Ruby/Horsethief (generally referred to as "Ruby") is the perfect opportunity for groups who are looking to experience a comfortable introduction to desert multi-day river expeditions.

In Ruby Canyon, the mighty Colorado River moves away from I-70, and enters a true wilderness area with beautiful red sandstone walls and rock spires that house desert animals and birds including bighorn sheep, black bear, bald eagles, and vultures.  The water is warm as it flows through Ruby Canyon in late summer, and the gentle flows encourage Ruby explorers to spend as much time in the water as they do on it.  

When you come to shore, there are several opportunities for hikes that lead to ancient petroglyphs and interesting side canyons offering incredible hands-on opportunities to study the unique desert ecosystem.  The famed "Black Rocks" section provides the ultimate desert playground - full of unique, black schist that has been sculpted by over a billion years of wind and water, hollowing out great spots to climb on, over, under, and through - or just sit back with your river journal to record the day's highlights.  

Ruby is the place for groups more interested in tranquility than whitewater thrills, and for whom a welcoming introduction to the desert river life is calling.  

RUBY / HORSETHIEF Itinerary INCLUDES:

  • We'll meet at the Highline State Park in Loma, Colorado - a great place to camp out the night before your trip launch with a large lake for swimming and grassy tent sites where we'll begin exploring the GOALS class I curriculum on the night before our river launch.
  • In the morning, we'll head to our put-in at the Loma boat ramp to meet our river guides, receive a safety orientation, and begin our river adventure.
  • Healthy lunches will be prepared on the side of the river by your guides, while dinners and breakfasts will be a combined effort in camp each day between the guides and your "cook crew" - changing each day.
  • Afternoons in camp will offer plenty of time for play or exploring the unique landscape - and will end in great dinners followed by a fun campfire under the largest star display you can imagine. 
  • Long stretches of flat water will give kids the opportunity to swim, paddle their own boats, and gain confidence before getting back to business for the fun, splashy Class II rapids in Black Rock that our young explorers are proud to navigate!
  • After 3 days of fun on the Colorado River, we'll end our expedition at the Westwater Boat Ramp.  Off you'll go towards home, recounting your adventures and planning your return trip to the Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. 

 

Please use the "Register Now" button to reserve your spot on the specific Ruby Canyon expedition you are interested in, or CONTACT GOALS if you have questions.

 

 

 

AVAILABLE DATES IN 2018:

MONDAY, JULY 9 - THURSDAY, JULY 12.  
4 days.  $670 / person. 
- FULL PERMIT (20 people) currently available.

 

MONDAY, JULY 16 - THURSDAY, JULY 19.  
4 days.  $670 / person. 
- FULL PERMIT (20 people) currently available.

 

MONDAY, JULY 23 - THURSDAY, JULY 26.  
4 days.  $670 / person. 
- 0 spaces currently available - 20 spaces being held for Glenwood Springs Elementary School until 12/31/17.  Please check back after this date to see if spots are available.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 28 - TUESDAY, JULY 31.  
4 days.  $670 / person. 
- 0 spaces currently available - 20 spaces being held for Evergreen Country Day School until 12/31/17.  Please check back after this date to see if spots are available.

 

MONDAY, AUG 6 - THURSDAY, AUG 9.  
4 days.  $670 / person. 
- FULL PERMIT (20 people) currently available.

 

THURSDAY, AUG 9 - SUNDAY, AUG 12.  4-days.  $670 / person. 
- 10 spaces currently available - 10 spaces being held for Girl Scout Cadette 6th grade troop 4186 - Evergreen, CO until 12/31/17.  Please check back after this date to see if spots are available.
 

THIS   IS   RUBY / HORSETHIEF.