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River Rafting Trips on the Western Section of the Colorado River

Hidden away in western Colorado and eastern Utah is an exceptional stretch of the Colorado River through Horsethief, Ruby and Westwater Canyons. Grand Jumction, Colorado is a jumping off point for many of these trips. Day long and multi-day overnight outings in this section begin with a leisurely float allowing you to unwind and enjoy the beauty and quiet of the desert canyon country. Side canyon stops allow for a tasty riverside lunch and short hikes to explore hidden splendor. As you float down the river the multicolored shades of red sandstone give way at river level to the area known as the Black Rocks. These formations are Precambrian; they are the oldest exposed rock in Colorado and Utah. As the Colorado River begins its decent into Westwater Canyon, the channel narrows, the Canyon walls climb and water quickens its pace. It is here that the rapids of Westwater offer the thrill of running some of the best whitewater in the region. Colorful names and exciting stories accompany these challenging rapids, especially Sock-It-To-Me, Funnel and Skull.

Rapid Classification: II-IV
Floating Season: April-October. Charter trips are available year round
Elevation: 4,300 feet at Westwater Ranch

Local attractions include Colorado National Monument (National Park Service), Grand Mesa National Forest, the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, 8 major wineries and more. The Grand Valley and the western Colorado area has something for everyone.

Trip Ratings Length Price More Info
Colorado River - Ruby Canyon 1,2 & 3 Days Class IMulti-day $325.00
Colorado River - Castle Valley Class II & IIIMulti-day $0.00
Colorado River - Cataract Canyon 3, 4, 5 & 7 Days Class III & IV & VMulti-day $770.00
Colorado River - Private Charter Trips Class III & IV & VMulti-day $95.00