Little Gore Canyon | Kayak or Raft Instructional Course | 2 Days | Colorado River
Kayak or Raft Instructional Course on the Colorado River – Little Gore Canyon
The legendary Colorado River, over 1400 miles long, starts just above Little Gore Canyon. This is one of the first boat-able sections of the river. Alpine scenery, historic points, hot springs and milder whitewater make this a great family trip and all within an easy drive from Denver. This is an ideal river experience for beginner to intermediate instructional courses. Children 5 and up will enjoy this classic river expedition. Please specify in notes either kayak or raft or inflatable kayak instructional.Please specify in notes either kayak/SUP/raft/inflatable kayak. Colorado River (Multi-day) Instructor will pick the appropriate sections or training for beginners: Guide/Instructor April through September
ADDITIONAL COST: Equipment rental charge for using our equipment will include… KAYAK: (Boat), Spray Skirt, Paddle, Helmet, Wetsuit/Boots, Spray Jacket, PFD and flotation. RAFT: Includes Oar raft set up with all safety gear, frame, oars, PFD. (Paddle boat instruction option) SUP: Board, paddle, PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket
2 or 3 Day overnight camping instructional course / raft supported
30- 60 Miles | 2 Days | Class II-III Rapids
Activity Level: Moderate
Pricing: 2 Day $499 Per Person
Trip Preparation: Call our office to confirm details of your trip meeting location, travel plans, equipment rentals needed and final details for your Colorado River instructional clinic. 719 539-6851 ext.1
DVK will teach you how to kayak, raft, and standup paddleboard. Our Paddling School has a variety of programs to fit your needs. Our paddling clinics vary from a half-day introductory lake session covering basic kayaking, stand up paddling, or rafting in Colorado waters. We even offer 12-day paddling intensive course, and recommend at least a 3-7 day clinic to get the most value from your time on the water.
We will teach you the strokes and strategies you’ll need to learn how to guide yourself or others through flat-water or rapids. This is a unique and exhilarating way of learning and experiencing the water regardless of age or previous level of paddling.
You can also choose the craft of your choice, kayak, SUP, raft, or all 3! Our instructors are happy to share with you their knowledge about the most efficient techniques and important judgment calls you need to know to be a safe and proficient boater.
Food Preparation: The meals are planned with lots of fresh and hearty vegetables and salads. Gourmet selections for the delight of our guests throughout the journey. Your guides will be in charge of all preparations and they will amaze you with what comes out of those dutch ovens!
We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.
Alcohol: Dvorak’s will provide complimentary wine for dinners. You’re welcome to bring alcohol on multi-day expeditions, as long as it’s in unbreakable containers. Discretion in alcohol consumption during whitewater days is strongly advised. If you would like us to pick up a particular beer and bring it to the river, please advise and payment can be made for your purchase at the river put-in with your Trip Leader.
Gratuities: Gratuities are not included in your trip cost. While tipping is done at your discretion, tipping is one of the gauges we use in terms of customer satisfaction. If you are ever not satisfied, please let us know so that we can adjust our expeditions in the future.
- $45 per-day Drysuits (gasket damage additional)
- $75 One-day Inflatable Kayak ‘Duckie’ 1 or 2 man w/ paddle, pfd, helmet ($50 boat only)
- $85 One-day Hard-shell Kayak: Floatation, paddle, pfd, helmet, spray skirt (Boat only $50)
- $6 ea. One-day for any accessory item: PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket, Paddle
By Plane: The closest airport is Denver International. Arrive the day prior to your trip. You will need to arrange for a rental car from this point. You will be traveling approximately 3 hours west on I-70 towards Dillon, CO Go north from Dillon towards Kremmling. Your river trip will begin Just 12 miles southwest of Kremmling at river put in BLM site (Pump house) at 8:30am the day your trip begins. Dvorak’s will make shuttle arrangements for your vehicle to be shuttled to the finish point through The CO Shuttle Service. The cost will vary with the trip length. You can arrange to leave any personal gear at your lodging until the finish of the trip or in your vehicle that will be at the trip’s end.
By Car: You will need to arrive at the put-in (see map-the Pump house) by 8:30am the morning your trip begins. Report to your Dvorak trip leader near the river put-in. The guides will assist you in packing your personal gear into dry bags and issue any rented items for your packing as well. PLEASE CONFIRM ALL CAMPING RENTALS AND VEHICLE SHUTTLE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO TRIP MEETING.
Alternatively, you can arrive at the BLM PUMPHOUSE LAUNCH SITE, put-in the night before the trip begins, where camping is an option. There are only primitive amenities at the campsite. We can arrange to have your vehicle shuttled to the take-out point. There is an additional charge for this shuttle service per vehicle: cost depends on the length of your trip. Any personal items should be stored in your vehicle unless you make alternate arrangements prior to your trip.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END
Although you can usually make a connecting flight home from Grand Junction, CO, 2 hours from take out, closest airport before 7:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, but, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays your arrival at the airport (Denver is 4 hrs from takeout). Remember, "River Time" is unpredictable.
We recommend the following for pre-and post-trip:
Grand Vista Hotel
752 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Co 8150
(800) 800-7796 or (970)241-1077 fax
For Little Gore Canyon, only one available near put-in
Bob’s Western Motel
110 West Park Ave. (Hwy 40 West of Town
Kremmling, CO 8045
Historic Hotel Colorado
526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Hot Springs Lodge & Pool
P.O. Box 308
Glenwood Sps, CO 81602
Most Major motels are available in the Dillon and Grand Junction, CO area, also a variety of restaurants to choose from. Kremmling: The Wagon Wheel and The Moose are great breakfast and evening meal options.