If you want white water you will have to go with Moab. Otherwise I would just go where the itinerary allows you the best time. Either one has great scenery.
Not sure Whitewater is super improtant. I was just curious which one was the better overall experience for 15, 11, 11, year olds.
Can't say what is the better overall experience. Depends on what you like, smooth water or whitewater. Page has a great smooth water rafts on Colorado River but less adventurous than the whitewater rafts. Also try Bluff, Utah for rafts on San Juan River.
As Kbecjeans has said. Scenery is breathtaking where ever you go.
I am just dying to do a river trip on the San Juan, I want the 7 day one where you check out the ruins and get all the way to Lake Powell....
Anyway, just so Buckgooner isn't confused there are smooth water trips from Moab as well. And again, I would go with the one that works best with the itinerary. Be sure to bring water toys/buckets for the water fights! Smooth water rafting is very relaxing (read can be boring for preteen and teenage boys).
I would suggest Moab, if only for the hotels (more of them!) and after the trip activities than anything else.
I, too would love to float the San Juan -- if only I had the time and the $.
Oh... we are hitting both Moab and Page. So it wont be an either or on which to visit.
I was just curious which had the better rafting trip.
Thanks for your input.
If water temps make any difference to you, you might want to think about rafting in Moab. The water below the dam comes from the very depths of Lake Powell, probably in the 40's at best. Water flowing by Moab will be in the low 60's during the summer months.
I have a variation on Buckgooner's question -
I have 2 days in between. Should I take it easy and stop at Page for a 'float trip' or is the whitewater at Moab worth the extra 3+ hours of driving each way?
The Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River can't be beat for a family raft trip especially for young boys. The Rapids are fun, the water is warm so there's plenty of swimming. Due to the width of the river the trip can be customized for each boat involved. The larger parts of the rapids can either be hit or missed depending on the passengers desires. There is also the option to have the more adventurous members of the group do the trip in inflatable kayak along side the guided rafts.
In addition the scenery is spectacular. There is a reason that over 100 movies and commercials have been shot along the rafting section.