Canyon Flow

Ages: 12 - 14

Dates: August 5 - 9

Tuition: $1,130
Overnights: 3

Challenge Level:  

Grab your surf board and your paddle and prepare for an epic Colorado surf trip! This week-long SUP’ing Adventure (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) is a perfect program for beginner and shredder alike. We will spend our first day together with the Academy’s boating director on the shores of a local lake for some basic instruction and terminology before spending a quality paddle session getting familiar with strokes and techniques for both flat and moving water. The next day we’ll load up our boards and our overnight gear and head for the put-in for the Ruby Horsethief section of the Colorado River. Once here, we’ll pack our dry bags and our support boat before we paddle into the rugged beauty of the wild canyon walls. Here is where we will find our FLOW. Our surf tribe will spend three days navigating the slow twists and turns of the canyon as we perfect our techniques, work on our core strength and play “board games” down the canyon. We’ll have a Rocky Mountain Luau during our final overnight on one of the remote beaches of this magical high desert wilderness and wake in the morning for a sunshine filled paddle to the take-out. Surfs Up Colorado!
General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and greet! Moving Water Workshop with boating directors, meal planning, and packing 101.
Tuesday: Pack up the van for our triple overnight and drive to the put-in. Launch the Ruby Horse Thief section of the Colorado River. Paddle to beach side camp.
Wednesday: Paddle, Paddle, Paddle! Spend the day floating through the winding canyon and charging rapids. Set up camp and enjoy backcountry cuisine under the bright night sky.
Thursday: Layover day. Side canyon hikes, "board games" and river celebration!
Friday: Last morning on the river. Paddle to take- out. De-rig the boats and have a taco celebration on the way back to Telluride for parent pick-up. Hugs and high fives!

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.


*River trips are dependent on water levels, weather and ability  and are subject to change

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This is a SAMPLE itinerary from a previous summer. Specific activities will vary from year to year.
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