Calling all boaters! Join us on this unique solstice adventure as we paddle the famous and mighty Colorado River. We’ll spend this special week flowing through the rugged beauty of the Ruby Horsethief Canyon. Students will work with the Academy’s passionate and qualified boating staff to rig and pack their own individual watercrafts. Instruction will be given and reinforced on proper paddling techniques and how to read river currents as well as safe and effective ways of communicating and working together on the water. Our river days will be spent exploring side canyons, preparing big backcountry meals and enjoying long leisurely paddles on the water. Evenings will be spent at beach-side base camps where sand, swimming and shady retreats will be in ample supply and each day will end with desert sunsets and moon-lit evenings. Boaters will ring in the summer solstice by perfecting their paddling techniques and embracing the tranquil peace of the river on the longest days of the year!
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.
Monday-Friday, triple overnight begins on Tuesday
Monday: Getting to know you! River safety and paddling technique workshop. Meal planning and packing 101.
Tuesday: Pack up the van and hit the road. Group shop in Montrose before launching the river and paddling to our first overnight campsite on the shores of the Colorado!
Wednesday: Paddle, paddle, paddle! Float 10 miles to second campsite. Enjoy stunning scenery of towering canyon walls and massive cottonwood trees.
Thursday: Layover day! Hike through the side canyons and play “board games” by the water.
Friday: Last morning on the river. Big breakfast before loading the boats and paddling to the take-out. De-rig, pizza party and home! Hugs and high fives.
*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
2023 CAMP DATES:
- June 19 – 23