FAQ - Upper Colorado River one-day trip
- What is the minimum age?
The minimum age is 6 years old. However, we have taken children younger, but we would like to talk to the parents first.
- What class are the rapids?
The Upper Colorado River is a 15-mile, easy-to-paddle river stretch ideal for all skill levels. It features Class I rapids mixed with flat water (Class I is very easy and Class V is very difficult). Celebrated for its great trout fishing, if you want to fish before or after your canoe trip, be sure and bring your fishing gear and a Colorado fishing license
- What is the average group size?
8 to16 guests. The maximum capacity on canoe trips is 23 customers.
- How many people will be in each boat?
We use 17’ ft. Old Town Discovery canoes, which are large and designed to carry plenty of gear. They’re equipped with a bow and stern (front & back) seat ideal for carrying two adults.
- Will I have to paddle solo if I come alone?
We never ask our customers to paddle a boat solo. If you come alone, we will team you up with one of our guides or another customer on the trip. You can always ask our guides if you'd like to change paddle partners throughout the trip.
- How many hours per day are you in the boat?
Each day varies, but on an average we'll spend about 5-6 hours in the boats, with the rest of the time exploring, eating, or just relaxing.
- Do you have to kneel while paddling a canoe?
No. You may sit comfortably on the seat while paddling. Only in tricky water spots might you choose to get on your knees for a few minutes to lower your center of gravity.
- Where do we go to the bathroom?
There are pit toilets at the launch set and the takeout. We also carry a tent-enclosed porta potty with us while paddling which can be set up at lunchtime or for emergency stops while paddling, if requested. Leave No Trace principles recommend that you urinate in the river or dig a cat hole 200 ft. off shore for solid waste if there is no porta potty in an arid, wilderness environment.
- What is the fishing or hiking like?
The Upper Colorado River is celebrated for its great trout fishing, if you want to fish before or after your canoe trip, be sure and bring your fishing gear and a Colorado fishing license. On one-day trips there is little time for hiking and generally there are no groomed trails on this river stretch.
- Are there any special physical requirements?
No previous experience is required, but participants should be in average physical condition. Activities are always more fun when you’re physically fit.
- When is the best time to go?
There is no bad time to paddle the river; it depends on your individual taste. As the weather is always hard to predict, here are some average temperatures (Fahrenheit) that we encounter.
May: Moderate, warm days in the low 80s and cool nights in the low 60s.
June: Warm days in the high 80s, mild nights in the high 60s.
July: Hot in the mid-90s with a welcome afternoon shower. Evenings are in the low 70s.
August: Days are still hot in the low 90s, but nights are beginning to cool off in the low 70s.
September: Moderate temperatures in the mid-80s and cooling as the month progresses. Evenings are in the low 60s.
- What equipment is included?
Safety gear, personal flotation device (PFD or also known as lifejackets), boats, paddles, bailers, some dry bags for your gear, all food and kitchen equipment, water & lemonade, and the porta potty.