Reservations and Fees: Reservations for river trips with an outfitter should be made as far ahead as possible, especially for multi-day trips. Trip prices vary according to trip length, services provided, group size, and river segment.
Equipment Provided: Outfitters generally provide boats, boating equipment, safety equipment such as life jackets and first-aid kits, waterproof bags for storing equipment, watertight boxes for cameras, food, non-alcoholic beverages, ice chests, and return transportation from their office or a pre-arranged meeting place to the river.
Recommended Gear and Clothing: Passengers embarking upon a one-day summertime river trip with an outfitter should bring a sun hat, sun screen, lip gloss, sunglasses with a retention strap, a pair of old sport shoes (they will get wet), a T-shirt, quick drying shorts, a lightweight long sleeve cotton shirt, and a wind breaker. For multi-day trips, passengers will need in addition to the above items, extra clothing for use around camp (evenings can be cool along the river), rain gear, personal care items, and walking shoes for hikes. Passengers may bring their own sleeping bag, ground cloth, and tent or rent these items from the outfitter. Consult with the outfitter for more specific information about clothing, camping gear, and personal use items because requirements vary by trip and season.
State of Utah Boating Regulations: The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has the primary responsibility for boating safety and enforcement on Utah waters under the Utah Boating Act. On Utah rivers, every person on board a vessel must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) of proper size and of an approved type; except on designated flat water areas where they may be loosened or removed. Life jackets must be worn by all persons from 1) Westwater Ranger Station to Big Hole and 2) Onion Creek to Drinks Canyon. Persons under 12 years of age must wear personal flotation devices at all times while on Utah rivers. Utah law also requires that an extra oar or paddle be on board, as well as a bailing device. All motor powered craft must be registered in Utah or in the boater's home state. Highlights from Utah boating laws and rules.
River Use Ethics: Please exercise the utmost level of care and caution when visiting desert rivers. The following principles should be adhered to during your visit:
- Urinate directly in the river
- Carry and use a portable toilet for solid human waste
- Dispose of human waste in approved facilities
- Respect wildlife encountered along the river
- Camp in previously hardened sites or on beaches
- Pack out all trash (including fire ash, charcoal, and food waste)
- Gather only driftwood for campfires
On commercially outfitted trips, river guides will provide instruction about disposal of human waste, the disposal of different types of trash, and other practices.
Additional Information: River guides are available through the mail or by phone order from the Canyonlands Natural History Association at: 3031 South Hwy. 191, Moab, UT 84532 (435) 259-6003, or visit their website: Canyonlands Natural History Association Bookstore. Further information on outfitter services, accommodations, and shuttles can be obtained by contacting:
Moab Area Travel Council
P.O. Box 550
Moab, UT 84532