River Trip

August 19-21, 2009
Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater Canyons on Colorado River through western Colorado and eastern Utah

A river trip organized by Challenge Aspen in Aspen, CO for the Wounded Warrior Project.

This 12-minute video will take you on a tour of the entire Westwater Canyon as seen from Marc's oar boat.

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On slower Internet connections click "pause" button, let the movie buffer, and then click "play" after a few minutes.

We were honored to host the American and British combat-wounded veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars on this three-day river trip through the Ruby-Horsethief and the Westwater canyons.

The first 25-miles is an easy river float that travels through the breathtaking scenery of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA), which is remarkable for its diverse landscape ranging from salt bush desert to the spectacular canyons of the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness area.

The following Westwater Canyon is the first whitewater stretch of the Colorado River in Utah. Often called a miniature Grand Canyon, this 17-mile segment of the Colorado River has it all: a stunningly beautiful wilderness canyon and a world-class whitewater. The water current becomes notably swifter as it is forced into the descending and narrowing channel of Westwater Canyon. It is here that the trip offers the thrill and challenge of running some of the best whitewater Class III-IV rapids in the region.

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