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The John Wesley Powell Adventure


The John Wesley Powell Adventure
Utah USA

The Ultimate 13-Day River Rafting Experience:
Three Canyons, Two Rivers, One National Park = ONE Great Adventure

The multi-faceted "John Wesley Powell Adventure" combines magnificent wonder, spectacular whitewater challenge and triumphant personal achievement. It is the ideal balance of serenity, thrill, and fascination that will transform your life.
The expedition begins in serene Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River with touring kayaks, and then transitions to oarboats and the fantastic Hiking in Canyonlands National Park before we meet the monumental whitewater of the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon. The experience culminates at Lake Powell with a breathtaking scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park back to Moab. This is an unparalleled adventure vacation experience.
This river journey follows Major John Wesley Powell's historic and courageous journey on the Green/Colorado Rivers in 1869. Powell was looking to map the previously unexplored Green River from Wyoming to Mexico. Unlike Major Powell's journey we bring way more amenities, guides who know where they're going, and much, much better food! Click to learn more about the history of the Green and Colorado Rivers.
The first five days are in touring kayaks on the upper section of the Green River in Labyrinth Canyon. This part of the Green River is renowned for its history and shear canyon walls.
After the fifth day you switch into rowboats and Inflatable kayaks and enter Canyonlands National Park through Stillwater Canyon. The next couple of days provide opportunities for extraordinary exploration. On these days you may get a chance to hike to several great features including Turks Head, Anderson Bottom Narrows, Ruins at Fort Bottom, Jasper Canyon Ruins, or Hike up Water Canyon.
The Fremont Indians were a semi-nomadic people who inhabited these canyons (500-1275 A.D.). They left petroglyphs on the rock walls that can be spotted today. Denis Julien was a trapper and fur trader who left inscriptions on the rocks in a number of places. All of his inscriptions are dated 1836. How Julien got into the canyons is still a mystery. It is not known if he came by boat or if he walked in from the rim.
On day 10 the Green River meets the Colorado River at the "Confluence." Today we may get a chance for a "Layover Day". This allows us to hike to the top of the famous Dolls House in the Heart of Canyonlands National Park. This is a very challenging hike with over 1500 feet of vertical gain as you hike from Colorado River to rim of Canyonlands National Park. Once up tops some of the attractions include spectacular views of the La Sal Mountains, Canyonlands and the Colorado River. You will also get a chance to see hidden Native American ruins and petroglyphs.
On day 12 the fun really begins. Here is where the world famous whitewater starts. You will encounter rapids with names like Capsize, North Sea's, Little Niagara, Satan's Gut and Ben Hurt. As you continue downstream the rapids become more intense until you enter the Big Drops--the steepest descent on the Colorado River. You complete the day's run and relax on a sandy beach to recount the excitement. Traditionally, the last night of the river trip is "dress-up" night. Anything goes if you would like to participate. It is up to your imagination! This is a great way to celebrate the trip and near completion of your Mighty Colorado River adventure.
On day 13 you meet Lake Powell and your unforgettable river journey transitions to a scenic plane flight over the canyon and river you just explored. 

The John Wesley Powell Adventure features:

5 days by touring kayaks
• 5 days by oar boat
• Delightful riverside camping
• Outstanding hikes to Ancient ruins & hidden wonders
• Epic adventure and impressive class III-V whitewater
• Return Scenic Flight over Canyonlands (optional)
• Breathtaking canyons that resembles the Grand Canyon
• Unique exposure to Canyonlands National Park
• Exercise in nature




Rafting Trip
Meeting: rafting office in Moab , Utah
Airport:   Moab, Grand Junction, Las Vegas
Transfer: Moab
 
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The John Wesley Powell Adventure
Tour Code: ZZ-RAFTS-05
12 days / 11 nights ~$0.00
Dates: Sept

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Moab, Grand Junction, Las Vegas
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