Be a part of this unique lunar adventure as we paddle the mighty Colorado River. We’ll be spending our days flowing through the rugged beauty of the Ruby Horsethief canyon. Students will work with the Academy’s passionate and certified boating staff to rig and pack boats along with their own personal dry bags. Instruction will be given and reinforced on proper paddling techniques, how to read river currents as well as safe and effective ways of communicating and working together on the water. Our river days will be spent exploring side canyons, preparing big backcountry meals and long leisurely paddles on the water. Evenings will be spent at beach-side base camps where sand, swimming and shady retreats will be in ample supply and each day will end with desert sunsets and moon-lit evenings. Boaters will perfect their paddling techniques on this Full Moon River and learn the fundamentals for a lifetime of running rivers!
General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and greet! Learn about water safety and paddle techniques. Meal plan and pack for the week.
Tuesday: Pack up the van and hit the road. Group shop in Montrose before launching the river and paddling to our first overnight campsite on the shores of the Colorado!
Wednesday: Paddle, paddle, paddle! Float 10 miles to second campsite. Enjoy stunning scenery of towering canyon walls and massive cottonwood trees.
Thursday: Layover day! Hike through the side canyons and play "board games" by the water.
Friday: Last morning on the river. Big breakfast before loading the boats and paddling to the take-out. De-rig, pizza party and home! 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. Specific activities will vary.
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A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.
Important Notes: Students will be on the river for most of this program. Though PFDs will be worn on the water, students should be confident swimmers and feel comfortable around moving water.