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Water Adventures Happenings - May 2017
The 5 Stages of Adventure Travel, How the Fun Never Really Ends
Lovingly penned by Swirlin’ Eddy for Wild West Voyage

Welcome to Moab’s Colorado River corridor! Planning a guided river trip or a self-propelled tour of your own? Here are a few facts and figures to help plan your day.

Unless otherwise noted, all sites feature rustic (pit) toilets.
Travel times and distances are approximate.
Gold Bar (small dirt ramp for smaller vessels, camping) – 10 miles downriver on Potash Road – allow 25 minutes from town
Highway Bridge/Moab Ramp – park across the bridge at Lyons Hub for bathrooms- mile 0 on HWY 128 (River Road)
Big Bend (small vessel access, no ramp) – mile 7 on River Road – allow 15 minutes
Take Out Beach/Ramp – mile 10 on River Road – allow 20 minutes
Sandy Beach (small vessel access, no ramp) – mile 12 on River Road – allow 25 minutes
Rocky Rapid (ramp with parking) - mile 16.5 on River Road – allow 35 minutes
Onion Creek (two small ramps with camping) – mile 21 on River Road – allow 45 minutes
Hittle Bottom (ramp with camping) – mile 23 on River Road – allow 45 minutes
Dewey Bridge (ramp with camping) – mile 30 on River Road – allow 60 minutes

More rapids: Between Onion Creek and Big Bend
More flat water: Dewey Bridge to Hittle Bottom or Onion Creek, Big Bend to Gold Bar
Always wear your PFD (personal flotation device) and stay hydrated. If going out on your own, be informed about what to expect on a given stretch of river and make sure your fitness and skill level are commensurate with the water at that level in that area.

Need more information? Give Wild West Voyages a call at 435-355-0776 or stop by their Main Street shop at 446 South Main, Unit A, and plan your guided river tours in rafts, inflatable kayaks, or on stand up paddle boards! They also rent out this equipment and offer shuttle service on site to get you out there!


Check out Swirlin’ Eddy’s River Blog at

Wild West Voyages offers guided daily river trips, equipment rentals and river shuttle service. Raft, kayak, or stand up paddle: All Trails Lead to the River! Give them a call at 435-355-0776 to arrange your river day, or visit


Do You Dare to Ride the “King”?
by Mallory Burton

What is the “King” you ask? The Nitro Spin King is the newest boat on the Colorado River and Canyonlands By Night & Day dares you to try their newest thrill of a ride called the Spin & Splash. The Spin & Splash is a 1 hour tour that takes you up river of their private boat dock on the Colorado River for adrenaline fueled fun. The tour travels 28-miles round trip and does exactly what the name implies- it spins and splashes! Through-out the tour you’ll jump rapids, enjoy giant splash-downs and zip along the Colorado River all while jamming to a sweet playlist. It’s a wet and wild tour which will keep you engaged the whole time while zooming next to the beautiful red cliffs of the Colorado River.

If you accept the challenge, the trip departs four times daily at 9am, 11am 2pm and 4pm. Price is $49 for adults 13+ and $39 for youth 4-12. Minimum age is 4, but you must weigh at least 50lbs to fit in the life jacket. Maximum weight is 330lbs. For more information call 435-259-BOAT or visit

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