Prepare To Go

GET READY TO GO ON YOUR RIVER ADVENTURE

Forms We Need:

Please return the following forms to us via mail as soon as you have booked your trip:

Check here for some answers to common questions and answers for parents about your trip.

We have also included a set of helpful links for you to give you additional local information about weather, lodging, water levels and other local gear and equipment suppliers.

And even if you have been rafting, kayaking or fishing before, it never hurts to be reminded about those essential items which will maximize your comfort while on your river trip. Here are some suggestions about what to bring with you.

What To Wear on the River:

  • Hat for sun protection
  • Polypro or synthetic layers (top & bottoms)
  • Nylon/synthetic shorts or swimsuit – quick drying
  • Nylon or synthetic shirt (avoid cotton!)
  • Tennis shoes or sport sandals with straps
  • Wool or polypro socks
  • Rain parka and pants (provided by us)
  • Long john wetsuit and booties (cold months or Class IV trips only) – call for rental rates
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap
  • Sunscreen

What To Wear in Camp at night:

  • Short sleeved shirt
  • Long sleeved shirts (one light, one warm)
  • Warm jacket or windproof or Fleece (water resistant)
  • Shorts
  • Long pants (one light weight to block sun, one fleece or wool/warm for night)
  • Camp shoes or lightweight hiking boots
  • Wool or fleece hat

For Sleeping under the stars (call us for rental rates):

  • Tent – lightweight with fly or ground sheet
  • Sleeping pad – thermarest or equivalent
  • Sleeping bag – lightweight, compact, not down)

Other Recommended Camping Items:

  • Personal toiletries
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Prescription medications
  • Retainer strap for prescription glasses
  • Biodegradable soap and small towel

Optional Camping Items:

  • Camp chair (compact only)
  • Waterproof Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials
  • Fishing gear and license
  • Plastic containers with liquor, extra sodas, beer in cans.

NOTE: Extra beverages can include plastic containers of liquor or canned beer or wine coolers. Glass is not portable. Wine and soft drinks will be provided although if you prefer diet soft drinks, please let us know in advance of your trip.

Arrival and Departure Information:
Detailed trip notes will be mailed to you once you have booked your spot on one of our trips which describe pickup and departure points, local lodging facilities, other necessary logistical information and details about food, alcohol and the equipment we provide for you as part of your trip package.

Recommended Reading:

  • CANYONLANDS RIVER GUIDE, Bill and Buss Belknap
  • COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND RAFTING MANUAL, Al Brown
  • DESERT SOLITAIRE, Edward Abbey / McGraw Hill
  • DESOLATION RIVER GUIDE, Laura Evans and Buss Belknap
  • DINOSAUR RIVER GUIDE, Laura Evans and Buss Belknap
  • EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND IT’S CANYONS, J.W. Powell Dover Publications
  • PETERSON FIELD GUIDE SERIES, Houghton Mifflin Co
  • FIELD GUIDE TO ANIMAL TRACKS, Olas J. Murie
  • FIELD GUIDE TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILDFLOWERS, Johna Frank Craighead with Ray Davis
  • FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN BIRDS, Roger Tory Pererson
  • FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, Robert C. Stebbins
  • THE MAN WHO WALKED THRU TIME, Colin Fletcher / Alfred A. Knopf
  • THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, Edward Abbey / McGraw Hill
  • RIVER RUNNING, Verne Huser / Henry Regnery & Co
  • RIVERS OF COLORADO, Earl Perry / American Canoe Assoc.
  • RUN RIVER RUN Ann Zwinger / Harper and Row
  • A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC, Aldo Leopold / Oxford Univ. Press
  • WHITE WATER RAFTING, William McGinnis / Quadrangle

Your Health:

Our river trips are not strenuous but they are a dramatic change in routine for most people. Many of our trips occur at an altitude of 8,000 feet and may be situated within remote canyon areas where access to services is limited. Please let us know when you fill out your release form if you have an special health needs or restrictions. If you have special dietary needs, we can usually accommodate you with advance notice.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance through Travelex Insurance (please reference locator account # 06-0520 – product # A0105102) in the event you need to cancel your trip with us.