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Gunnison River Canoe Trip


May 29 -June 1, 2020

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Canoeing in Colorado on the Gunnison River will spark your sense of
adventure with opportunities for hiking and exploring, floating in your canoe and camping along the river’s edge. During this Colorado canoe trip, you will be dwarfed by high walls of red sandstone and shale deposited during the age of the dinosaurs.  These canyons in the Colorado Plateau are truly magnificent and not soon forgotten. Massive cottonwoods stand on many river bends supporting the huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles. You may hike into Dominguez Canyon, Colorado’s newest designated Wilderness Area, one of the most beautiful stops on the river. Hiking into the canyon will reveal deep, cool swimming holes, waterfalls and many ancient Indian petroglyphs. This 2-day river trip (May 30th & May 31st) is 31 miles filled with beauty and adventure!
What better way to celebrate the beginning of Summer, than a trip on the river! Unplug and enjoy creating lasting memories with family and friends on this Summer Kickoff trip! If you have ever wanted to try an overnight river trip, this is the perfect beginning trip to start your river rat journey!

We will meet at the Escalante Canyon Bridge Friday Night May 29th, camp at put-in spot in tent or sleep in car.  Bring snacks & libations to share around the campfire for our upcoming Adventure!
Day 1: (Saturday May 30th - 6:30 am)  Meet your guide staff at the designated put-in at Escalante Canyon Bridge, located 35 miles south of Grand Junction, CO and start packing your dry bags and loading the gear in the canoes.
After breakfast, each car owner will drive his vehicle to our private parking location at the Whitewater take-out.  Centennial Canoe will shuttle all drivers back to the put-in meeting point.  This generally takes approximately one hour.  While the shuttle is being run, everyone else will be packing gear and preparing to paddle when the drivers return.  Upon their arrival to the put-in our guides will demonstrate paddling instructions and safety issues before launching. Shortly after launching, you will begin paddling past the towering red sandstone walls of Escalante Canyon.
Enjoy the thrill of paddling through Hail Mary’s Rapid (or you can choose to skirt around the side). Paddle downriver until approximately noon and enjoy lunch on the river’s edge, maybe catching a glimpse of an eagle or a desert sheep.
After lunch, continue paddling and having water fights (optional) until roughly 3 p.m. You will make camp near the ancient red sandstone walls of Dominguez Canyon (depending on campsite availability).
Late afternoon on the first day is devoted to setting up your tent and possibly taking a short hike, relaxing, playing, or floating in the river.
Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. where hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.
Dinner is served around 7 p.m. followed by campfire activities that may include games, singing, western tall tales, or guitar playing.
Day 2: (Sunday May 31st)  The middle day will often be a layover day devoted to hiking the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area (depending on campsite availability).  Here you can discover ancient Indian petroglyphs and waterfalls, cool off and play in the water pools, and see wildlife.  Many times lunches will be packed for the hike so you can explore this multi-million year old canyon to your heart’s content. Other activities during the day may include playing in the river, floating through a stretch of rippling water, and/or relaxing in camp.  However, your guides may choose to move downriver on the second day. Factors that influence this decision are weather, pace of the group, campsite availability, etc.
Day 3: (Monday June 1st): You will break down camp after a hearty breakfast and paddle out of the majestic Dominguez Canyon where the scenery begins to turn much greener with vegetation.
After numerous water fights, river barging, joke telling, and just having good fun, you typically reach the Whitewater takeout between 2-4 p.m. after lunch on the last day of the trip. It takes about an hour to unpack gear, and then you're on your way home.

Friday, May 29, 2020 to Monday, June 1, 2020
Gunnison, CO  
Additional Info:
Josy Aladin
Dianne Anderson
Curtis Cloutier
William Dearing
Eric Esau
David Gazinski
Rusty Grout
Colleen Harrison
Kathleen Heese
Brad Hitt
Trip Leader
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Cynthia Kenner
Kathy Kinnard
Christine Lukasik
Marilyn McMahon
James Moldane
Janet Moore
Lorna G Rein
Corinna Robert
Derek Taylor
Kevin Trinkaus
John Unruh
Summer Trip
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