Float the end of the Dolores into Utah

Gateway Canyon


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gateway canyon overview

Below Paradox Valley and Mesa Canyon, the Dolores River enters Gateway Canyon and the whitewater picks up again. Boulder-choked Stateline should definitely be scouted. Check out some stunning side-canyon hikes before the river flows into Utah, and joins the Colorado River about thirty miles upstream of the town of Moab.

Recommended Trips for Gateway Canyon – Dolores River:

Dolores River 10-Day Utah Rafting in Gateway Canyon

This trip combines Ponderosa Gorge, Slick Rock, and Gateway Canyons to create one of the longest raft trips in the West. Exciting whitewater, fascinating geology, Indian ruins, interesting side creeks, and stunning sunsets will fill your days on this adventure of a lifetime.

Rafting the Dolores River

Adult price : $2289


gateway canyon sections

Dolores River – Gateway Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 4551′ to 4091′
Average Gradient: 14.3′ per mile

Access to Access

Gateway to Dewey Bridge: 32.0 miles
Total Mileage: 32.0 miles



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Dolores Self-Guided Boaters:

The Dolores River (Gateway Canyon) is managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Moab, UT.

  • Boating Permit Required: YES
  • Permit Details: There is no fee charged and you do not need to submit an application, but you must obtain a permit in advance. This permit must be signed by the trip leader and carried on the river to be authorized.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Moab Field Office
    82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532
    435.259.2100 ~ www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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