Annual River Rafting Trip for Women

Women: Wild By Nature! Rafting & Inflatable Kayaking - Different river stretch each year!

three women on a raftJoin CFI’s Director Karla VanderZanden on this special women-only annual event. This special 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 three nights camping and river running on the Colorado River, famous for it’s geological wonders and interesting side canyon hikes. 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 too… it can be 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.

CFI Co-founder and Director, 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.


  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: 2016's River Destination: Colorado River through Ruby, Horsethief and Westwater Canyons.
  • When: August 04, 2016 through August 08, 2016
  • Number of Days/Nights: 4 Days and 4 Nights - includes 1st night at hotel & orientation
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
  • Age Group: Women only 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: July 20, 2016 5pm
  • Cost per Person: $895/person plus $20 BLM special fees
  • Deposit: $300 Non-refundable deposit applies to total due
  • Notes:
      • Women Only – Bring your friends, mothers, daughters, etc!
      • Trip begins and ends in Grand Junction, CO.
      • Click here to read our cancellation policy.
      • To register email us at or call 800.860.5262 or 435.259.7750.