We will put rafts in at Rim Rock Adventures. I think this will be the easiest put in since most people will be renting rafts there.
The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flatwater with sections of Class I and II. This section of the Colorado runs through beautiful red rock canyons and has many day hike opportunities offering both solitude and exploration. The Black Rock section is composed of rock known as Vishnu schist, which dates back about 1.7 billion years. This same rock, which geologists refer to as “an unconformity”, is exposed in certain sections of the Grand Canyon. There is an abundance of wildlife including great blue herons, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, mule deer, and desert bighorn sheep. Please note that humans are prohibited from approaching within ½ mile of eagle nests or harassing the birds in any way. Look up in old cottonwoods trees and you are likely to spot the nests and eagles.
Ruby-Horsethief is a remote section of river with spotty to non-existent cell service. There are no other takeouts until Westwater, and rescues are long and cumbersome. Conditions vary depending on seasonal flows, especially for canoeists. Please see the Ruby-Horsethief Boating Information (http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca/recreation/Boating/Ruby-Horsethief_Boating_Information.html)page for more information.
Spring weather can be extremely variable with hot days followed by snow followed by high winds followed by cold rains. Summer days can be very hot and buggy. There is little shade along the river. Rain storms are usually short but somewhat violent. Summer nights are usually comfortable. Fall is the most consistent weather with warm days, cool nights, and infrequent rain. However, several days of long, cold, heavy and steady rain can occur at any time. The key is being prepared for almost anything!
Ruby Horsethief Boating information
Motorized use is allowed in Ruby Canyon. Visitors can expect to see motorized and non-motorized craft in Ruby Canyon. How both groups can enjoy the river together (http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca/recreation/Boating/river_etiquette.html).
Overnight camping is available in any of the 35 designated campsites and requires apermit (http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/mcnca/recreation/Boating/permit_information.html). No permit is required for day use of the river.
Here is a map and information about the river.
If planning a spring trip, current streamflow data cfs available online at:
Map of campsites along the river
For three day's with 18 foot raft (1-6 people) split between two families-$217 not including camping
Good Gear List
Also, on note most of don't want to think about especially if it happen to our children and that is potential spider bite, snake bite or any other thing like that. Please read up ahead of time what you might need to do. We are in arid climate and there are potential to encounter these situations. I just want you to be prepared.
As well as heat exhaustion.
I will make camping reservations on April 20th. I would like us all to be split up according to who will be sharing rafts at our pretrip meeting. This will make it cheeper if we can. More adult to kid ratio. Also, Rim Rocks said it might be possible that they will give us a discount for renting rafts as a group.
I am sure I forgot something so please send comments or questions you might have prior to the pretrip meeting.
I am looking forward to this trip.
We are going at high water so if it is above 30,000CFS will not do the trip.
As of packing we will go over packing list ahead of time so we don't duplicate the items multiple times unless we have too.