Wayne Ranney, world famous geologist, author, and interpreter will be hosting a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Canyonlands National Park. The trip dates are May 2-11 and include a 7 day rafting trip along the Green and Colorado Rivers and through Cataract Canyon. There will also be a ground based field trip into the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park prior to the river trip. The land based trip will be based out of Red Cliffs Lodge on the Banks of the Colorado River and will be outfitted by licensed Canyonlands National Park Concessionaire Colorado River & Trail Expeditons. The trip cost is $3140 per person.
Wayne Ranney is the author of “Carving Grand Canyon” and co-author of “Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.” This will be his second Colorado River rafting trip with Colorado River & Trail Expeditions. In addition to his great books, Wayne’s interpretation and explanations make Geology exciting and fun. Besides the rafting part of the trip, there will be numerous off river hikes to explore the Geology and beauty of the area. There really is no better way to see Canyonlands National Park than by boat and having a geologist the caliber of Wayne will make the trip exceptional.
The river portion of the trip will start at Mineral Bottom on the Green River. The first couple of days on the river will offer great opportunities to see Native American artifacts and ruins. Once the river joins the Colorado River the rapids begin. Colorado River rafting through Cataract Canyon is worth the trip itself. The rapids of Cataract Canyon can dwarf those of the Grand Canyon at extremely high flows and at low flows the river challenging because it is clogged with huge boulders. The trip ends at North Wash in the upper reaches of what once was Lake Powell Resevoir.
This trip only has a couple of spaces remaining. To find out more information call Colorado River and Trail Expeditions at 1-800-253-7328.