The most popular destination for kayakers across Arizona and beyond, Blue Ridge needs no description, but you can visit the website here:
We have reservations at the Ernst Pod at Moqui for Thursday 2 P.M. to Sunday 12 P.M. for 50 persons. Please feel free to camp elsewhere if you want some privacy, or stay in your favorite bed and breakfast, so long as you join us for some floating fun and other outdoor's activities while we are there.
Camping at Ernst
Click on this link to visit the Moqui group website, with a description of the area, campsite rules, and directions. When you get close, you will see a sign. A Paddle Arizona sign, that is, lit with a solar light for those who come at night.
We usually share food in the morning and the evening, pot luck style... no organizing who brings what and our luck has been good. We've had great food every time!
Many hiking and photographic opportunities, decisions we can make in the morning prior to the float.
The Arizona Trail is there
The Blue Ridge Segment
Bring instruments, and games (Farkle!)
There is an official horseshoe area, but you'd need to bring the horseshoes. ;-)
We are asking $20 donation per person. Minors have free pass. Any funds that we gather over the cost of the reservations will be deposited in our non profit Paddle Arizona account. None of our organizers makes any profit from any of our events. Either use PayPal link or pay at Blue Ridge.
Disclaimer & Assumption of Risk/Liability
Paddling, like all sports have inherent risks and dangers. All paddlers (on behalf of him/her self and his/her minor children) are responsible for their own safety during Paddle Arizona floats, voluntarily accepts any and all risks of injury, harm, medical conditions, or property damage, assumes all liabilities, and waives any and all damages against Paddle Arizona (including its organizers, hosts, and members)
Any comments, thoughts, or questions, you can post in the comment section, or you can contact me through the meetup site.
We welcome beginners. Please ask us any questions about what you need to make this work.
Once you are heading north on 87 you will come to the gas station and restaurant at Clint's Well (Left or West side). Go approximately 8 miles north (just past mile marker 298) and turn RIGHT at the MOQUI sign. (Also look for a PADDLE ARIZONA sign there.) One mile back on the LEFT you will turn into the Ernst GROUP SITE.
NOTE: Four miles past Clint's Well, you will PASS the turn off for Blue Ridge Reservoir, also on the right. DO NOT TURN HERE FOR THE GROUP SITE. This turn is for the boat ramp and Rock Crossing camping only.
The plan is to MEET AT THE Ernst GROUP SITE AT 8:00 AM SATURDAY to load boats and people into as few trucks, trailers, & cars as possible & be at the launch site by approximately 8:30. There is very limited parking up above the boat ramp and it would be much easier if we brought boats and people over as a group, as much as possible. We always find a way to make this work! :-) If you plan to camp at Rock Crossing, feel free to meet us at Ernst at 8:00 am or at the boat ramp at 8:30, if you'd like to paddle with the group. In any case, we hope to all meet at the Ernst site for our Saturday potluck about 5:30pm.
This campsite is at approximately 7400 feet altitude and the temps could fluctuate. Bring plenty of layers, rain gear just in case, EZ ups or tarps and poles. It should be a great trip!!
Fire ban will be in effect, so those with propane firepits will bring...