Custom Westwater Canyon Rafting Trips

Explore this wonderful canyon, a Wilderness Study area, with CFI Naturalist-Guides; small group, side canyon hike, behind the scenes stories, history, geology and exciting whitewater too! This is a 17 mile river trip that offers an insiders perspective on Westwater Wilderness Study Area at a slower pace. 30 days advance notice to set up a charter/custom trip; launch dates limited.

A Bureau of Land Management ranger station is based at the head of Westwater Canyon where we check in and sign up for an assigned campsite.

We will take exploratory walks in one of Westwater’s beautiful side canyons, look for animal tracks, wildflowers, signs left by ancient peoples, and more recent colorful mining and river runner history. The trip is led by CFI Naturalist-Guides who share geology for the layman and how the river now flows through the black rock “roots of the Ancient Rockies!” For younger folks, we do some of our fun-to-learn science activities and games.

And of course there are the 6 miles of exciting Class III rapids like “Funnel Falls,” “Skull,” and “Sock-it-to-Me” to thrill even the veteran river runner. These help make Westwater one of the premiere whitewater stretches in the west. We run the rapids the last morning; enjoy a celebratory lunch and closing comments.

  • Where: Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River
  • What months available: Book your trip from late April through mid-October except for late May through June high water
  • Number of Days/Nights: One night and two days
  • Group Size: 6 persons minimum/25 persons maximum
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 12+
  • Cost per Person: 6 persons minimum; one group leader 50% discount once 6 minimum met except Special Area Fee still applies to group leader
  • Cost per Person: $445 - Adults
  • Cost per Person: $10 - BLM Special Area River Fee
  • Deposit: $150 non-refundable, applies to total due