TBT: Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River (Aug 2016)

This post is part of a Throwback Thursday series featuring trip reports that we haven’t had a chance to write about until now! Look for them at least every other Thursday!

I love rafting. During my previous years teaching at Standley Lake High School in Westminster I was always a chaperone for a geology science field trip that involved 3 days through the Ruby Horsethief Canyon of the Colorado River from Loma to the take out just before Westwater. Since I left my teaching position there 10 years ago, I don’t think I have been on a raft. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it any less. So, when Larry offered to take me rafting sometime, I was happy to go.

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River.
Just after putting in at Pumphouse.

Last August, this stretch of the Upper Colorado was still running pretty strong due to a dam release. So, even though it was late in the season, the rafting was fun. Others knew it too, and this section was quite crowded.

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River
Looking up river toward the Gore Canyon. We put in below, rafting the Little Gore Canyon.

It was a good time for me to go rafting, because I was just 2 weeks out of my first of a 2 stage knee surgery. I was still recovering and could only ride easy singletrack. I needed another week or so of recovery before I could return to more difficult trails. So, rafting seemed like a pretty good idea.
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

We put in at Pumphouse and took out at Radium, all just up river from State Bridge.
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Similar to the Ruby Horsethief segment of the Colorado River, rafting Little Gore Canyon is pretty much a float trip.
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

We saw numerous rafts on the river.
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Interesting cave….
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Did I mention that people who raft like to party?
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

A little bit more floating and then it was time to take out at Radium.
Rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River

It was a fun float rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River and interesting to check out another section of this mighty river. I’ve often thought about getting rafting gear and taking up that sport more seriously, but then I realize it would take too much time away from skiing and biking in the spring/summer. Still, rafting is fun, and I’m looking forward to exploring more places through the water again someday!

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Brittany shares a fun float trip while recovering from part 1 of her knee surgery - rafting Little Gore Canyon of the Upper Colorado River!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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