Potash to Spanish Bottom, Colorado River Trip

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Potash to Spanish Bottom

The Potash Dock to Spanish bottom section of the Colorado river is a great option for those who want to spend a few days enjoying the river, but don’t want to navigate intense whitewater. Boaters of all ages and ability levels will enjoy this float. Read More

  • 49 miles (typically 2-3 days)
  • Easy flat water float
  • Put-In: Potash boat ramp


This multi-day trip over serene flat water provides a relaxing introduction to the Colorado River. For thrill seekers, this is the warm up to Cataract Canyon, one of the most challenging stretches of white water in the United States. The time of your trip will vary depending on your craft. Assume 20 miles per day in a canoe or 15 miles per day in a raft.

Boaters take note: This float travels past the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers. Passed this junction, the river undergoes a significant change in flow. Expect a stronger current and eddies. Do not continue passed the Spanish Bottom Takeout as you will encounter extreme white-water.


The put-in for this trip is at the Potash Boat ramp 20 miles south of Moab.


  • Distance: 49 miles
  • Average Time of Trip: 2 – 3 days
  • Difficulty: Easy flat-water float
  • Put In: Potash boat ramp
  • Take Out: Spanish Bottom

Plan & Prepare

  • River running season in Utah coincides with the hottest part of the year. Remember to pack plenty of water and sunscreen. Additional protection from the sun, including hats and light long sleeve shirts are advised.
  • Remember to always wear a life jacket.
  • Make sure to arrange a shuttle vehicle in advance. If need be, many local companies will shuttle you back to Moab for a fee.
  • There are no toilet facilities located on this section of the river. All solid human waste must be carried out. Commercial porta-potty toilet systems are allowed.
  • There are no designated campsites on this section of the river. The Bureau of Land Management strongly adivses you camp on the sand bars to minimize environmental impact.
  • You will need a permit to run this section of the river. Call (435) 259-4351 for details.