Calling all new adventurers! Join Holiday for an intro to an overnight rafting trip through Ruby Horsethief on the Colorado River. Maybe you’ve gone camping before, but are new to river life. Maybe you’ve been on the river but haven’t camped before. Maybe you have younger children that are ready to dip their toes in the water but you don’t want to commit to a longer trip with whitewater. Whatever your experience level, this is the trip for you! We were all beginners at one time; our guides remember that and are here to make this trip easy for you. Join us for a three-day, two-night trip through Ruby and Horsethief Canyons where the water is calm, the campsites are splendid, and the beauty of the cliff walls is out of this world.
This 25-mile trip starts in southwestern Colorado just west of Colorado National Monument and slowly works its way back into Utah. This stretch of river welcomes us with stunning scenery and is teeming with wildlife! As we gently float downstream, keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, river otters, cliff swallows, and bald eagles. The flat water is perfect to recline on a raft or try your hand paddling one of our inflatable kayaks or stand-up paddleboards (hint: you can also kneel or sit!). When you’re ready to stretch your legs, we’ll stop at one of the many side canyons to explore – hike to find a hidden arch or even an indigenous rock art panel.
Campsites are right along the river. Don’t worry if you’re new to camping, we have all the amenities to ensure you have a comfortable experience, even while in the backcountry! Once we arrive at camp and unload the boats, your guides will give you an orientation to camp – all questions are welcome here, from how to set up your tent to where to go to the bathroom, we’re here to help you through every step of the process! Your guides will handle all the logistics and make sure you’re well-fed in your home away from home, so you’ll have time to explore, relax, and play. As night settles, marvel at the beauty of the night sky – watch for shooting stars and admire the Milky Way. Southern Utah is known for its dark skies – perfect for stargazing. Drift to sleep with the sounds of the river’s current lulling you to sleep.
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