U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|River Recreation Opportunities|
INFANTS AND SMALL CHILDREN
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.
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
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.
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.
San Juan River
BLM, Monticello Field Office