INFANTS AND SMALL CHILDREN
PROBABLY DO NOT BELONG ON WESTWATER CANYON,
THE LOWER DOLORES RIVER OR THE MOAB DAILY
IF YOU ANSWER NO TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Can your child climb in and out of a boat without the assistance others?
- Is your child strong enough to hold on while in a moving or bouncing boat without being assisted by a parent?
- Does your child have the knowledge, strength and skill to get to shore, get back into a boat or self-rescue if he or she has fallen overboard?
- Does your child have the knowledge, strength and skill to grab hold of a thrown rope?
- Does your child have the knowledge, strength and skill to survive a swim in cold, moving water or rapids?
The Colorado and Dolores Rivers can have very cold water and harsh changes in weather and river flows. If you answered NO to any of the previous questions, then a trip on Westwater Canyon, the lower Dolores or the Moab Daily may not be appropriate for your infant or child’s safety and enjoyment. Each year fatalities occur on these stretches of river. Please do your part to ensure the safety of yourselves and your group while playing on the river.
Westwater Canyon is located in a Wilderness Study Area (WSA) northeast of Moab and is the first canyon of the Colorado River within Utah. Westwater Canyon includes Class IV rapids and is therefore only recommended for experienced boaters.
The Moab Daily and Dewey Bridge to Hittle Bottom
This stretch of the Colorado features easy boater access, close proximity to the city of Moab, moderate rapids, and wonderful scenery. Highway 128 follows the river here. Depending on time of season and water level, you will encounter rapids on this section ranging from Class I to Class III.
BLM, Grand Junction Field Office
Gateway, Colorado to Colorado River Confluence
The Lower Dolores stretch offers technical rapids, stunning scenery, wildlife viewing, side-canyon hiking, and great camping.
NOTE: This river segment has a very unpredictable and short boating season.
BLM, San Juan Public Lands Office
Bradfield Bridge to Bedrock
BLM, Uncompahgre Field Office
Bedrock to Gateway
Labyrinth Canyon is an easy, flat-water stretch suitable for canoes, kayaks, and rafts of all types. It can be enjoyed almost any time of the year, except in winter when there may be ice on the river.
BLM, Price Field Office
San Juan River
BLM, Monticello Field Office
San Juan River