The Moab Daily – School Program

No time for an overnight? Learn and play on this popular river stretch!

A day trip down the Moab Daily includes fun and splashy rapids, a packed lunch, and a stop or two along wide sandy beaches for Naturalist-led educational activities and games.

You’ll learn to read the river and how to use teamwork to navigate whitewater rapids. Curriculum may also include conversations about water rights, land use, and invasive species management. Our guides use hands-on techniques to teach hydrology, natural history, art, and science.

Outdoor Classroom

The Colorado river provides a unique floating classroom that offers constant lessons about human, cultural, and natural history. Evidence of millions of years of geological forces at work is on full display as we float the river. Flexible curriculum compliments your classroom objectives, whether they are rooted science, art, writing, or simply exploring nature.

The Moab Daily of the Colorado River.
Call 435 259-7750 for availability
Drop Off/Pick Up:
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Group Size:
15 - 60 participants
Age Range:
5th Grade and older
$80 per student

This is how we rate the challenges you might face on a CFI trip.

Level 1

  • Low level of physical activity, minimal movement required
  • 0 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking or walking 0-2 miles per day

Level 2

  • Medium level of physical activity, some movement required
  • 1-4 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking up to 4 miles per day
  • Flatwater or mild whitewater rapids

Level 3

  • Medium or high level of physical activity
  • 1-5 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking up to 5 miles per day
  • Class I - III whitewater rapids

Level 4 - Challenging

  • High level of physical activity
  • 1-6 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking 5 or more miles per day
  • Class IV whitewater rapids
CFI's Essential Eligibility Criteria outlines specific challenges that you may face on CFI trips. Please consult the EEC for information on responsibilities of participants.

Launch and take-out ramp locations depend on river conditions.

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Trip Narrative

This stretch has various launch and take-out locations dependent on water level. Call CFI if you have questions about launches and take-outs on the Moab Daily.

This stretch is a great addition to any class trip to the Moab Area. Throughout the day, guides will take the time to instruct about the natural history of the area. In the morning, we will learn paddling skills, teamwork, communication to prepare for the upcoming rapids! Every trip down the Moab Daily includes lunch and snacks, and time spent on riverside beaches to run activities that teach hydrology, erosion, and other concepts. 

While the rapids on the Moab Daily do not exceed Class 3 difficulty, they provide splashy thrills as your group works as a team to navigate the river. Your students will experience hands on education in a unique classroom environment. 

Wish to spend more time with your students learning about the area? Check out our Professor Valley Field Camp program. Students spend time camping, exploring, AND a day rafting the Moab Daily, all included.

Need to Know

  • CFI staff are trained educators and guides with first aid and CPR certifications. Back-country trips carry satellite communications devices.  
  • All cook and dishware, meals, snacks, and river gear are provided by CFI.


Some people say food is the most important part of the adventure. On all our overnight trips, CFI will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a morning and afternoon snack, and an appetizer before dinner. If you have a dietary restriction or food allergy, note it on your medical form so we can best prepare.

Depends on the trip. As a general rule, CFI provides all group gear related to fully outfitting your trip. Specialized gear like PFDs, wetsuits, dry bags, educational materials are all provided by CFI. Additionally, we take care of all kitchen and dishware needs. 

Find out more about trip specific packing.

Most importantly, a willingness to slow down, connect to your surroundings, and experience the moment. Additionally, participants are required to bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, personal clothing, medication, and other essential personal items. Many gear items are available for rent. Reach out to us if you are interested in seeing a trip specific packing list, or learn more about trip specific packing here.

CFI provides options to rent gear:

  • Two person tent: $30 / trip
  • Sleeping bag: $20 / trip
  • Kid sleeping pad: $7 / trip
  • Adult sleeping pad (paco pad): $15 / trip
  • Package deal: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and one tent per two people: $40 / trip

For any CFI summer camp, gear rentals are free!

Every CFI guide has either a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification. Your trip leader will have a Wilderness First Responder certification. Anyone working with youth has passed a background check, and shuttle drivers are insured with clean driving records. Backcountry trips carry In-Reach satellite communication devices for emergencies. All guides have been evaluated by Canyonlands Field Institute as possessing the judgement, skills, and disposition required for mitigating risk in the field. 

As technology grows more and more invasive by the day, CFI promotes connection to what matters. To achieve this, all school and youth programs are unplugged and students are not permitted to bring electronic devices. Not only is there rarely cell service, devices are a distraction to our ability to connect to the present moment. On Private Group Trips or Adult Seminars, the use of devices is permitted but discouraged.

CFI works hard to ensure a positive experience for all guides and participants. Because of the unpredictable nature of outfitting, we have created a series of policies so maintain our ability to manage risk in the outdoors.

For critical information regarding cancellations, deposits, and other participant responsibilities, please view our trip policies page or contact us with any questions.