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Westwater Canyon


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Westwater Canyon offers intense whitewater combined with desert canyon scenery as the river flows out of Colorado into Utah through sheer red sandstone canyon walls. Explore side canyons to find Indian petroglyphs, waterfalls, and historical sites. Lower Colorado River.

Recommended Trips on the Westwater Canyon Section – Lower Colorado River:

Trip Name: Full Day
Sections Included: Westwater Canyon
Outfitter: Western River Expeditions
Learn More: ~ 866.904.1160

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Lower Colorado River. Information regarding the Lower Colorado River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

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Lower Colorado River – Westerwater Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 4311′ to 4146′
Average Gradient: 11.0′ per mile

Access to Access

Westwater Ranger Station to Cisco: 15.0 miles
Total Mileage: 15.0 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 Lower Colorado River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Lower Colorado River through Westwater Canyon is managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Moab, UT.

  • Boating Permit Required: YES
  • Permit Details: Between April 1st and September 30th, private use is limited to five permits or 75 people (whichever occurs first) per day. From October 1st through the end of February, private use is limited to seven permits or 120 people per day.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Moab Field Office 
    82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532 
    435.259.2100 ~

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

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