- Activity Type:
- 2 Days
Often called a miniature Grand Canyon this segment of the Colorado River is the answer for the person who only has three days but wants it all...world-class whitewater and a wilderness canyon so stunningly beautiful you'll have no choice but to leave the world behind.
A century ago pioneer river explorers Thane Galloway and John Wesley Powell developed two distinctive rowing styles. Your guides will employ both to meet the challenge of Westwater's rapids. Galloway's forward-facing style will be used in most of the rapids that demand precise boat placement, including Funnel Falls and Sock-it-to-me. Powell's reverse style is used for Skull rapid where a powerful thrust is required to break through a diagonal wave feeding right into Skull Hole.
On selected dates we combine our Westwater river trip with a two day stay at historic Rock Creek Ranch. Acessed by a short flight into the Tavaputs platueau, Rock Creek Ranch is nestled among remote alpine forests and rolling meadows. Daily activities include horseback riding, hiking, four-wheeling and simply relaxing in the outdoors.
|Pack bags at river headquarters in Green River, Utah before ride to Westwater Ranger Station. Relaxing float to Little Hole Canyon's natural amphitheater where shards of Indian pottery can be seen. In favorable conditions a short hike up Little Dolores Canyon reveals a beautiful desert waterfall and swimming hole. Camp near Little Dolores.|
|Leisurely breakfast before rapids of Westwater. Rapids, one right after another, Marble, Staircase, Hunter's, Funnel Falls, and Surprise . . . lead to Skull Rapid, one of the Colorado's fiercest drops. Finish with Bowling Alley, Sock-it-to-me and Last Chance.|