The Colorado River Flatwater Canoeing Program offers a quality outdoor education experience in the wilderness of the lower Colorado River. This stretch of river, in the Black Canyon region below Hoover Dam, is a spectacular outdoor setting and fantastic location for experiential education courses.
The trip generally covers 15 – 30 river miles, with three to seven miles paddled each day. The program is run expedition-style, with downriver travel each day and camping at a new beach location every night. The program generally starts with an afternoon of canoe skills training on Lake Mead prior to put-in. Program elements include expeditionary canoeing, hiking pristine canyons, and group activities at the campsites. The desert and riparian ecosystems—one hot and dry, the other cool and lush—offer a study in ecological contrasts and an unparalleled opportunity for group adventures and environmental education.
The Colorado River’s desert-river combination, enhanced by the petroglyphs, canyon exploration, and hot springs, offers an outdoor adventure that’s hard to find anywhere else. In addition to the wilderness environment and unique set of ecosystems, this program offers a sense of adventure with the comfort of canoe-camping. Coolers of fresh food and an ever-flowing river that carries you and your gear downstream help make this a comfortable excursion and the perfect atmosphere in which to focus on group and personal goals.