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Ruby-Horsethief Canyon


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ruby-horsethief canyon overview

Ruby-Horsethief Canyon, on the Lower Colorado River, is a classic desert canyon ideal for overnight trips is located between the Colorado/Utah border just west of Grand Junction. Its mild Class II stretches provide fun and excitement for everyone.

Recommended Trips on the Ruby-Horsethief Canyon Section – Lower Colorado River:

Trip Name: Full & 2 Day
Sections Included: Ruby-Horsethief Canyon
Outfitter: Adventure Bound River Expeditions
Learn More: ~ 800.423.4668

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Lower Colorado River. Information regarding the Lower Colorado River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

ruby-horsethief canyon sections

Lower Colorado River – Ruby-Horsethief Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class I-II (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 4451′ to 4311′
Average Gradient: 5.3′ per mile

Access to Access

Loma to Westwater Ranger Station: 26.0 miles
Total Mileage: 26.0 miles




What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Lower Colorado River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Lower Colorado River (Palisade to Loma and Ruby-Horsethief Canyon) is managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Grand Junction, CO.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the BLM managed and private access sites.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Grand Junction Field Office 
    2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506 
    970.244.3000 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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