Colorado River Canoe
Colorado River Canoe
Friday October 20 - Sunday October 22, 2017
10/20 8:00am - 10/22 9:00pm
Spending two days canoeing on the Colorado River through the canyons just south of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, while meeting new people and sharing this incredible experience is something to remember for a lifetime! This three-day excursion includes all canoe rentals, transportation, reservations, and food for the weekend. Our first day will be a fun road trip to our campsites, stopping along the way at the Hoover Day. The next day at Willow Beach, the group will paddle upstream with everything they need to canoe and camp overnight secured in dry bags for the journey to the campsite. Along the way there will be towering canyons, rock cliffs, and hot springs. Although the paddle may be tough, the journey comes with experiences that make it all worth it!
About the Trip & Itinerary
Friday (Day 1): All participants arrive at 8am in the ARC at PLNU to get checked in and load gear into the van. The majority of this day will be spent driving to the first campsite (it is roughly an 8 hour drive) before launching in the canoes on Saturday morning. Along the way the vans will stop for lunch and at the famous Hoover Dam. The goal is to reach the campground by dinnertime and enjoy a hearty dinner around the campfire in good company while enjoying the stars.
Saturday (Day 2): Rising for an early start on the river, it’s time to pack up personal and group gear into dry bags to put in the canoes. After some instruction on paddling, safety, and getting situated into the canoes it’s time to hit the water! We will paddle approximately 8 miles upstream to our camping destination. Although it is “upstream,” the water flow is controlled by the Hoover Dam and is typically flowing at a low rate during the day and increases the flow during the late afternoon/evening. Once reaching the hot springs and campground, it’s time to explore! There is a natural hot spring at our campsite we will get the chance to check out once we're settled. Camp dinner will be served before enjoying the star-lit sky, with maybe a soft glow from the direction of Las Vegas.
Sunday (Day 3): Waking up from a well-deserved night’s sleep, Sunday includes waking up for breakfast followed by our paddle downstream while enjoying the flow and calmness of the river in the morning. Going at a steady pace, the group should reach the launching point by lunchtime where it’s time to change into some comfortable car clothes, eat a quick lunch, and hit the road! Expect to stop for dinner along the way and return to PLNU by 9:00pm.
Price >> $120.00
Canoeing upstream is not for the faint of heart. On day one of canoeing, the group will be paddling approximately 8 miles upstream. Although upstream may sound daunting, the flow is controlled by the Hoover Dam and the majority of the water is released in the late afternoon and evening. By the time the dam releases in full flow, the group will have already stopped to set up camp for the evening. It will be a full 2 days of paddling, but is definitely doable for anyone with a good attitude looking for an awesome and adventurous weekend! The second day will be all downstream and should only take approximately half of the day. This is one of our more physically challenging trips due to the length and time of paddling, but everyone that has come along has absolutely loved this trip!
Fitness Rating: 4 out of 5 difficulty
Safety & Risk Management
Safety is a very important key factor during this trip. Canoeing all day in the sun, it is important to remember sun protection and proper hydration. Another important factor is the water temperature; it ranges in the 50s and is a refreshing cool down swim, but not warm enough to stay in for extended periods of time due to risk of hypothermia. There will be no cliff jumping on this trip due to the high risk of injury.