Musical Raft Trip Benefit for the Moab Music Festival
Moab Music Festival River Trip Details
Travel day to Moab. Join fellow rafters and musicians for a light supper and short musical program. You will meet the staff of Tag-a-Long Expeditions who will review the trip, distribute waterproof bags for your gear and answer any questions you may have.
Meet at Tag-A-Long Expeditions at 8:30 a.m. or, if you like, a shuttle will pick you up at your motel. At the river, the guides will review the amenities of the fully-provisioned J-Rigs and fit you with a flotation vest. As we drift languidly, our naturalist will discuss the striking geological features and cultural history of this unique area. After a stop for lunch, we will continue down-river to the grotto where the Moab Music Festival hosts the Colorado River Benefit Concerts. In this spectacular red-rock amphitheater, you will experience your first private concert. Later, at camp, the Tag-A-Long Expeditions staff will help set up your tents and deliver your river bags. Appetizers will precede dinner as the sun begins to fade and we enjoy the magnificent solitude of the canyons.
At first light, warming drinks will be delivered to your tent. After breakfast you will be back on the river, stopping here and there to explore beautiful side canyons, ancient Anasazi ruins and fascinating geological sites. When we arrive at our campsite for the evening, the Festival musicians will play stirring music surrounded by the quiet wilderness.
Our peaceful journey continues. One of today's highlights will be the "floating concert," a wonderful musical program played while we gently drift through the shifting, red-rock panorama. Today, you will have an opportunity to hike the "Loop Trail," where you can see ancestral Puebloan rock art. If hiking isn't for you, you can stay with the boats and enjoy a relaxing float around the meander. Tonight we will be treated to another fantastic concert at our cozy camp tucked up in the canyon.
Confluence, Canyonlands National Park
This is the final leg of our flat water voyage. Today, we will complete our trip at "the Confluence," the point where the Colorado and Green Rivers meet. This is, indeed, the heart of Canyonlands National Park. It is here where our flat-water-only participants will say goodbye and return to Moab via high-speed jet boat, just in time for dinner.
Meanwhile, those who are ready for some adventure will enter the premier white water of the Colorado River. We will run part of the rapids, scouting ahead when necessary to make sure of the best routes. Most guests start the rapids with cautious anticipation and quickly succumb to the excitement of them. Cooled by splashes, we will arrive at camp where dry clothes and refreshments are welcome. Our last evening, we will enjoy our final dinner together beside the river.
Cataract Canyon Rapids
We will rise early, ready to run the major rapids of Cataract Canyon. This section is noted for the "Big Drops," "Mile Long" and "Brown Betty." Exhilarated, we will make shore at Hite Marina, where planes will be waiting to shuttle us back to Moab. The scenic flight will take us above the river and rapids we just experienced and we will see the National Park's intricate maze of canyons as few people do. It is a fitting way to end such a wonderful trip.
For more information, check out the Moab Music Festival website.