Category Archives: Tubing

Virgin River Flash Flood Video

Mike and Seth caught some revealing footage of the Virgin River in scary flash flood mode as it carried a huge cottonwood tree down-river like an insignificant Poohstick. See how dark the water is? The color comes from the high load of silt, mud, and rock the river picks up in a flood event. 95% of the erosion in Zion happens in punctuated events like this, where sudden, heavy rains create high-volume, high-velocity river conditions that pick up tons and tons of sediment and move it downstream. Once the momentum gets going, all that debris can scour banks and displace large areas of sediment, replacing ankle-deep shallows with deep pools, and vice-versa. It’s super fun to explore the river after a flood event like this and try to find the best “new” swimming holes the flood has created. The guys filmed this footagee just above the Springdale River Park, where we pick up tubers at the end of their runs. Seems like tubing would be a little extreme with that amount of water and debris in the river, don’t you think? If you want to see a flash flood, I highly recommend a viewing it from a safe place like this, … Continue reading

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$2 Off Morning Tube Rentals

When I’m on vacation, it can be difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Wake up at 9 or 10, find some clothes to put on, saunter to breakfast… you know how it can be. But those are never my best days. The most memorable adventures usually follow early rise-n-shines, when I get up before the sun and squeeze everything I can out of the day. And our latest promotion is aimed to help you do just that… From now through September, morning tubers get $2 off their Virgin River tubing rental for making the herculean effort to roll out of bed early. Well, it’s not THAT early, but we’re encouraging baby steps here. Avoid cloudy afternoon thunderstorms and crowded afternoons on the river by coming in early to float the Virgin rive, score a discount, and make lots of time for an awesome hike or guided trip in the afternoon. Helping you enjoy tubing in Zion since 2006!

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Virgin River Tubing Now Available to Most 6 Years and Up

The flow of the Virgin River continues to impress guests and provide a hoot of a time! The river has slowed down a bit since last week and is now accessible for guests ages 6+ AND 80 lbs. and up, enabling many more families to engage the river adventure. Do not be fooled by the slowing river, however, as it still not a “lazy river” and features several stretches of attention-demanding rapids. The lowering water level has been revealing more and more obstacles, including rocks, roots, and trees, so navigating the winding flow requires keen judgement, awareness, and mobility. Don’t be discouraged, though: the ride is thoroughly enjoyable and absolutely perfect for a cool down during these scorching July days! Since we float the river each morning, we know the river conditions with ridiculous detail. The float is currently lasts an enjoyable hour and fifteen minutes to complete, give or take 15 minutes for a splash fest or sun/shade break. We do trash clean-up every morning, so the river banks are more or less pristine; please help us keep it this way be packing out all your trash and keeping your flip-flops at home (they commonly fall off and litter the … Continue reading

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High Adventure Tubing Season Begins in Springdale

On Friday, the mighty Virgin River slowed enough to commence High Adventure Tubing season. The fast-paced, 2-mile river run is full of unknown thrills and sure to produce memorable stories for anyone willing to take the journey. The trip currently takes just 50 minutes (the same stretch takes 90 – 120 minutes at lower water levels) and reveals a wealth of excitement and refreshingly brisk water. We offer High Adventure Tubing for individuals ages 18+ whom are ready for a wild ride. This is not lazy-day tubing suited for your great-aunt Betty; exposed rocks, roots, and logs create obstacles along the way, making mobility, awareness, and a positive attitude essential skills in navigating the Virgin’s swift flow. The trip is ideal for anyone seeking to cool off from Zion’s scorching rays while enjoying an active, physical, and exciting float on the Virgin through the heart of Springdale. For each of the past several mornings, the tube squad and I have geared up and floated the river to monitor conditions and better learn each twist, turn, and rapid.  Even for us tubing masters (hahaha), it’s difficult to make it down the whole way without at least one or two quick spills into … Continue reading

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