Ruby and Horsethief Canyons Canoe Trip

by Mike Whiteley

We had a very nice time on a 25 mile canoe/kayak trip this fall on the Colorado river in western Colorado and Utah. Wonder fall colors and scenic red rock canyons lined the river as we paddled along this mellow class I trip. We had mostly nice weather for the two day trip a threat of rain the first night had us concerned but nothing much really came of it.

This a class I paddle with a little bit of class II here and there mostly at Black Rocks but on our trip the rapids were pretty much nonexistent the rocks there are 1.7 billion year old bead rock some the oldest rocks on earth and a fun place to paddle through. A popular trip for the spring and fall there were a few other boaters on the water but not at all crowded. Starting at Loma boat launch just west of Fruita Colorado and ending up at the Westwater boat launch just over the Utah state line it was an easy two day trip.

The area is somewhat known for Bald Eagle sightings because they like to nest along the banks of the river. We didn't see any eagles but did see some deer, pronghorn antelope and some mountain lion tracks which added a bit of excitement to the trip. Over all a wonderfull trip for anyone looking for a short easy trip.