Layers of Geologic History Revealed

Geology of the Colorado River Trip – July 12 through 15, 2015

Join Canyonlands Field Institute and Plateau Restoration for a new, exciting, and informative river trip on the Colorado. This trip, lead by guest geologists Dr. Tamsin McCormick of Plateau Restoration and Dr. Anres Aslan, professor of Geology at Colorado Mesa University, will cover the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau, from the time it became part of the North American continent to the present configuration of the Colorado River. This unique joint educational adventure will begin at the Loma, Colorado Boat Launch where the river begins to cut into layered sandstone, the hallmark of the Colorado Plateau.

Participants and guides will observe and discuss the geology of the canyons through a section of the river that is remote and largely inaccessible by road. The stretch cuts steep canyons through layers as young as 100 million years old, when dinosaurs roamed the area, into the ancient basement rocks dated at about 1,700 million years old, which form the core of the Rocky Mountains. Rafting along this river corridor is one of the best ways to study the different rock types that make up our landscape, as well as the relationship between the vegetation communities and the geologic setting. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Aslan will point out features, converse about theories, and discuss the current debates in the field.

Our guest experts are teaming with CFI Naturalist Guides for 4 days and 3 nights of river time and camping, great company and food, scenic flat water and the Class III-IV rapids of Westwater Canyon, lively discussions, enlightening information, and expert answers to questions about the unique and dramatic layers of the Colorado River canyon.

Register now! It’s going to be a great river experience.