What’s the Best Weather for Moab Rafting?
Moab’s river rafting is regarded as some of the best in the United States. Whether you’re looking at Westwater Canyon, Fisher Towers, or Labyrinth Canyon, there are a multitude of rafting expeditions that vary in scenery and difficulty. If you’re looking to make the most of your time in Moab, you’ll want to book a trip when the weather is optimal. So, if you’re planning on visiting, what’s the best weather for Moab rafting?
Peak Rafting Season
Like a lot of outdoor sporting activities, rafting in Moab has a peak season and an off-season. Not surprisingly, this peak rafting season aligns with the peak of general tourism in Moab, beginning around Spring Break in mid-March and stretching into late October. During this time, the city of Moab draws a lot of activity from tourists. This interval sees occasional spikes in visitor numbers, especially during the weekends of Easter and Labor Day.
So, during rafting season, when can you find the best weather for Moab rafting? It depends on what you’re looking for, but there are a few periods of time that are generally agreed upon as “the best.” If possible, see if you can book your trip for the beginning or the end of rafting season. Early spring is a good pick; tourism will not yet be at summer peaks, and temperatures in April and May tend to stay below 85 degrees on average.
Some activities may not be ready in early spring, though. If you find this to be the case as you plan your Moab trip, try mid-September to October instead. Crowds will start to dissipate by this point, and temperatures will usually be just slightly warmer than those in April and May. However, if you’re not afraid of high temperatures or big crowds, you can try and book your trip in June, July, or August. You’ll be glad that you’re on the river, as summer temperatures in Moab can easily breach 100 degrees. Even the average July temperature is a sweltering 99 degrees, so if your heart is set on summer rafting, bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
As with any trip, the more you plan things out, the smoother your journey will go. If you’re planning on going to Moab in the spring, consider that the Colorado River is fed by snowmelt. This may increase the size of the rapids you encounter while rafting – is this something you’re looking forward to, or something you’ll want to avoid? Also, decide whether or not overnight camping will be part of your journey, as nighttime temperatures in the desert can dip very low.
There’s a world of rafting options open to you. Once you’ve decided on your preference regarding the best weather for Moab rafting, get in touch with Canyon Voyages. We offer multiple rafting tours for all skill levels, and we’ll make sure you’re outfitted with the best equipment available. Contact us today!