Overnight Rafting on the Moab Daily – Private Group Trip

Spend the night on the banks of the Colorado River!

Treat your family or group to a night under the stars along the Colorado River. This two day, one night float down the Moab Daily stretch is the perfect way to unplug for the evening. Throughout the trip you will be treated to spectacular vistas, wildlife sightings, splashy rapids, and hearty meals. This family friendly adventure goes beyond the average tourist experience and is the perfect way to enjoy what Moab has to offer. Spending a night alongside the Colorado River can be a rewarding addition to any Moab adventure.

Comfortable Camping

CFI trips offer the perfect balance of comfort and adventure. Rafting combines the luxuries of car camping, like fresh, cast iron cooking, with the serenity of the backcountry. This option is perfect for anyone from first time adventurers to seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Whitewater Rapids

Prepare to get wet! These family friendly rapids will excite everyone on the trip, making this a great way to beat the desert heat. The difficulty of the rapids ranges from class I to class III.

Private Naturalist Guide

Your CFI guide is first and foremost an educator! They are experienced teachers who can dive into geology, ecology, history, and other topics in a way that will captivate the interest of everyone in your group.

The Colorado River - Dewey Bridge to Professor Valley
Call 435 259-7750 for availability
2 days and 1 night
Group Size:
6 - 25
Age Range:
Minimum age is 6
$425 per person

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

Level 1 - Easy

  • 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 - Moderate

  • 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 - Active

  • 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.
  • Exact location of the take-out depends on water level.
  • Fee includes $2 BLM special area fee

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Trip Narrative

This trip takes place on the Colorado River from Dewey Bridge through the Moab Daily.

Meet up with your guides at the historic Dewey Bridge boat ramp, about 50 minutes upriver from Moab, Utah. After a safety and rafting orientation, we make our way down river! This trip is short, but sweet. You will pass in and out of steep canyon walls before the vista opens up on the Fisher Towers and La Sal Mountains. The aptly named ‘Postcard Alley’ portion of the trip is a photographer’s dream.

As the day winds down, you’ll pull over on a riverside beach to set up camp. Relax by the water, swim, explore around camp, or dig into our rich trip library while your guides prepare a hearty dinner. After dinner, share stories around the campfire as day transitions into night. Feel free to set up a tent, or camp cowboy style and be treated to shooting stars and meteors streaking across some of the darkest skies in the country.

Greet the morning with breakfast and coffee, pack up, and get ready to enjoy the popular Moab Daily stretch! Fun and splashy rapids will excite everyone in the family as you float through iconic red rock country. We will pull off for a riverside lunch, and arrive at the take-out ramp in the afternoon.


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.

Thanks for asking...We know this can be an awkward subject. The fact is, our guides work extremely hard and appreciate getting tipped! 

On school trips tips are not expected but greatly appreciated. 

On an adult or private trip, an industry suggested tip is about 10% if your program fee, depending on your experience.

If you wish to include a gratuity, cash is preferred, but sending a check or a payment to CFI's Venmo: @canyonlandsfieldinstitute is also a great way to thank your guides for their hard work.  Tips are always pooled and distributed.

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.
  • Tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad are available for rent from CFI.

CFI is a non-profit organization and fees are not taxed. By choosing CFI, you are supporting our efforts to provide lifechanging outdoor experiences for hundreds of children per year.  Scholarships are available on an as needed basis.