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The Museums of Western Colorado is excited to partner with Colorado Canyons Association for an educational adventure on the Colorado River, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Paddle an inflatable kayak or relax aboard an oar raft as you travel 25 miles through Ruby and Horsethief canyons. Participants will marvel at the area's serenity, while winding through dramatic sandstone canyons deep in the heart of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA). Short hikes lead to breathtaking overlooks, ancient Native American sites, and red rock arches. CCA's expert guides will share their deep knowledge of the diverse ecology, geology, paleontology, and human history of the area. Delicious, freshly prepared meals, comfortable campsites, and unhindered night skies will be unforgettable.

The cost for the trip is $500 per person for museum and CCA members, and $550 per person for non-members. The group is limited to 15 people, with a minimum age requirement of 15. Participants will need to be in good physical condition while rafting relatively flat water for three days, and hiking moderate to strenuous trails throughout the course of the trip. This is a primitive, backcountry camping experience with no amenities or services.

Payments will be refunded if cancellations are made 10 or more days before trip departure. No refunds for cancellations will be given after that time. CCA will provide all of the necessary equipment for this outfitted trip aside from your personal camping gear. The trip begins Friday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 a.m. and ends Sunday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m.

For more information and to register, visit Colorado Canyons Association at coloradocanyonsassociation.org or the Museums of Western Colorado at museumofwesternco.org. You may also contact Joe Neuhof, CCA executive director at joe@canyonsassociation.org, or Peter Booth, Ph.D., Museums of Western Colorado executive director, 970-242-0971, ext. 2204.

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