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CNHA Westwater Canyon
Westwater Canyon

Westwater Canyon is the first whitewater stretch of the Colorado River in Utah. It is an exceedingly popular trip due to the Canyon's relative proximity to metropolitan areas (Grand Junction is forty minutes away, Salt Lake City is a four-hour drive), its classic desert scenery, and several challenging rapids. Westwater Canyon includes class IV rapids and is therefore only recommended for experienced boaters. As with any remote river segment, Westwater can be a very humbling and dangerous place if not treated with proper respect and ability.

Due to heavy recreational demand and to protect the primitive nature of the Canyon, permits are required year-round for private and commercial use. Between April 1st and September 30th, private use is limited to five permits or 75 people (whichever occurs first) per day; commercial use is limited during this period to 75 passengers per day. From October 1st through March 31st, private use is limited to nine permits or 150 people per day. Commercial use generally does not take place during this time period. Cllick here for information on how to obtain a private Westwater permit.

The Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is responsible for the management of Westwater Canyon. A contact station and ranger residence are located at the put-in. Westwater River Rangers are present to conduct permit and equipment checks, provide information, and to patrol the Canyon. There is no trash service but there is drinking water available at the Ranger Station. Please do not depend upon this water source for your trip's water needs as the system isn't always operational. The closest services (i.e., gas, telephone) are in Mack, CO and Thompson Springs, UT, both of which are located along I-70.

 



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