Colorado River Fruita Class I-II
This spectacular canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, including Ruby and Horsethief Canyons, features majestic walls of red sandstone and offers some of the best Colorado canoeing and Colorado sea kayaking. The river is gentle with occasional small Class I+ rapids to add spice to the journey. Roads do not bound this portion of the river and the steep-walled canyons are accessible only from the river, giving the area a true wilderness setting.
You’ll be amazed at stands of shiny granite sculpted by water through the ages while paddling or floating in your lifejacket past the remnants of ancient metamorphic rock, called Black Rock. Camping along the river’s banks, exploring a natural amphitheater with ancient Indian rock art or hiking into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. This is BIG COUNTRY and a geologist’s paradise. Many of our educational classes focus on this area. This stretch of river near Grand Junction, CO, can accommodate either a canoe trip or sea kayak trip.
Please see our: What to Bring list for a gear list, what may be rented and additional trip details.
Specialty theme trips:
The Colorado School of Mines (303-273-3303) is offering an astronomy class for teachers (K-12) and for the general public. The wilderness night sky is a phenomenal environment for learning more about our solar system, sunspots, constellations, deep sky objects, and astronomy activities for the classroom. This combined 1-day class session and 3-day canoe trip earns 2 continuing ed credits for K-12 teachers. This combined 1-day class session and 3-day canoe trip earns 2 continuing ed credits for K-12 teachers. The pretrip class for students (and nonstudents auditing the class for an additional $40 fee) will be at the Sommers-Bausch Observatory at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, the Thursday prior to the canoe trip from 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm with additional, optional telescope viewing until 10 pm (weather permitting). Telescope viewing is open to friends and family starting at 8:30 pm. Detailed class information will be mailed to all participants.
Non teachers may take the full course for the student price and have a reserved seat. Non credit seats for the canoe trip only (at regular canoe trip prices), are based on space availability. What better opportunity to have fun on the river and learn while you’re at it! Ages 15 and up.
Join Colorado’s own "Cleason-Dunn-Wright" for great harmonies, excellent guitar playing and tons of popular sing-along-songs. Enjoy a private concert with 4 decades of music around the campfire. What could be better?! A lone guitar under the stars and the crackle of the campfire seem to be magical. Plus, our guests are always been encouraged to join in the sing-a-longs or bring their favorite instrument.
Family Canoe Trips
This year your guides will engage the kids in a variety of games giving parents a "break from the action." Well okay, I guess the parents can play too. Your guides will facilitate games that can be played on the river and while in camp such as Dead Fish Polo, Scavenger Hunt, Do It In Under A Minute, etc. Renew your relationship with the kids this summer away from TVs and computer games while viewing wildlife, stargazing and, of course, roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Gain a whole new sense of “family” while enjoying the outdoors together. This is also a great opportunity to invite grandparents so they can bond with the kids too!
Day 1: Meet your guide staff at the designated put-in in Fruita for 3 day trips or Fruita for 2 day trips, CO, just west of Grand Junction and enjoy a continental breakfast before packing your dry bags and loading the gear in the canoes.
Two day trips run a car shuttle to the Westwater Ranger Station take-out and then return to the put-in. Three day trips, the price includes the shuttle from the take out back to the put-in. At the put in you will recieve a safety talk and paddling instructions before launching. Shortly after launching, you will begin paddling past the towering red sandstone walls of Horsetheif Canyon.
Paddle downriver until approximately noon and enjoy lunch on the rivers edge maybe catching a glimpse of an eagle or a desert sheep.
After lunch continue paddling until roughly 3 p.m. and make camp near the ancient walls of Mee Canyon (depending on campsite availability).
Late afternoon on the first day is devoted to setting up your tent and possibly taking a short hike or relaxing, playing, or floating in the river.
Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and shrimp, cheese, crackers and wine are served.
Dinner is served around 7 p.m. followed by campfire activities that may include games, singing, western tall tales, or guitar playing.
Day 2: The middle day will oftentimes be a layover day devoted to hiking the canyons, playing in the river, and/or relaxing in camp. Many times lunches will be packed for the hike where you can explore multi-million year old canyons. However, your guides may choose to move downriver on the second day. Factors that influence this decision are weather, pace of the group, campsite availability, etc.
Day 3: We will break down camp after a hearty breakfast and paddle through the majestic Ruby Canyon and Black Rocks known to have 2 billion year old rock formations and a small rapid (Class I). There may be an opportunity to float through Black Rocks enjoying the ride through the ripples and bubbles.
We typically reach the Westwater Ranger Station takeout between 2-3 p.m. on the last day of the trip allowing time to drive home.
To register for a trip, please click on the trip date.
|Colorao River near Fruita||Children*||Adults*||Trip Length||Trip Dates|
|Star Gazing Canoe Trip||$406.00||$436.00||3 Days||
Jul 18 - Jul 20, 2015
|Family Canoe Trip||$354.00||$394.00||3 Days||
Jul 31 - Aug 02, 2015
|Canoe Trips 2 Days||$249.00||$274.00||2 Days||
Aug 08 + Aug 09, 2015
|Canoe Trips 3 Days||$354.00||$394.00||3 Days||
Jul 03 - Jul 05, 2015
Jul 11 - Jul 13, 2015
Aug 21 - Aug 23, 2015
Aug 29 - Aug 31, 2015
Sep 05 - Sep 07, 2015
|3 Day Music Trip||$354.00||$394.00||3 Days||
Jul 24 - Jul 26, 2015
*Youths need to be (6-12) years of age for the youth discount. Minimum age is 6.
Please click on the date for the trip or class you want to book. Once you are registered, you will get a confirmation email from Centennial Canoe Outfitters, LLC for your trip or class.
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Two-day trips will meet the Loma put-in near Mack, CO, located 22 miles west of Grand Junction, CO. for breakfast
Meeting time will be 7:00am for both trips. Once you have signed up, you will get an email with additional details.
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If you cancel 28 days or more before your trips launch date you can get a full refund less a $30/person processing fee
We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance through Travelex at 1-800-228-9792 (www.travelexinsurance.com), if you do not wish to loose money due to unforeseen circumstances. You will be asked for location #06-0079 by Travelex.
If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing. Any refunds owed will be based on the day our office receives your notice.
Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including personal emergencies or the weather. There is no refund for leaving a trip early, arriving late, or choosing not to do all the offered activities.
CCO reserves the right to change tour itineraries or cancel any tour without notice due to acts of nature, safety concerns, political unrest, insufficient number of participants or other conditions. If we are unable to provide you with another trip that is satisfactory, all moneys paid will be refunded and the moneys shall constitute full settlement with you.
We are not responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred because of a cancelled tour, travel delay, or flight cancellations, including non-refundable lodging deposits and non-refundable air tickets.
A guest may be asked to leave a trip if a guide feels that their continuing participation may prove harmful to that person or to the well being of other guests. We are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by such guests.
Have a wonderful adventure!