Cataract Canyon
Musical Raft Trip

Cataract Canyon
Musical Raft Trip


Jun 13 - 17 2023


Note: June 13 evening orientation only; June 14 departure
All of the day


Cataract Canyon


Cataract Canyon
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  • Artists & Program
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Travel down the river with historian, naturalist and Colorado Riverkeeper, John Weisheit, and four world-class musicians as we conqueror Cataract Canyon at high water.

Our spring high water trip takes you on a four-day adventure through Canyonlands National Park and Cataract Canyon, timed to capture the excitement of the snowmelt pouring off the Rocky Mountains. Expert guides lead the way.

The excitement and splendor of the wilderness is punctuated with concerts by Moab Music Festival musicians (click the Artist & Program tab above for details), giving us just one more way to connect to each other and this incredible landscape.

This trip includes:

  • Rafting through some of the world’s most famous whitewater rapids at high water (Class III-V rapids around maximum CFS), including the Big Drops 
  • See the beginning of the breathtaking canyon system that gives way to the Grand Canyon
  • Daily concerts given by Moab Music Festival musicians (click the “Artists & Program” button above for more details)
  • Explore ancient rock art and ruins, waterfalls and awesome geologic formations
  • Outfitted by Sheri Griffith Expeditions
  • Our expert, SGE guides set up camp and cook scrumptious meals in comfortable riverside sites
  • A scenic return flight over Canyonlands National Park

A raft trip like this should be on every adventurer’s bucket list.

We hope you’ll join us.

Artists & Program



  • Kristin Lee, violin
  • Mark Votapek, cello
  • Nathan Royal, guitar/vocals
  • Kale Stiles, clarinet
Selections to be announced on the river.

The Cataract Canyon Music Adventure will include four master musicians playing a broad range of music every day and evening. Music from the classical repertoire for violin and cello (Kristin Lee, violin; Mark Votapek, cello) as well as the hot and fast music of Django Reinhardt, and American Songbook favorites played by guitarist/banjoist Nathan Royal and clarinetist Kale Stiles. Cocktail concerts preceding dinner and occasional floating concerts help keep the boating adventurers buoyant on this four day high water experience.

Important Details

Event location: Cataract Canyon and Canyonlands National Park

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Orientation: Tuesday, June 13, 5:00 pm, at SGRE

Departure on river: Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 am, from SGRE

Return via scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park: Saturday, June 17, 7:30 pm. End time may vary. In the event of a late arrival or inclement weather, patrons will return to Moab via shuttle bus.

Ages 16+

Participants should be strong swimmers and in general good health, possess a moderate level of physical strength and agility, and be comfortable in the outdoors. No previous experience necessary.

No pets allowed

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River Outfitter: Sheri Griffith River Expeditions (official concessionaire of Canyonlands National Park)

All concerts, parking, shuttle to and from the river, waterproof bags and safety gear are included. High quality, clean tents, sleeping bags and pads are provided. We will email a packing list to you.

All meals, snacks, water, beverages, beer and wine are included.
Non-refundable ticket: $2,950

After we process your payment, your ticket is not refundable. Please call us at 435-259-7003 to discuss your trip before you purchase tickets. We can answer your questions and help you decide if this trip is right for you.

$500 is tax deductible

Proceeds benefit our education and community engagement programs

Program, artists, and locations are subject to change without notice


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