire ban in effect.
- April to June (for the most part): In the afternoon, up-canyon winds are an almost daily occurrence. An early camp will help minimize the time spent paddling in the wind. Most people choose to get an early start and try to make camp by mid-afternoon.
- May and June (for the most part): During “high water,” your travel time can be faster, so you should know how to paddle in river currents and strong eddies.
- March, April, July to October:When the river is low, the sand islands come out.
- You are required to check that you have all necessary equipment such as PFDs, throwing device, bail bucket, whistle, fire pan, river toilet, and paddle(s) with a spare, before we can take you to the put-in.
One gallon per person per day of drinking water is the recommended minimum. The simplest and surest source of clean drinking water is to bring or rent lightweight, 5 gallon plastic containers. **YOU MUST PLAN TO PROVIDE ALL OF YOUR POTABLE WATER NEEDS (water must be carried in).** The river water is extremely silty and not considered drinkable without treatment. Consider your food menu when calculating your water needs. Account for meals that use water in preparation (dehydrated foods, pasta, etc.) and increase your water supplies, as appropriate. Having a quality water filter and enough fuel to boil river water as a redundant back up is a good idea, even if not used. You may fill your water jugs at our location.
On the last day, you will arrive at the take-out around noon. The shuttle vehicle will arrive by 1:00 pm for you to load your gear and will return to Moab at approximately 3:00 – 3:30 pm. Please be aware that the Mineral Bottom road can become impassible when there is inclement weather!
LEAVE NO TRACE OF YOUR STAY. YOU MUST PACK OUT EVERYTHING YOU PACK IN!
5.) We would love it if you can stop by the shop sometime the day before the trip to finish up any paperwork, settle the bill, drop off anything you may be bringing (i.e. drinks), along with selecting your dry bag, so that you can pack that the night before your trip.
The day of your trip, we meet at our shop in Moab at 8:30-ish am. We will shuttle you to the river via Highway 191, I-70, and a long, remote dirt road. The drive is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes (if the road is great) to the put-in. We unload canoes and gear, go over the safety talk, and launch on the beautiful river. Sightseeing, swimming, and playing compose the majority of the days…and of course, we will make time for delicious meals and sleep! Jumping to the last day of the trip…we will arrive at the take-out around 12:00 pm. We unload and load canoes, have some lunch, then return to Moab at approximately 3:00-ish pm.
6.) The trip meets at the boat ramp at 10:00 am. We unload canoes, then complete the paperwork, equipment rental and liability list, and final payment has been made. Off you go on the river! On the last day, you will arrive at the take-out around 1:00 pm.
7.) On the morning of your trip, we will meet at 10:00-ish am at the boat ramp put-in where you will receive your dry bag to pack. We load gear and go through the safety talk and then we’re on the San Juan River! Sightseeing, swimming (depending on the time of year), and playing compose the majority of the day. And, of course, time for delicious meals and sleep! We will arrive at the take-out around 1:00-ish pm to load rafts & canoes, have some lunch, and return to the boat ramp at approximately 3:30-ish pm.
8.) C.F.S. is a way to measure the river flow.
- The Colorado River can run from 2,000 c.f.s. to 45,000+ c.f.s. So, the time in the river season that you plan to take your trip will play a big part in deciding what section of the river you will want to do, along with the completion time. At 5,000 c.f.s. and lower, 14 river miles will take over 6 hours; however, the same 14 river miles at 15,000 c.f.s. and higher, will take less than 5 hours. C.F.S. will also play a part in how “big” the rapids will be.
- The Green River can run from 1,500 c.f.s. to 45,000+ c.f.s.
- The San Juan River can run from 300 c.f.s. to 20,000+ c.f.s.
- Spring run off, a.k.a. high water, is mostly in May and June, depending on the year.
9.) When the river comes up and goes down, the river bank makes for some mud…And mud is fun! If you don’t like getting dirty, wet, sandy, and muddy, you should really re-think a river excursion!
10.) Now that you know about c.f.s. and the time to get to and from the river (about 2 hours), if the river is very high, it can and will be done. Therefore, no couple hour trips with low water, just full-day trips.
11.) Look at weight: Infants and small children less than 40 pounds (due to PFD U.S. Coast Guard approved Life Jacket safety) cannot go on our river trips. Or, if you answer NO to any of the following:
- Can you climb in and out of a boat without the assistance others, and/or unwilling to ask for help?
- Are you strong enough to hold on while in a moving or bouncing boat without being assisted by crew?
During spring run off & high water: Do you have the knowledge, strength, and skill to get to shore, get back into a boat, or self-rescue if you have fallen overboard, along with the strength and skill to grab and hold on in the rapids? Do you have the knowledge, strength, and skill to survive a swim in cold, moving water or rapids always wearing a PFD? The Colorado River can have very cold water and harsh changes in weather and river flows.
If you answered NO to any of the previous questions, then this trip on the Moab “The Daily” may not be appropriate for you to be safe and enjoyable. Please do your part to ensure the safety of yourself and your group while playing on the river.
12.) On this section of the Colorado River, we use 12-18 ft. paddle rafts with everyone’s participation or an oar powered raft, where the guide & crew do all the driving. You can try rowing also. Smaller, inflatable kayaks can be requested in advance based upon availability, so you can get up close and personal with the waves. (Wenonah canoes are another choice for the skilled – take a look at the self-guided page. This is not for the person who doesn’t know what a boat gunnel/gunwale is.)
13.) The rapids offer Class II white water, which is splashy fun for everyone. This trip is perfect for first time rafters, families, and experienced boaters who want a wet and mild one-day experience. At high water, in May and June, the rapids can potentially get very big.
14.) The rapids offer Class II AND UP white water, which is splashy fun for everyone. This trip is a perfect guided trip for first time rafters, families, and experienced boaters who want to get wet.
- A canoe trip on the San Juan River is a great trip, but not the best for first-time canoeists, as it is an advanced canoe trip. In May-June, with high water, rapids can get very big for a canoe (and way fun!).
15.) The Canyon Country is noted for fantastic weather.
- In the Spring and Fall, temperatures range from 60 to 85 degrees F during the day and 20 to 50 degrees F at night.
- During summertime, temperatures range from 85 to 108 degrees F during the day and 58 to 68 degrees F at night. Despite being in desert country, it can rain out-of-the-blue on any day. On a hot summer day, the best thing to do is be in & on the river. The river is shade for river runners.
- We recommend that you bring a rain jacket and bottom; on colder days, it might also protect you from getting too wet by the splashing water. Bring plenty of sunblock, water, and a hat.
16.) Bring: a water bottle, sunblock, lip balm, hat, and sunglasses, preferably with a strap.
- Wear: shoes that have ankle support and can get wet, quick-dry top & bottoms, or shorts & t-shirt that can get wet, swimming suit (two piece works best), preferably a long-sleeved light, quick-dry shirt for sun protection, and bring rain gear. We will provide dry bags for your gear. For multi-day trips, navigate to the Packing List tab for a complete checklist.
17.) We encourage you to bring a camera to remember your river adventure. To protect your camera, store it in two Ziploc bags or other protection. On the river, dry bags will be provided by MRCC for easy access and storage. We have found that disposable, waterproof cameras work well.
18.) Water and sport drinks are provided, however, you may also choose to bring soda or other beverages. Let us know, so we can provide ice and cooler space.
19.) PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices, a.k.a. life vests), which are to be worn at all times, a dry bag to use for camera, glasses, etc., state of the art rafts and river equipment, transportation to and from the river, great guides, and a fantastic lunch on full-day bookings, are all included in your trip cost.
20.) You should never feel that a gratuity is automatically expected from you, but it is a great way to acknowledge excellent service. Our crew works very hard to make each expedition a memorable and rewarding experience. May we suggest $20 per client in your group per day for multi-day trips. Feel free to tip more if your guide(s) far exceeded your expectation.
21.) To reserve: Feel free to call in, mail, or email the worksheet to reserve your boats, gear, and trip date. At this point, we ask for a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) to hold the trip date and gear.
**Cancellation Policy for GUIDED TRIPS: A $100 non-refundable per person deposit is required to secure your trip date. Please contact us as early as possible if you need to make any changes. Cancellations 30 days or more of your trip, will receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit. Regarding the possibility of having to cancel, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment, as there are NO EXCEPTIONS OUTSIDE THE CANCELLATION POLICY. Remainder of payment is due in full 30 days from the date of your launch by Visa, MasterCard, or cash. It is our policy to reserve the right to cancel any trip at the last minute due to extreme and unsafe conditions, such as high water, fast-moving water, low water, cold, or high winds. Should this occur, no money will be exchanged. If conditions allow, we will postpone for a few hours or to the next day.
**Cancellation Policy for all other reservations (SELF-GUIDED TRIPS, RENTAL EQUIPMENT, SHUTTLES, ETC.): If you have to cancel within 14 days of your trip, we will run your card for 50% of your booked reservation total. If you cancel within 3 days of trip or are a “no show”, we will run the card for the whole amount of the reservation. Regarding the possibility of having to cancel, we strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your vacation investment, as there are NO EXCEPTIONS OUTSIDE THE CANCELLATION POLICY. It is our policy to reserve the right to cancel any trip at the last minute due to extreme and unsafe conditions, such as high water, fast-moving water, low water, cold, or high winds. Should this occur, no money will be exchanged. If conditions allow, we will postpone for a few hours or to the next day. All reservation fees are due in full by the day of the trip by Visa, MasterCard, or cash.
For groups of 10 or more, a deposit of $20 per person is due the day of booking the reservation. THIS IS NON-REFUNDABLE. The balance is due in full by the day of the launch date for the group size and equipment you reserved.
22.) The National Park Service did a study on urination: they call it “the solution to pollution is dilution”. So, as we travel down river, we will “pee” into the river or in the wet sand along the river. Trips on “The Daily” have some BLM out-houses along the way. For Guided or Self-Guided Multi-Day trips, we have a human waste disposal system. All human and pet solid waste must be carried out! Due to the lack of rain in our desert climate, solid waste must not be buried, as it can be in other terrain! Because of our concern for the impact that we contribute by being both users and outfitters on our favorite rivers, we have available portable river toilets, a.k.a. “groovers”. They are military grade, leak-proof ammo cans, convenient and easy to use with about 25 uses in a container, with a plastic sealable container inside the ammo can. This is the standard, most commonly used system in the river industry. We will go over their set-up and use with you when we get to camp. ONLY poop and toilet paper go into this river toilet. Feminine hygiene products and/or wipes should be packed out with your trash. On Self-Guided groover rental trips, please **bring your own toilet paper.** This professional, ECO-Safe Toilet System meets all requirements of the BLM, NPS, and USF.