The licensed trailblazers at Adrift Adventures have safely guided adventurers on boat, horseback, and jeep tours of Canyonlands National Park and the surrounding areas for 33 years. The half-day river excursion draws paddlers down the Colorado River through an august landscape along rapids suitable for rookies and swashbucklers alike. Two daily departure times afford rafters different takes on the area's natural beauty. Birds and fish rub sleep from their eyes and amid river and canyon panoramas as morning excursionists cast off at 8:30 a.m., returning about four hours later. The afternoon ride provides rays for sun-fueled eye feasting and lunch for carb-fueled mouth feasting, embarking at 11:15 a.m. and returning about five hours later to a planet of sentient apes.
The professional guides at Red River Adventures expose adventurous individuals to the rugged and untamed splendor of Utah's rocks, rivers, and canyons with trips designed for all skill levels. The Fisher Towers whitewater-rafting trips pair smaller, intimate groups of four to six paddlers (40 lbs. or more) with a licensed Utah river guide for a 14-mile adventure along Onion Creek, Professor Creek, Cloudburst, and Ida Gulch. Before provoking the Class III wrath of Poseidon, the guides will review safety procedures and outfit swashbucklers with U.S. Coast Guard–approved lifejackets. From the safety of the river-faring craft, paddlers absorb a soaring view of the Fisher Towers, as well as canyon walls that line the waterway and enable time-bending communication with ancient yodelers.
Whether casting a line or navigating the churning rapids, the staff at Toads Guide Shop curate experiences that give visitors an unobstructed glimpse of Western Colorado's stunning scenery. Float through the Black Canyon of Gunnison Gorge during float and fish trips, during which guides lead groups toward lively fishing holes to reel in catches, and provide tents, meals, and equipment for those who opt to stay in the woods overnight. To stay closer to land, adventurers can angle for trout during fly-fishing sessions in the Pacochupuk Tailwater, or venture inland to hunt deer and elk. Daytime rafting expeditions of the Uncompaghre River take place over the course of up to three action-packed hours of splashing through rapids, maneuvering around obstacles, and shouting for momma.