Take your paddling skills to another level! Develop effective paddling stokes and travel to the bottom of the Hoover Dam. During Fall holiday weekend, we will paddle 10 miles up the Colorado River, where the valley turns to canyon with towering walls and side canyons to explore. At times, paddling may be very strenuous, but a soak in the hot springs afterwards makes the effort very rewarding. Camp out under the stars, relax in sauna cave, and sit in awe as you view the Hoover Dam from a new perspective!
Day 1: We will meet on campus at 9am and review our final preparations for a canoeing and backpacking combo trip to Black Canyon and Havasu Canyon We will arrive at Willow Beach Campground on the bank of the Colorado River for our first night camping. We will stop along the way for for dinner, gas and restrooms as needed. Once we arrive at the campground it will be time to set up tents (or sleep out under the stars) so that we can get an early start on the river the next day.
Day 2: Friday morning we will wake up with the sunrise, eat breakfast and pack up camp to depart Willow Beach for our paddle up river. Before launching, the guides will prepare you with everything you need to know about canoeing, including water safety and effective paddling strokes. Once our canoes are loaded, we will journey about seven miles up river toward our campsite near Arizona Hot Springs. We will stop for lunch along the way enjoying the many scenic views. Once we arrive at camp, we will unload all the gear from our canoes and prepare dinner together.
Day 3: Once again we will wake early, enjoy a hearty breakfast and continue paddling up river three more miles to enjoy several hot springs. If the current is not too strong, we will stop for photos below the Hoover Dam. After exploring some of the many side canyons we will return to our campsite from the previous night.
Day 4: We have another big day ahead of us today. We will wake early and pack up camp loading our gear back into the canoes. We will paddle down river back to the launch site at Willow Beach before lunch. We will load back into the van and start our drive to Havasu Canyon stopping along the way for food, fuel and restrooms.
Day 5: We will backpack 10 miles down into the canyon, past Supai, the most remote village in the "lower 48." We will hike past Havasu Falls en route to our campsite along the river.
Day 6: We will explore the canyon below Mooney Falls. Beaver Falls is our destination today. The red walls of the canyon and turquoise water is remarkable on this hike.
Day 7: Our last full day in the canyon will provide us with an opportunity to continue exploring the amazing waterfalls located nearby.
Day 8: Today we complete our hike and return to USD.
January 16-24, 2014