Are you looking for that ultimate vacation to remember? Rafting in Utah will surely meet that need. From whitewater rafting to hiking, hot to cold, 150ft to 14,000ft you will experience it all!
This itinerary is for a 8 day summer adventure tour round trip from Denver with stops in Moab, UT and Breckenridge, CO.
While the prices for rafting might seem expensive at first glance, they are truly very cost effective when taking activities, food and lodging into account. This (as do all of our) itinerary bases its air fare prices from Orlando. Adjust prices as needed.
Total cost per person/per day – $167.19
Whitewater Rafting – 3 full day rafting the Green River in Desolation Canyon
Camping – Riverside camping along the Green
Hummer Tour – Sunset tour of Arches National Park
Rocky Mountains – If you are from the East Coast and have never been to the Rockies, then this in itself is worth the trip. People (in Florida) say “I’ve been to Tennessee, I’ve seen mountains”; ummm, sorry, no you haven’t!
Head to the airport for a busy day. Fly to Denver International Airport in the morning, then pickup your luggage and rental car and head out for some lunch. After lunch head West across the Rocky Mountains on Interstate 70, to Moab, Utah. Check into hotel in Moab, check in with rafting company, and grab some dinner.
Wake up early and eat at the hotel’s complimentary breakfast. Check out and head to the rafting company. Take a small plane from Moab to Sandwash, located at the North end of Green River. Hike down to the river and head out. Raft the Green River and hike the canyons, stopping in the afternoon for lunch. Setup camp riverside, while the guides cook up dinner.
Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and breakfast thanks to the river guides. Pack up camp and head out rafting. Hike at various spots within the canyon. Have a riverside lunch buffet. Setup camp riverside, while the guides cook up dinner. Play a game of volleyball, tell stories and star gaze.
Wake up to fresh coffee and breakfast thanks to the river guides again. Pack up camp and head out for a final day of rafting. Hike at various spots within the canyon. Have your last riverside lunch buffet. After arriving in Green River, Utah you will be transported back to the rafting facility in Moab. Say goodbye to your new rafting friends and check back into your hotel. Take that MUCH NEEDED shower and then head out for a celebratory dinner in downtown Moab.
Wake up early and eat at the hotel’s complimentary breakfast. Put on some comfortable hiking clothes, then stop off to pickup a picnic lunch from a local sub shop. Explore Canyonlands National Park until mid afternoon. Head back to Moab, to Moab Adventure Center for your Sunset Hummer tour of Arches National Park. After returning to Moab, head out to dinner, then back to the hotel.
Wake up early and eat at the hotel’s complimentary breakfast. Check out of your hotel and head back toward the Colorado. Stop in Aspen for some lunch, then continue on to Breckenridge. Explore downtown Breckenridge before checking into your hotel. Head out to dinner at one of the many reasonably priced restaurants (e.g. Breckenridge Brewery, Downstairs at Eric’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.)
Wake up and eat breakfast at the hotel bar. Spend the day doing any of the many activities in Breckenridge (e.g. mountain biking, hiking, gondola ride, mountain slide, hanging out downtown, rafting, etc.). This is a good day to have separate boy/girl activities if you want to. Head out to dinner in Breckenridge. Pack up for tomorrow’s trip home.
Wake up early, check out of the hotel, then grab some breakfast. Head up Route 6 to Loveland Pass/Continental Divide. Take some pictures, then continue on SR6 back to I-70. If you have a late flight get off at Idaho Springs and make the drive up to Mt. Evans on the world’s highest paved road. With it’s peak over 14,000 feet, chances are you will see snow year around. Head back to Denver International for a one night stay over, or a late flight home.
Rough Cost Estimate
Per Person/Per Day
Ways to Save Money
Hotel Breakfasts – Look for hotels which offer a free breakfast with a variety. Personally I recommend Holiday Inn Express, as they have a varying selection daily as well as pre-made to-go bags. In Breckenridge there are not a lot of hotel options with breakfast, but you might look into hotels in Dillon or Frisco.
Rafting – There are a ton of rafting companies. Be sure to check them all out. Many times they will have package deals or specials on their website. Check back often.
Gas – While their might be only a $3/day difference between the midsize and the full size, be mindful of the gas mileage. This itinerary has over 850 miles of driving.
Airfare – Salt Lake City is closer to Moab than Denver is, be sure to look at flights into there, especially if coming from the West coast.
Located in Moab, Utah invites you for the whitewater rafting vacation of a lifetime on Utah’s Colorado and Green Rivers. Join us for an unforgettable whitewater rafting journey through geologic time. You’ll find what you want-whether it’s unexcelled excitement, quiet serenity, or a bit of both.
Moab Adventure Center
The Moab Adventure Center is your one-stop resource for outdoor adventures and vacation packages in Moab. Utah features some of the most famous landscapes and terrain in the world.
Sheri Griffith River Expeditions
Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is the premier white water rafting outfitter offering “A Touch of Class” to all of our river rafting adventures on the Green and Colorado Rivers since 1971.
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