Fisher Towers Section
The Colorado River begins high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. As it flows down the western slope of the Continental Divide it joins the Gunnison River at Grand Junction. The Colorado soon slows and becomes a classic desert river, entrenched in deepening canyons of brilliantly colored sandstone. The river carries colorful sediment hiding the array of fascinating aquatic life just below the surface. The Fisher Towers (Moab Daily) section of the river begins as flat, yet swift with several named rapids about halfway downstream. We will use paddleboats or oar rowed boats, depending on the season and water levels.
You’ll learn to read the river and how to work together as a crackerjack paddle boat team! We’ll see great blue herons fishing on the mudflats on the riverbank and perhaps see a golden eagle soaring overhead or maybe mule deer onshore. Our instructor-guides will teach river ecology using investigations, short hike, and a fun watercolor art lesson! We’ll cover safety and leave-no-trace practices that help sustain the river and its ecosystem.
For CFI instructor-guides, the Colorado provides a unique floating classroom that offers constant lessons about human, cultural, and natural history. Evidence of millions of years of geological forces at work is at our fingertips as we float the river. We’ll pass below famous Fisher Towers, including the Titan, at 900 feet it is the tallest sandstone tower in the world.
Our trip starts just downstream of the historically significant Dewey Bridge, which was the second-largest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1918. Other historically significant sites we will see include Hittle Bottom Homestead, site of an early Twentieth Century mail carrier’s home.