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Canoe & Hike the Canyons of the Colorado River Hosted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters

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August 11 - 13, 2017

CMC Members: $394; $100 deposit to reserve seat*
Non-Members: $406; $100 deposit to reserve seat


*$374 if paid in full by April 15, 2017

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Trip Overview

You will canoe and camp beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone deposited during the age of the dinosaurs on this guided/outfitted Colorado River canoe trip through Ruby and Horsethief Canyons in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. In addition to canoeing, we plan on hiking in the canyons, playing in the river, relaxing, and enjoying camaraderie around the campfire. No prior canoeing or camping experience required. River is suitable for beginner paddlers.

Geologists travel from all over the world to visit these magnificent rock formations that are part of the Colorado River Plateau. Canoe through a landscape created over 260 million years ago when dinosaurs, not "cowboys," roamed the Wild West. Earth Science teacher, Ed Adams, will be available to answer your questions and point out interesting geologic mysteries. Ed's knowledge is value added to this beautiful canyon canoe trip.  

There will be two people per canoe. Solo travelers are most welcome and will be paired up with one of the guides or another solo traveler.

Your guides will cook all meals which may include such items as grilled salmon fillets, chicken stir fry, croissant deli sandwiches, blueberry pancakes, egg burritos, and wine with hors d’oeuvres. We will also have snacks such as protein bars and trail mix. We can accommodate a limited vegetarian and/or gluten-free menu with at least 1-week advance notice. All meals are provided, beginning with breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day. We encourage you to bring any food required to accommodate your special dietary needs and our guides will be happy to help prepare it.

This Wilderness Area offers several educational and fun opportunities:

1) Geology:  This area in the Colorado Plateau attracts geologists from all over the world & features two billion year-old sculpted, metamorphic rocks and some of the oldest basement rocks found in Colorado.

2) Astronomy: The wilderness night sky is unbelievably clear, allowing opportunities for viewing the constellations, Milky Way, etc.

3) Learn a new skill--canoeing: You will learn how to “read a river” with its currents & riffles. You will also learn how to work in tandem with a canoeing partner. You will learn the basic paddle strokes, and techniques on moving water such as “eddying out.”

4) Wildlife: There are numerous opportunities for viewing wildlife such as desert sheep, turquois collard lizards, river otter, black bear, and eagles.

5) History: Local western history legends abound in this area. Share your stories around the campfire.

6) Games & Laughs: Participate in Dead Fish Polo and of course there are always water fights. Sometimes we “barge up” the canoes together while floating down river for joke telling.

Reserve your spot today for $100! 

Activities / Difficulty

Canoeing is suitable for beginners; no experience necessary. There is 1 small rapid and some standing waves. Basic paddle strokes and safety protocols will be explained. Hiking is primarily flat through the canyon. This trip is intended for persons in reasonably good physical health and good mental health. You should be able to physically perform all activities associated with boating including, but not limited to, paddling, entering and exiting the boat under your own power, and carrying your personal gear to the campsite.

Pre-Trip Activities

There are numerous places of interest in the region that you could visit before or after your canoe trip by yourself. These are listed below and are not organized by Centennial Canoe: 1) Explore the Colorado National Monument south of Fruita, CO, 2)  Sample a variety of vineyards in Palisade and Grand Junction, CO, 3) Visit the Western History Museum and go on a dinosaur dig near Fruita, CO, 4) Go mountain biking, 5) Visit Arches National Park in Moab, UT, 6) Visit Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT, 7) Visit Dinosaur Hill in Fruita, CO, 8) Visit Glenwood Caverns and Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, CO, 9) Interested in history? Explore the Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum at Confluence Park, in Delta, CO, on the Gunnison River. Another option is the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, CO.


Colorado Mountain Club Sponsored Trip Hosted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters

Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc. will provide 2-3 guides. Head Guide has minimum 50 hours training, over 500 river miles, First Aid & CPR, & is qualified to lead river trips in CO.