On the river, you will learn both the basics and the fine points of managing a paddle raft through some of the best whitewater in the West, as well as minimum-impact camping underneath the pristine night skies of Southern Utah. You will paddle a raft, descend through a deep canyon filled with both calm and wild water, and often stop to explore many awe-inspiring viewpoints.
Desolation/Gray Canyons on the Green River, Utah – When legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang needed to escape from the eyes of pursuing posses, they would head to the vast and beautiful wilderness of Desolation Canyon. Midway through its journey through Utah, the Green River flows through Desolation Canyon, a truly wild location where spectacular rock formations, impressive ancient rock art, and abandoned 19th century ranches await explorers. At its greatest depth, Desolation Canyon plunges to carve a gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon. Desolation and Gray Canyons offer a perfect blend of fun and challenging rapids with off river hikes to jaw-dropping destinations.
On the river, most of each day is spent learning to recognize and navigate various obstacles and hazards in the river. Your instructors will introduce you to the most important elements of the wilderness lifestyle: environmental stewardship; outdoor cooking; first aid; natural history of the river canyons; and rafting skills. You and your companions will work to become a team maneuvering your raft through Class II & III rapids. Between rapids are flat-water sections where you build your skills and muscle. As you travel the river, you will stop along the way to explore side trails, canyons and historic or geologic points of interest. These hikes will take you through rough terrain to incredible, remote places that are only accessible by river travelers. The hikes are always well worth the effort to see both Ancient and turn of the century artifacts as well as stunning natural beauty.
NOTE: While rafting itself - riding down a rapid - is not as physically challenging an activity as backpacking, you do need to be adequately fit to paddle aggressively and to enter and exit the raft (you should be able to get out of a swimming pool without using a ladder). You should also know that hiking is an almost daily element of the course.
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