Multiple Day Rafting Trips

Colorado River: Ruby/Horsethief Canyons

Rapids Classification: I

This trip is perfect for anyone who wants a leisurely pace, or the person who would enjoy hiking the remote side canyons of McInnis Canyons National Conservation area, paddling an inflatable kayak, bird watching, or just plain relaxing!

Float past towering sandstone cliffs, visit Fremont Indian pictographs and petroglyphs in McDonald Canyon Cultural Resource Area, and enjoy hearty meals prepared by your multi-talented guides.

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Colorado River: Westwater Canyon

ONE AND TWO DAYS

Rapids Classification: III

Wild, historic Westwater Canyon is the best overnight whitewater trip on the Colorado Plateau.

As the river flows west, it cuts deep into the geologic past exposing the oldest rocks of the Colorado Plateau, the Precambrian Uncompahgre schist. This sculpted, polished black rock constricts the river channel, forcing calm water into a number of rapids, drops, and whirlpools.

Names such as Skull, Sock-It-To-Me, Funnel Falls and the Room of Doom reveal the mood of the river in this section.

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Ruby/Horsethief and Westwater Canyons

THREE DAYS / TWO NIGHTS

Rapids Classification: I-III

Sometimes two days on the river just isn’t enough. For the ultimate river trip, combine the beauty and serenity of Horsethief and Ruby Canyons with the heart-thumping Class III rapids of Westwater Canyon. Over 47 miles of river are covered on this journey.

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Gunnison River:

ESCALANTE AND DOMINGUEZ CANYONS
TWO DAYS / ONE NIGHT

Rapids Classification: II

The Escalante and Dominguez Canyons section is named after the first Europeans to explore the area 1776.

The Gunnison River is Colorado’s second largest river; only the Colorado River is larger. Enjoy the magic and solitude while floating through a brilliant canyon of red sandstone.

A hike up Dominguez Canyon offers the opportunity to search for panels of Indian petroglyphs and look for the magnificent desert bighorn sheep.

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Dolores River: Paradox and Mesa Canyons

THREE DAYS / TWO NIGHTS

Rapids Classification: I-III

Historic sites abound on this stretch of the Dolores River; the Bedrock store built in 1898, abandoned gold mines and the remains of a 19th century wooden flume hanging from the canyon wall.

This run has much variety. Cutting across the Paradox Valley, the river defies logic in the first few miles of this river journey.

The river then slices into the north wall of the valley to enter Paradox Canyon, with several Class III to Class IV rapids. The remainder of this trip is spent relaxing and playing in the Class II rapids of beautiful Mesa Canyon.

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Rapid Classifications

Easy

Small waves, clear passages

Medium

Clear passages, irregular waves

Difficult

Numerous waves, rocks, eddies and narrow passages

Very Difficult

Powerful waves, numerous rocks, difficult passages, precise maneuvering required

Extremely Difficult

Long and violent rapids in quick succession, violent currents, steep gradients

Unrunnable

Not attempted by commercial outfitters

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