black canyon classic canoeing/ides of march trip - March 19, 2014

This annual classic is a canoeing, canyoneering, and hot tubbing trip to the Black Canyon located below Hoover Dam. (see Rick's write up). We will be driving down Wednesday morning, check into Hoover Dam Lodge, formerly Hacienda Hotel, and for those that want to, check out the dam and the spectacular bridge over the dam. After dinner together at the casino buffet, we will spend time getting our gear together for an early morning meeting with the outfitter. They will be driving us through the high security zone to the foot of the dam where we will launch our boats and be on our way. The Colorado below is almost all flat water so it is great for beginners. We will camp the first night within the first two miles allowing us to explore some great spots like the sauna cave and great scenic viewpoints. We will spend the second day hiking, climbing, relaxing in numerous hot tubs, then continue on to Arizona Hot Springs to camp and enjoy a group meal together. Sat morning, we will break camp early and paddle 3 miles to the takeout, where the outfitter will pick us up and return us to the lodge to pick up our vehicles. Those who would like can then head for home or can stay the night and return home Sunday. Prepare for winter and warm weather. One trip last year hit a blizzard on the way home.There is a $100 nonrefundable deposit required for this trip. Sign up ASAP as NPS permits are required for this trip and they go fast in March.

Level:Flat Water
Organizer:Eileen Gidley
Date:Wed Mar 19 2014 — Sat Mar 22 2014
Meeting Place:Registration required
Web Link:for description of trip and maps