The mighty Colorado River winds its way through Utah, passing along the border of Arches National Park and running right through Canyonlands National Park. The river is often inaccessible to park guests, who spend a lot of time looking down at it from 1,000 feet above. Immerse yourself in the vibrant canyons of this area when you take a jet boat tour with Canyonlands by Night and Day – a tour company that will take you right down the Colorado River.
Canyonlands by Night and Day offers all kinds of excursions in the national parks and surrounding areas, but for a truly spectacular show, sign up for the Sound and Light Show Jet Boat Tour.
Your adventure starts with a delicious chuckwagon Dutch oven dinner at the company’s headquarters about two miles north of Moab.
Your meal starts with a salad bar, then includes BBQ beef, chicken, or pork, cowpoke potatoes, baked beans, vegetables, corn, and homemade rolls. You’ll also dig into a delicious dessert and enjoy unlimited soft drinks.
After dinner, it’s time to strap on a life jacket and hop aboard the Moab Queen II! The tour starts right around sunset, so as you start to make your way down the river, you’ll see some glorious sunset skies.
It’s a good idea to bring a jacket, since it tends to get chilly at night. Guests ages four and older are welcome.
Your river guide is very knowledgeable about the Colorado River and the canyon’s history, and will narrate stories that take you through time, from the early Spanish Conquistadors to Native Americans to Mormon pioneers.
It’s dark out there, so the walls of the canyon are illuminated by 40,000-watt light beams that highlight the beauty of your surroundings. Accompanying music adds to the atmosphere, too.
Of course, the natural light show above is also worth seeing, so you’ll float along under the stars for a bit, too.
Dinner lasts about an hour, and the tour is two hours long, so plan on a total of three hours for this epic adventure. This amazing historic tour shows you the Colorado River like never before!
Visit the Colorado By Night tour company’s website for more info and to book your stay, and follow its Facebook page to see the latest!
When you visit Canyonlands National Park, take the white-knuckle drive on the White Rim Road – it’s spectacular!
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