Gunnison River canoe trip planned for June
There will be a leisurely, guided, and outfitted 31-mile trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons on June 7-9. Facilitated by the Sierra Club, the trip will include time for hiking and photography. No previous canoeing or camping experience is needed, and children 6-12 are welcome.
The Gunnison is ideal for beginning and intermediate canoeists, providing various Class 1+ rapids. You will paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting hikes into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles. Hiking may include one of Colorado’s wilderness areas, the spectacular Dominguez Canyon, complete with a 40-foot waterfall, secluded swimming holes and numerous ancient Indian petroglyphs. Several factors may impact this option: weather, speed of the group, etc.
We'll have an evening talent (or no talent?) show and partake in fun team exercises. You will also learn techniques to find inspiration and healing in nature. Time permitting, you will have the opportunity to experience a "solo" quest in nature. Feel free to bring instruments, art supplies, and whatever you may want for the talent show.
Sierra Club facilitator Annie Matula has extensive leadership experience in nature, including leading outdoors trips for children and adults and guiding river trips on class II-III rivers for clubs. She also has training and experience in sacred passages/quests in nature.
The cost is $375/adult and $315/child 6-12. Part of the proceeds of this trip will be donated to the Sierra Club.
The put-in location is 28 miles south of Grand Junction, Colo., or 12 miles north of Delta, Colo. It is about 4.5 hours from Denver. You will be off the river Sunday in the afternoon with enough time to drive back to Denver.
You should bring a sleeping bag and tent or rent them from Centennial Canoe. All food and community gear plus two-to-three guides will be provided.
For more information or to register for the trip, contact Centennial Canoe, 720-283-0553.