Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc.

What Makes It Fun on the Colorado River?

What Makes It Fun

A little known fact is that Colorado, Utah and Wyoming offer some of the best canoeing in the U.S. through their towering canyons in the Colorado Plateau.  It’s not about big rapids, but rather the freedom and exhilaration that comes from exploring and/or camping overnight in a remote area, the experienced guides, the mix of fun people we attract and the bonds that develop, excellent food, the evening campfire, and the splendor and serenity of a magnificent river landscape.

Near Loma, CO, a typical Colorado River canoe trip is 2 to 3 days and averages 12 to 16 people (2 people per boat) and 2 guides. On this canyon-encased Colorado canoeing trip or Colorado sea kayaking trip, safety is always our main focus and we have a guide paddling at the front and back of the group. We tie personal and group gear in the center of the canoes and head down river. On sea kayak trips, a motorized support raft will haul the gear allowing you to carry just a daypack and your camera in your boat. At our campsite or along the way, there’s an opportunity to explore wilderness canyons, relax or play in the river. And on multi-day trips, we have the luxury of camping along the river’s shore.

Groover Lady

Personal Hygiene

We provide an enclosed portable bathroom facility on all trips because we understand that personal comfort and privacy are important in the backcountry. Your guides will make every effort to make you feel at home. The river provides a great opportunity for bathing after a long day on the river. Please bring your biodegradable soap and towel. 


Erica Food


On multi-day trips, feast on hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cheese after setting up camp in the afternoon. A varied menu may include salmon fillets, barbequed ribs, fresh salad, rice and pie for dinner. If you have special dietary needs, we encourage you to bring the foods that you require in a cooler and we will be glad to cook them for you. On the 1-day trips, the lunch may include appetizers, croissant deli sandwiches, potato salad, fruit and cookies.


Paddle Instruction 2Safety & Paddle Instructions

No previous canoeing or sea kayaking experience is necessary for most of our trips. Basic paddle strokes and safety procedures will be taught the first morning at the river put-in and thereafter as needed. For our more advanced rivers (Dolores, Upper Colorado and Colorado River to Moab), we recommend 1 experienced paddler per boat & children be at least 13 years old. If you’d like to book private or group paddling instructions prior to your trip, call:

  • Randy Hertzman at 970-270-2929 (Durango, CO)
  • South Suburban Recreation Center, Phil Waltz at 303-730-1022 X10 (Denver, CO area)