Colorado River Stand-Up Paddle Board Trips

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About This Trip

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The Colorado River stand-up paddle board trip is a great way to balance exercise with relaxation on the river. Choose your own adventure on a personal watercraft on the gentle parts of the river, or lounge on a raft and watch the canyon walls drift by. This four-day stand up paddle board 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 paddle boards and inflatable kayaks.  Off-river time includes expanded hiking opportunities and even some trail running if you’d like.

Additionally, we’ll be fully equipped with games to play and rich books to read if you feel like relaxing at camp.  On day three we get into the narrow section of the canyon where you can put your 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 thrumming whitewater
  • Ancient ruins and outlaw 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

Aug 15-18

Trip Slideshow

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Map

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The trip begins in Loma, Colorado, meandering through the sherbet-colored sandstone of Ruby Canyon. Downstream, the river crosses back into Utah and enters Westwater Canyon, cutting through the 1.7 billion-year-old basement rock of the Colorado Plateau. Shiny, black walls rise above the river and the rapids come in quick succession as the river squeezes through the narrow canyon. The take-out is just a few more miles downstream, right next to the fascinating wild west town of Cisco, Utah.

Itinerary

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River trips are changeable by nature. It's why Holiday's motto is "Go With the Flow"! The itinerary of each trip we run can change depending on weather, the interests of our passengers, campsite availability, and countless other variables. Below is a sample itinerary of what a four-day trip through Ruby and Westwater canyons could include.

Day One: Meet at our warehouse in Green River, Utah at 8:00 a.m., Mountain Time. We'll hand out your waterproof bags and you can pick up any last minute items from our store (do look at our packing checklist for a list of items we may have in stock). It's a two-hour van ride to the put-in at Loma, with a possible side trip to look at ancient Native American rock art. Once on the river, float on a raft, or paddle a stand-up paddle board or inflatable kayak through the unique desert scenery of Ruby Canyon. Examine the mud nests of cliff swallows or look for beavers along the river banks.

Day Two: Another beautiful day in Ruby will allow for ample time to hike, meditate, and continue floating through the beautiful surroundings that the canyon has to offer. Camp on a beach among juniper trees and 1.7 billion-year-old black schist.

Day Three: Go for a pre-breakfast hike to an overlook behind camp to watch the sunlight crawl over the canyon walls. Enjoy the last of the calm water before lunchtime, when we float out of Ruby and into Westwater Canyon. Rapids begin to emerge, a good challenge for more adventurous paddlers. Explore an old gold-miner's cabin and pull up to camp on a cozy beach deep within the black rock canyon.

Day Four: Wake up to the sound of whitewater. After a hearty breakfast, we'll roll up the inflatable stand-up paddle boards and kayaks and get ready for the main event: ten rapids, one right after another, within six miles of deep, narrow canyon. Once we emerge out the other side, try to catch a glimpse of Seldom Seen Arch, and watch for great blue herons on the shoreline. We'll eat lunch on the river and then continue downstream to the Cisco boat ramp, where our vans will be waiting. A 45-minute drive should have us back to Green River between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary. This is not an exact description of the trip you will go on, rather an outline of possible activities that you may experience. The best way to enjoy a trip is to arrive with an open mind, a flexible attitude, and a willingness to "Go With the Flow"!

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