Ruby-Horsethief Canyon

Choose your own desert adventure from a stand up board, kayak or raft.  Ruby-Horsethief is a beautiful class I-II section of the Colorado River, it carves through a mix of stunning red sandstone rock and black gneiss from the Precambrian era.  This 2 or 3 day trip is perfect for groups or families of all ages.

The Colorado River lays a unique thread of life through this desert canyon, the canyon provides habitat for many threatened and endangered species. Eagles nest in the cottonwoods. Brought back from the edge of extinction, Peregrine Falcons soar along the cliffs of Mee and Knowles Canyons. Keep your eyes peeled as you may also see some rare river otters and the reintroduced desert bighorn sheep.

(this trip is done in conjunction with Peregrine Outfitters.)


Day 1: 9am: Meet your guide staff at the Westwater Ranger Station which is the take out for Ruby Canyon .To get there from Interstate 70, take exit 227. Turn south at the stop sign and proceed for nine miles to the Ranger Station. From the ranger station, we will leave your personal vehicles and drive 30 minutes to the put-in at Loma

10am-4pm Float leisurely through the desert scenery of Ruby Canyon. For those interested, Stand-up Paddle Boards and Hardshell Kayaks provide the opportunity to experience the river from a new and much more exciting perspective. 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.

Day 2
10am-3pm. Peaceful floating and more time surfing the small waves in your Hardshell Kayak or Stand-Up Paddle Board.
3pm-4pm: return your vehicles in Loma.

3 Day trip: We will just spend more time learning how to kayak or stand -up paddle boarding and exploring the amazing side canyons of Ruby-Horsethief.

Here is a map of the meeting location at Westwater Ranger Station.