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Ruby & Horsethief Canyon Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Colorado River

Bull Canyon Fault near Mee Canyon
Rattlesnake Monocline Rattlesnake Canyon Crow Bottom Black Rocks Monocline Six Finger Rock
Loma Boat Ramp Stateline marked on Cliff Wall

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Ruby & Horsethief Canyon Info
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Put In:  Loma Boat Ramp
Take Out:  Westwater Ranger Station
Difficulty:  Class I , Class II
Gradient:  5 ft/mi
Run Length:  25 miles
Current Streamflow:  2960 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:45 AM - COLORADO RIVER NEAR COLORADO-UTAH STATE LINE, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  2,000 - 20,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

At high water the water can become very swift and boily.

Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 

The winter months can be chilly

Permit:  Not presently required
Character/Similar To:  Large desert river. Beautiful Scenery with great side hikes and campsites.
Hazards:  Several Islands
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  Yes, except for railroad after Crow Bottom
Camping on River:  Yes, excellent campsites
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (CO,UT), 260 miles West of Denver, CO
Area Name:  Canyon Country
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Take I-70 to the Loma exit (exit 15) which is about 16 miles west of Grand Junction, CO. Turn south and cross over the interstate. Follow signs for about 1/2 mile to the Loma Boat Ramp.

Take-out: Driver west on I-70 to the Westwater exit (exit 225) near the Colorado/Utah border. Turn south and follow signs for approximately 9 miles to the Ranger Station.

Towns near Ruby & Horsethief Canyon Kayaking

Glenwood Springs Colorado
Golden Colorado
Grand Junction Colorado
Grand Lake Colorado
Green River Utah
Keystone Colorado
Leadville Colorado
Moab Utah
Price Utah
Silverthorne Colorado
Steamboat Springs Colorado
Telluride Colorado
Vail Colorado
Winter Park Colorado

Other Resources

Canyon Country Kayak Clubs
  • U of Utah Outdoor Recreation Program
  • Utah Whitewater Club
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Glen Canyon Institute
  • Save The Poudre
  • Sierra Club-Poudre Canyon Group
  • Virgin River Runners' Coalition
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • River Managing Agencies
  • Colorado State Parks
  • Rocky Mountain Kayak Clubs
  • Colorado School of Mines Kayak Club
  • Colorado Whitewater Association
  • High Country River Rafters
  • Pikes Peak Whitewater Club
  • Poudre Paddlers
  • Rocky Mountain Canoe Club
  • Travel Guides
  • Colorado Vacation & Travel Guide