Women Wild by Nature Rafting

Annual women only raft trip. This year we are on the Lower San Juan!

three women on a raftJoin CFI’s co-founder and director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only annual event. This exclusive trip takes place on a different river stretch each year! CFI women’s trips provide a time and place for deepening connections to the wild and trying out new skills. You will have the opportunity to be physical, relax, and play outdoors!

After a one-night orientation and hotel stay, enjoy four nights camping and river running on the Lower San Juan River. We’ll find rapids and wonderful scenic floats where we have a chance to try out the inflatable kayaks for those who choose.

Women of all ages and backgrounds enjoy this trip; youth 16 and older are welcome and this trip is often a memorable time with mom, grandmother or that special “aunt” or mentor. Our group will be congenial and small, limited to 12, plus guides. We often have a nice mix of loyal returnees and first timers.

crop muscley costume ladiesWe share readings from Ellen Meloy, Ann Zwinger, Terry Tempest Williams, and others who write creatively and passionately about the canyon country. Join us in optional morning stretching and greeting the day. We will consider “reciprocity” — ways of giving back to Mother Earth and restoring beauty and balance in our everyday lives. We provide all boating gear including row rafts that are 14-18ft. long and a few, very stable, inflatable kayaks, affectionately known as duckies.

Karla VanderZanden has 40 years experience as an outdoor leader, river guide, and naturalist. Prior to starting CFI in 1984, she worked at Westwater as a River Ranger and in Colorado and Oregon as an outdoor educator.


Activity Level


Class I & II rapids, getting in and out of rafts, and short day hikes.

  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Lower San Juan River
  • When: October 01, 2017 through October 06, 2017
  • Number of Days/Nights: 6 Days and 5 Nights - includes 1st night at hotel & orientation
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Women only 16+
  • Cost per Person: $1030 + $20 BLM Fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Notes: