Colorado River Stand-Up Paddle Board Trips

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About This Trip

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This four day trip through Ruby and Westwater Canyons offers a variety of on and off river activity.  We’ll spend two days in scenic Ruby Canyon where you can swim and play to your heart's content on Stand-up Paddleboards and inflatable kayaks.   Off river time includes expanded hiking opportunities and even some trail running if you’d like. We’ll also be fully equipped with games to play and rich books to read if you're relaxing at camp.   On day three we get into the narrow section of the canyon where you can put you skills to work in some small class II rapids. On the last day we’ll put away the boards and kayaks for an exciting passage through the class III and IV rapids of Westwater Canyon.  This is a great late summer trip with warm water, quiet days and colorful sunsets. Your guides will prepare delicious riverside meals, share their knowledge of the canyon with you and lead the way through famous rapids of Westwater Canyon.

Trip Overview

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Location: Colorado River - Westwater Canyon
Type: Rafting
Length: 4 Days
Dates: July - September
Meet At: Green River, UT 8:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 8
Deposit: $300

Highlights

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  • Long stretches of mellow flat-water to practice your skills
  • Delicious meals to fuel you after playin' on paddle boards
  • Black-rock canyons taking you into the drumming whitewater
  • Ancient ruins & settler hide-outs along the way!

Trip Price & Departure Dates

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4-Day

Adult - $840

Youth - $780 (18 & under)
Senior - $780 (65 & older)
Group - $780 (10 or more)

$20 BLM Fee

2019 Trip Dates

July 18-21
Aug 15-18

Trip Slideshow

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Map

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Westwater Canyon cuts its teeth through black-rock canyons in Southern Utah, due North East of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  Start in rural Colorado at the Loma boat ramp; then finish your trip at a take-out near the wild-west ghost town of Cisco.

Itinerary

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One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary.  It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river.  The typical itineraries below illustrate a 3-day and a 2-day trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.

Day One:  Meet at our headquarters (8:00 a.m., Mountain Time), we will issue your waterproof bags.  You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of items you can find at our store). We will then jump in the vans for a two-hour ride to the put-in at Loma.   Float leisurely through the desert scenery of Ruby Canyon.  A side hike up Rattlesnake Canyon reveals a variety of desert plants and wildlife. For those interested, inflatable kayaks or stand up paddle boards provide the opportunity to experience the river on a solo basis.

Day Two:  Another beautiful day in Ruby will allow for ample time to hike, meditate, or explore the beautiful surroundings that the canyon has to offer. Camp at Black Rocks where thousand year old black schist provides a stunning background setting.

Day Three:  Peaceful floating and more time in the inflatable kayaks before reaching Westwater Ranger Station.  The river enters the narrow canyons that give Westwater the nickname, “the Little Grand”. Small rapids begin to materialize along the otherwise peaceful stretches of the Colorado.  Camp at one of the many beaches within Westwater Canyon.

Day Four: Gear up for rapids–one right after another–Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, Surprise and the big-names: Skull and Sock-it-to-me.  Observe bald eagle, great blue heron and snowy egret habitats in the meandering flat-water below. Enjoy a short trip back to Green River. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

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