Custom Colorado River Trips – Ruby / Horsethief

Whichever you choose, Loma to Westwater or Loma to Cisco, you’ll experience the Colorado River and the best it has to offer!

Dramatic Red Sandstone towers rise above you as we float the mild waters of Horsethief and Ruby canyons. Camp in tents or under the stars while hearing stories and learning about Colorado River geology, history, and animal life from our naturalist-guides. Special nature art and games are planned for the kids. Our small group size, involvement of all in river camp life, and the enthusiasm, knowledge, and skill of our licensed naturalist-guides assure an unforgettable experience. We have lots of options on dates for this stretch.

You may opt to add a night in Westwater Canyon. There are 6 miles of exciting Class III-IV rapids like “Funnel Falls,” “Skull,” and “Sock-it-to-Me” to thrill even the veteran river runner. These help make Westwater one of the premier whitewater stretches in the west. We run the rapids the last morning; enjoy a celebratory lunch and closing comments. We have limited launch dates from the BLM for Westwater so this option requires advance planning; and we reserve the right to alter the itinerary due to conditions. The best months are April through early May and July through mid October.  This trip still starts with motel stay and orientation. This would make four nights total (first-night motel and three-night trip on the river. Take out Cisco, Utah; CFI returns you to the motel.

Nature of River Rafting

We will be in rafts between 14 and 18 feet long and, depending on the month, we may bring along inflatable kayaks affectionately called “duckies” for the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons  (Loma to Westwater Ranger Station – we don’t run them through Westwater Canyon if your trip continues to Cisco). Our participants are encouraged to learn to read the river, take a turn at the oars, and paddle the duckies solo or as a duo.

  • Where: Starts with motel stay and trip orientation. Colorado River, Loma to either Cisco or Westwater depending on age of participants, water levels and trip length desired.
  • What months available: Mid-May through Late October
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 nights/3 days or 4 nights/4 days includes first night motel stay and orientation
  • Group Size: Minimum 6 paying participants and maximum 25 people
  • Age Group: Loma to Westwater Ranger Station for Adults and Youth 6 and over; Loma to Cisco (Includes Westwater Canyon) for Adults and youth with parent 12 and older
  • Cost per Person: Fees based on minimum of 6 paying participants
  • Cost per Person: $730.00/person - for 3 night, 3 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $865/person - for 4 night, 4 day trip
  • Cost per Person: $10 Loma-WWRS or $20 Loma-Cisco (includes Westwater Canyon) - BLM Special Area Fees/per person
  • Cost per Person: Once the 6 minimum is met, your group leaders receives 50% discount; additional beyond the 7th are full fee. -
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Notes:

    Deposit $300 person applies to total fee.

    Your group leader receives a 50% discount once the group reaches a minimum of six paying participants. The discount does not include Special Area Fees.  Beyond this seventh spot, additional participants are full fee.

    Includes motel stay in Grand Junction, Colorado and evening orientation with CFI trip leader. Breakfast at motel, and all meals through lunch the last day. Transportation is provided from the motel to and returning from the river.