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Ages: 11 - 13

Dates: June 28 - July 1

Tuition: $1, 040

Challenge Level:  

River Runners

The snow is melting and the rivers are raging! River Runners will spend their week learning the skills needed to charge the rapids of our regional waterways. We’ll captain our own SUPs and inflatable duckies and learn the paddle techniques and terminology needed to safely read river features and navigate obstacles along the way. We’ll adventure deep into the desert for a multi-day self-support river trip on the Lower Gunnison River through Dominguez-Escalante Canyon, where we’ll spend our days paddling beneath the sandstone bluffs and hiking red rock canyons. On our layover day, we will search for ancient petroglyphs and beat the heat with plenty of time spent charging waves, finding secret swimming holes and sleeping out under the stars along pristine beaches. Join us on this wet and wild adventure with the legendary River Runners!

General Program Schedule:
Monday: Meet and greet! Learn about water safety and paddle technique. Flat water workshop, meal planning and packing 101.
Tuesday: Pack the van and head out for our double overnight. Drive to the put-in and launch the rio! Paddle to overnight camp spot.
Wednesday: Layover day! Day hikes and watering hole exploration. Relax on the shores of the Gunnison and take in the scenery.
Thursday: Last morning on the river. Big breakfast and paddle to take-out. De-rig, pizza and home!


*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

Click below to view sample itinerary
Surf the Gunni
Surf the Gunni

This is a SAMPLE itinerary. Activities may vary.

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