Trip Report: Ruby HorseThief Kayaking/Canoe Trip

Ruby HorseThief Kayaking/Canoe Trip
By Gretchen Siegler
BOATING 10/08/2021 Class II

October 2021 Ruby Horse Thief River Trip
By Shazia Chiu

We arrived in Fruita, CO on Friday night to prepare for our 25-mile weekend float. After a chilly, wet night in tents (for some of us!), we loaded our kayaks and canoes with the essentials and began our leisurely trip down the Colorado. After a few miles on the river, we pulled over to explore one of many beautiful side canyons. The group slogged through ankle-deep, shoe-sucking mud to reach the trail, which followed a creek that meandered through the canyon. Once we'd stretched our legs, we kayaked a few more miles to our campsite for the evening. Perched high on the hillside, we had a perfect view of our red rock surroundings.

The group awoke bright and early on day two since we had about 10 miles to cover. Once again, the river was calm with only a few bumps and ripples along the way. We arrived at our second campsite earlier than anticipated, which allowed for plenty of time to explore. Mee Canyon was an absolute treat. No one else was on the trail, so we had the towering rock spires and granite gorges all to ourselves.

Monday was our long day. With more than 10 miles to cover, we embarked quickly and made our way toward the only official rapid on our itinerary. We all made it through without incident and enjoyed a little break near the lava rocks. The rest of the day was a pleasant float with gorgeous canyon scenery and another short stop to see some petroglyphs. We made it back to our cars in the late afternoon for the trek back to Salt Lake. The entire group had a fantastic time!

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