DETAILS: Rafting in Utah
GETTING THERE: Moab, Utah, is served by tiny Canyonlands Airport, with commuter flights from Denver. However, most travelers drive to the outdoor mecca from either Salt Lake City (230 miles) or Grand Junction, Colo. (113 miles). Connecting flights from Washington to Salt Lake start at $334 round trip; for Grand Junction, expect to pay more than $400.
STAYING THERE: Count on staying in one of Moab's many motels the night before you put in. Some of our group booked a room at the Red Stone Inn (535 S. Main, 800-772-1972, http:/
RAFTING THE COLORADO: Our five-day Cataract Canyon trip with World Wide River Expeditions (800-231-2769, http:/
TIPS: The Colorado runs highest in May and June, and water levels taper off with the snowmelt. You'll live in your swimsuit and river sandals, but also pack hiking boots, a river hat (all-around brim with string under the chin) and a fleece for nighttime.