Utah Rafting Weather

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Southeast Utah is part of the Colorado Plateau, a “high desert” region that experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes over 40 degrees in a single day.

When visiting Utah for a river rafting trip, it’s important to be prepared for the various weather conditions that might be present. Many times during the summer it will be sunny and warm, however there are times that we might see occasional rainstorms or cooler temperatures.

The weather forecast provided is a general reference but is not specific based on the full area of rafting on the river. We recommend that you bring a rain suit that is two pieces and have it packed with your day items so that it is readily available for such weather conditions. We also recommend packing a hat to keep you more protected from the sun.

The following charts show averages of what to expect during the Utah Rafting season. Water temperatures for the river typically average 60-70 degrees.

Cataract Canyon Weather Stats

Month Average High Average Low EXTREME HIGH EXTREME LOW Average Precip (in.)
April 64 34 91 16 0.76
May 73 46 101 23 0.71
June 87 58 109 32 0.50
July 92 62 111 38 1.15
August 90 60 108 36 0.92
September 82 60 108 28 0.69
October 68 51 94 -6 1.00

Green River, Utah Weather Stats

Month Average High Average Low Average Precip (in.)
April 71 37 0.52
May 81 46 0.58
June 91 54 0.34
July 98 61 0.54
August 94 59 0.79
September 70 36 0.7
October 68 51 0.76


The temperate (and most popular) seasons are spring (April through May) and fall (mid-September through October), when daytime highs average 60 to 80 F and lows average 30 to 50 F.

Summer temperatures often exceed 100 F, making strenuous exercise difficult. Late summer monsoon season brings violent storm cells which often cause flash floods.

Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F, and lows averaging 0 to 20 F. Though large snowfalls are uncommon (except in nearby mountains), even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable.

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