It's Time to Start Your Adventures

We will launch four whitewater trips this upcoming Spring and Summer. Please remember if returning rafter, please bring another service member!! We’ve updated the application process to an online form. Please follow the trip-specific link to our application.

Note that we had to move the Open Manifest launch back on day from May 3rd to May 2nd because of a conflict with Navtec.

Participants need to be at the launch city (Moab or Vernal) and checked in to the motel on the
day before the launch date by mid-afternoon and be briefed, issued gear, and fed.

May 2nd Launch Day: Open Manifest (Open to any active duty or veterans, any branch of service, all conflicts) 

Moab Utah to Lake Powell through Canyonlands on the Colorado River. Four day excursion staged out of Moab. Navtec is the commercial outfitter. 

May 22nd Launch Day: Special Operations (Open to all active duty or veterans, any branch of service who’ve served in SOF or similar e.g. SWAT, etc.) 

Moab Utah to Lake Powell through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. Four day excursion, staged out of Moab Utah. Worldwide River Expeditions is the commercial outfitter. 

July 18th Launch Day: Open manifest (Cheyenne and Salt Lake City VAMCs). Desolation Canyon on the Green River, five day excursion. 

This trip stages out of Moab UT. Sheri Griffith Expeditions is the commercial outfitter.

August 28th Launch Day: All Female Trip (Open to any female active duty or veteran)

Scenic and peaceful Gates of Lodore on the Green River, four day excursion. This trip stages out of and returns to Vernal UT. Sheri Griffith is the commercial outfitter.

We request that you read the Code of Conduct carefully before you sign it. 

Once we review your application and accept you on a trip, you’ll be sent additional information and a gear list.

We are happy to answer any questions you have, in fact, we have a couple video meetings prior to the trip to get to know your fellow rafters and answer any questions you might have. We’ll send out an email announcement for the video meetings, as well as trip info and reminders.

Once you’ve filled out the registration form, please wait for your confirmation email, which will include all the trip details and information, including itinerary, gear list and other details.

Confidentiality Notice: This email, including all attachments is for sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. 

For questions, please email:
Karen House MA, LPC, MSW, LCSW
Therapeutic Lead
Adventure-based Therapist
[email protected]

General Information

More trip specific information will be sent later.


This itinerary is a typical itinerary and is subject to slight changes. Camp sites on the river are based on availability.

We need you all to be checked in to the motel by mid-afternoon on the day before the launch. Please triple up on rooms if possible. Accommodations are furnished free of charge for you the night before the launch and the evening we get off the river. The code word for check-in is Wounded Warriors.

Beginning at about 6 pm on the evening before the launch, we will meet and have a briefing on the trip by your licensed commercial outfitter, issue dry bags for your personal gear, have a social dinner hosted by the Moab VFW and Elks after the above briefing so you all can meet.

Make ready for a 7:30 am departure the following morning, the day of the launch, by shuttle vehicles from the motel to the Potash Boat Ramp. Be packed up with gear out front of the motel before breakfast.

On the morning of the launch we will load all gear in the shuttle vehicles and board for Potash, about 20 miles downstream of Moab on the Colorado River. Along the way, we make road stops to view petroglyphs. At Potash, the boats will already be in the water and ready to load personal gear.

From Potash we head down the river to a petrified forest for exploration and lunch, and then on to Indian Creek where we may camp if it is open. There are some Anasazi ruins there, and sometimes the water is running in Indian Creek. We’ll round out the day with a dinner and campfire and relaxing under the western night skies and a billion stars.

The second day starts with a full breakfast. If we camp at Indian Creek, and time permitting, there’s about a 1 mile hike upstream on Indian creek to a waterfall for those interested in exploring. We may have a shorter second day on the river, and won’t have to push off until late morning, leaving time to hike, explore, paddle in one of two inflatable sportyaks (duckies) (water level permitting), or just relax in camp.

On the second day, those who enjoy hiking can take a trail at the Loop and meet up with the rafts about 4 miles downstream, where we will probably stop for lunch. Further down the river, we go through a little ripple at The Slide. Rafters can enjoy getting in the river and going through the Slide in life jackets – for non-swimmers, this is a good chance to get comfortable with being in the water, and relying on the life jacket for floatation. From there, we boat to the Confluence with the Green river, and the flow picks up a little. About 5 miles further is Spanish Bottom, an open basin that may be our second camp. Or maybe camp at Brown Betty. Another night of relaxing, camaraderie, and star-gazing. There may be time to hike to the Land of the Standing Rocks.

On day three we lash down the gear and go through the rapids. There are about 35 rapids interspersed with flat water. The big rapids have catchy names like Satan’s Gut, Little Niagara, the Red Wall, the Tail Wave, the Claw, and will provide a memorable thrill for even the most adventuresome rafters.

We will camp in the canyon along the rapids at the end of day three. Early on day 4, June 4, we break camp and head to Hite Marina, and then will be shuttled back to Moab to the motel. That evening we will have a farewell dinner at 7 pm, location yet TBD. The next is a travel day unless you want to linger around Moab.

Equipment List

Equipment List (pdf) Warm sleeping bag, synthetic better than down because they dry quicker if they get wet (if you have one) Sleeping pad or air mattress, cot if needed. Nights may dip to 50 degrees or lower.
Tent – optional, there are lotsa stars; if it rains, there will be other tents. Bring a ground cloth. If you are short any of the above, the outfitter can furnish. It can get cool at night, so bring a sweater and jacket.
Weather can be changeable in early season, sometimes wet and cold. A rain shell and rain pants and fleece or sweater are needed Sunscreen, chapstick, lotion for dry skin, sunglasses with Croakie.
Quick-dry shorts and long sleeve shirt Long sleeves of cotton for sunburned arms Long pants, short pants, hat with tiedown, sunglasses with lanyard or croakie. We will have boonies for all. Extra changes of clothes Sneakers & hiking boots or shoes, wool socks, shorts River shoes, water sandals, not flip-flops.
Waterproof windbreaker shell Towel, toiletries, medications Flashlight or headlamp, extra batteries Camera with extra batteries Day pack Water bottle with your name (we’ll keep it in a cooler for you) DEET, Cutters, or other repellent. There aren’t many bugs.

General Information

Canyonlands weather can be unpredictable in the late Spring. Inclement, cold, and wet weather can often occur, so pack accordingly. Nighttime temperatures can dip into the 50s. A dip in the river is a good cool- down if it gets hot; wear your life jacket for safety and warmth and convenience and as required by the Park Service. This is a no alcohol, no recreational drugs trip. This is due to the policy of our sponsors, and also to know that we can experience an enjoyable trip without them. Regarding safety and risk: Life jackets must be worn below the Confluence – this is a Park Service regulation. Park Rangers report that no one has ever drowned in Cataract with a life jacket on and properly tightened. Also, there is no reason to go (involuntarily) overboard unless you are being very careless. While it is difficult to predict the river flow in advance as most of the snowpack comes in March-April, we can expect between 10,000 and 45,000 cfs on these trips.
While cell phone coverage is spotty from the canyon rim, we have a satellite telephone for contact from any location on the river. The Rangers sometimes patrol the river (it’s their favorite duty)

This trip is being underwritten and supported by

World Wide River Expeditions, Navtec, Sheri Griffith Expeditions, Canyonlands Best Western, AArchway Inn, Hyatt Place Moab, Moab VFW and Elks Club, Ravens Rim Zipline, and many others.