Learn to Kayak Whitewater
Take control of your own inflatable kayak on Colorado's Uncompahgre River, and enjoy a guided 4.5 mile paddle from the Town of Ridgway to Ridgway Reservoir. (Single person and tandem kayaks are available for this adventure.)
Our guides will teach you how to control and maneuver your kayak on flat water, and then take you down the class II-III Uncompahgre River from our private put-in just down from the RIGS shop. There are opportunities to practice kayaking skills on the river, and fantastic scenery for photography.
The majestic San Juan Mountains and mesas fill the back drop for the entire run as we float through Wildlife areas popular with deer, eagles, and water ouzels.
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE LAND USE FEES
Trips will depart promptly at designated trip time and head to the put-in location, just minutes from our shop! Once we arrive at the the put-in, guides outfit each person with PFD's (personal flotation devise,) Helmets and Paddle Gear. Your Trip Leader then performs the RIGS "Saftey Talk." From here, we're assigned boats and review individualized instruction from your guides. Once the stage is set for a successful, safe and exciting trip we hit the water!
*Our Inflatable Kayak Trips will require you to complete a "Swim Test" in cold water, before paddling any river section. Be prepared to get wet and dress appropriatley!
Listed below are some basic essentials for your guided Kayak Trip.
Please note: you can purchase or rent most of these items at our Rafting Shop upon arrival. Please Advise: space for packing personal equipment is limited. Please limit your personal gear to those items that are appropriate for the length and current weather conditions associated with your trips departure. *Your Guide will provide a dry bag in which you can put your personal belongings.
The clothing you choose should be warm, lightweight, fast drying and allow good freedom of movement. Synthetics such as polypropylene, pile or fleece, are lighter than wool and also dry much faster.
In the event of a cancellation within 48 hours of your trip departure 100% of the balance will be charged and is considered non-refundable, (90 days out for Gunnison River trips.) * The cancellation of any reservation up to 48 hours will forfeit a standard cancellation penalty of: $15 per-person. (*Cancellation of any Gunnison River trip outside of the 90 days will forfeit a per-person cancellation penalty of: $200 per-person.)
RIGS is not responsible for any cancellations or modifications of tours due to weather condition, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, or other unforeseen conditions that may hinder the ability for the tour to take place as scheduled. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to circumstances beyond our control. Clients will have the option to reschedule during the current season based on trip availability. However, trip insurance is always recommended, please contact your local travel agent to acquire trip insurance appropriate for this type of trip.
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