Plein Air Moab – Colorado River Paint & Float

A day of natural history exploration and artistic creation!


Join Canyonlands Field Institute in our first partnership program with Red Rock Arts Festival + Plein Air Moab for a day of painting and exploration on the Colorado River. Jump on board and float with us on the Colorado River and spend the day painting for Plein Air Moab. Our Naturalist-Guides will provide context to this incredible place through interpretive discussions both on and off the rafts.


In the heart of Canyon Country our float from Onion Creek Campground to Rocky Rapid Boat Ramp will float through a magnificent sandstone landscape. Along the way we will have the Fisher Towers and La Sal Mountains as a backdrop to the striking sandstone cliffs exposed from the rivers erosional force.

Trip Schedule

Please note that weather or water level may necessitate changes in itinerary. It is always possible that wind, rain, or other weather can slow our day. CFI cannot promise to have you back at the predetermined time.We will try our best to stick to this schedule. Think carefully about reservations or engagements soon after the program is due to end.
6:00 am Meet at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center
Travel to Onion Creek Campground in a CFI van with guides and river gear
6:45 am Arrive at launch for orientation and safety talk
Morning Cross the river over to the Onion Creek river camping area to catch the sunrise light and paint for two hours
Enjoy a leisurely float to our next painting location
Land at our next destination to paint for another two hours while guides setup brunch
Noon Pack up our supplies and embark back onto the rafts to finish our day
Arrive at Rocky Rapid Boat Launch
3:00 pm Return to the Moab Arts & Recreation Center


Suggested Personal Gear List

Travel light, but travel right!

  • Swimsuit or shorts and athletic top for gals
  • Rain gear (rain pants and rain jackets ALL seasons, storms come up suddenly)
  • Shirt: long sleeve for sun protection
  • Pants: long or shorts (appropriate to season & need for warmth or sun protection)
  • River shoes: tennis shoes or sandals that can get wet (sandals must have secure heel strap); must wear footwear at all times
  • Jacket or warm sweater spring and fall
  • Hat or cap, for sun protection (even cowboys and boatmen wear one)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (we have light duty “river bags” for gear; bring your own high-quality waterproof camera pouch for expensive camera/video equipment please)
  • Personal items: protective lip balm, medications, etc.
  • Water bottle (1-qt or 1-liter) VERY IMPORTANT! We provide refill water.
  • Where: Onion Creek Creek Campground to Rocky Rapid Boat Ramp
  • When: October 06, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Group Size: 12
  • Age Group: 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: September 22, 2019
  • Cost per Person: $150/person
  • Deposit: $50 nonrefundable, applies to total fee
  • Notes:

    Plein Air Moab – Colorado Paint & Float