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River Runners

Ages: 11 - 13
Dates: July 5 - 14 *No camp on Monday, July 4th
Tuition: $2,800
Overnights: 6

Challenge Level:  

A new twist on our River Runners program sends us into the depths of majestic canyons to float two of our favorite rivers! River Runners will spend two weeks learning the skills needed to charge the rapids of our regional waterways. We’ll captain our own inflatable duckies and learn the paddle techniques and terminology needed to safely read river features and navigate obstacles along the way. Our first week takes us deep into the desert for a multi-day self-support river trip on the Lower Gunnison River and Dominguez-Escalante Canyon. We will spend our days paddling beneath the sandstone bluffs and hiking red rock canyons. On our layover day we will even search for secret swimming holes! During our second week, we’ll drive down to Bluff, Utah where we will launch the San Juan River for a three day, two night river trip with Wild Expeditions. Our expert guides will take us to hidden ruins and ancient rock art sites that are only accessible by water craft. We’ll hear ample stories about ancestral pueblo culture and the history of the sacred San Juan before taking out and heading home.  We’ll celebrate with tacos on the way back to Telluride and grant sweet goodbyes to all the wonderful and new friends we’ve made! Join us on this wet and wild adventure with the legendary River Runners!
Program Itinerary

Week 1: 

Tuesday-Friday: Program departs on Tuesday

Tuesday: Meet and greet! Moving Water Workshop with boating directors. Pack up, grocery shop and camp near the put-in.

Wednesday: Big breakfast! Rig the boats and launch the Gunnison River! Paddle to your base camp.

Thursday: Layover day. Side canyon hikes, swimming holes, "board games" and river celebration!

Friday: Last morning on the river. Pack up camp and paddle to the take-out. Final celebration before heading back to Telluride for parent pick-up.

Week 2:

Monday - Thursday: Program departs on Monday

Monday: Hello, again! Pack up the van and depart for Bluff, Utah. Camp at Sand Island!

Tuesday: Launch the San Juan River with Wild Expeditions! Camp along the shores. 

Wednesday:  Explore hidden ruins and ancient rock art on side hikes led by local guides. 

Thursday: Take-out and celebrate with tacos! Drive home and say goodbye. Thanks for a great program!

*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

This is a NEW program!
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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.

Attending this program makes you eligible for our 2023 NOLS partnership expedition to ALASKA! Click the logo to learn more about Expedition Academy and our upcoming partnership with NOLS!