- Activity Type:
- 3 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.
Inside tips on booking Westwater...it's our most popular trip so book early. The three day trip offers more river for your dollar and the opportunity to go one-on-one with the Colorado River in an inflatable kayak. Westwater: the ultimate all-American, three-day weekend.
|Meet at headquarters, in Green River, Utah before two-hour ride to the put-in at Loma. Float leisurely through the desert scenery of Ruby Canyon. For those interested, inflatable kayaks provide the opportunity to experience the river on a solo basis. A side hike up Rattlesnake Canyon reveals a variety of desert plants and wildlife. Camp at Black Rocks where thousand year old ebony colored schist provides the background setting.|
|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.|
|Encounter rapids of Westwater--one right after another--Hunter's, Funnel Falls, Surprise and . . . THE BIG ONE: Skull Rapid. Observe bald eagle, great blue heron and snowy egret habitats. Short trip back to Green River.|