July 26, 2012 - July 28, 2012, All Day
(all times are local to the event)
Green River, Utah
Join Sweet for a three day, two night rafting adventure down the MINI Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. All the beauty, none of the vastness. This segment of the Colorado River is the answer for the person who wants it all. It’s a stunningly beautiful way to leave the world behind you. We’ll enjoy the finest beaches on the Colorado as well as side canyons and campsites with amazing vistas.
Westwater’s rapids on this trip are created when the swift flowing Colorado River is forced through Granite Canyon, a narrow seam of polished black schist capped with red slickrock towers. Virtually unknown 30 years ago, Westwater Canyon has become a favorite choice for its pace, rhythm and intensity.
One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river. The typical itineraries below illustrate a 3-day trip through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.
Meet at headquarters, in Green River, Utah, before two-hour ride to the put-in at Loma. Float leisurely through the desert scenery of Ruby Canyon. For those interested, inflatable kayaks provide the opportunity to experience the river on a solo basis. A side hike up Rattlesnake Canyon reveals a variety of desert plants and wildlife. Camp at Black Rocks where thousand year old ebony colored schist provides the background setting.
Peaceful floating and more time in the inflatable kayaks before reaching Westwater Ranger Station. The river enters the narrow canyons that give Westwater the nickname, “the Little Grand.” Small rapids begin to materialize along the otherwise peaceful stretches of the Colorado. Camp at one of the many beaches within Westwater Canyon.
Encounter rapids of Westwater—one right after another—Hunter’s, Funnel Falls, Surprise and THE BIG ONE, Skull Rapid. Observe bald eagle, great blue heron and snowy egret habitats. Short trip back to Green River.