Expeditions was founded in 1964 when Canyonlands National
Park was set aside by the Department of the Interior. Our
founder was Mitch Williams. He was the son of the first
doctor in Moab. Doc Williams was an instrumental citizen
in promoting Arches National Monument’s change to
a National Park. Mitch understood the power of tourism with
land dedications to National and State Parks. Mitch waged
that visitors would require guidance to penetrate the intricacies
of Canyonlands National Park, so folks could “tag-a-long”
with this local to see the sites.
Bob Jones owned a motorcoach company
in Oregon. At that time Europe communicated business through
the telex and the motorcoach company accepted telex reservations
for Tag-A-Long Tours. Tag-A-Long Tours was doing an astounding
business with Europe and the motorcaoch company owner took
an interest in Tag-A-Long. When Mitch and Mary Williams
retired, Bob Jones took ownership.
Presently, Tag-A-Long Expeditions
provides guided jetboat, 4x4 and raft tours, as well as
services for folks who have an aptitude to do-it-yourself.
There are jetboat shuttles for self-guided canoe and mountain
bike trips and an assortment of rentals to support these
Tag-A-Long Expeditions premier
day tour combines a jetboat and 4x4 tour as only Tag-A-Long
can provide. Because Tag-A-Long is an early Moab outfitter,
a particular park permit was secured to enable our jetboat
to enter Canyonlands National Park to get deeper into Canyonlands
than any other outfitter providing this combination. Other
tours are forced to turn around at the park boundary and
double back. Tag-A-Long Expeditions rendezvous with a 4x4
in the park to eat lunch in the shade of the Tamarisk trees
at picnic tables. If you arrive at lunch by 4x4 you return
to town by jetboat and vice versa. Park entrance fee is
not included with this tour, yet many visitors are traveling
with National Park , Golden Eagle or Golden Age passes and
may use these for the immediate family of the card holder.
Otherwise expect to pay $5 per person.
Tag-A-Long Expeditions premier
multiple day trip is a motorized raft trip into Canyonlands
National Park through Cataract Canyon concluding on Lake
Cataract Canyon features the Colorado
River and 27 Grand Canyon – style rapids.
the spring run-off - the last two weeks of May and first
two weeks of June - the river is potentially at the height
of glory for thrill seekers. Later months, the water is
warmer and perfect for families with younger children. Pristine
beaches are our camps in the fall after the water has subsided
and the sandbars have dried out.
Tag-A-Long sets aside six days to row this hundred mile
river stretch and can shorten it with the motorized j-rig
to three or four days. The j-rig is the typical boat configuration
for motoring this length of trip in Cataract Canyon. The
2 ½ bridge pontoon was developed in the Tag-A-Long
boat yard in the 1970s. This type of craft has proven over
the years to be the most comfortable for guests enjoying
the shorter Cataract itinerary.
The Tag-A-Long j-rig raft has
a community ice chest that guests access at their choosing,
A canopy is erected for the 49 mile flatwater stretch of
river extending from Moab to the Confluence of the Colorado
River with the Green River. Guests may rotate into the sun
for tanning or take in the breeze in the shade. The ice
water decanter is an easy reach for refreshment if guests
chose not to bring additional beverages.
In camp, tables and chairs are
standard for the breakfast and dinner meals. Guests need
not sit on the dirt and balance a plate on the knee. Instead,
guests luxuriate over the meals. The menus were put together
by a joint effort of a five star Aspen, Colorado chef and
award winning whole foods author.
The rapids have to be experienced
to be appreciated. Guides indulge guests with stories of
previous river runners and the hardships encountered in
the exploratory days from 1869 to 1940s. Guide familiarity
now minimizes those things that have happened and could
happen on a river trip. A fairly universal orientation is
given on whitewater to educate participants on how to react
to particular whitewater features, minimizing panic which
can be the culprit for disarray.
The guide really makes the trip.
Besides being humorous and knowledgeable, a guide must be
a leader to anticipate, prevent, organize, advise and entertain.
Tag-A-Long Expeditions holds a monthly meeting whereby guides
take turns presenting topics to other staff to maintain
continuing education of the region. It is part of the Tag-A-Long
trust to expound on a wide range of topics of interest to
the visitor of Canyonlands National Park.
Visitors should stop by our office (nearly a historic landmark)
at 452 North Main Street and see why Tag-A-Long Expeditions
has been in business this long. We may be reached at 435-259-8946