5-Day Intermediate River Bikerafting Course on the Colorado River & Lake Powell
Want to learn river bikerafting skills? This river bikerafting for beginners course is your chance. Spend two days on the Animas River (the first in just a packraft and the second doing a micro bikeraft adventure), and then three days bikerafting on the Colorado River and Lake Powell. This is your chance to learn bikerafting skills on moving water. This course includes a discounted 2 nights at Scullbinder Ranch in a glamping tent or the cabin with dinner and breakfast, plus all backcountry meals and boats and boating gear. The course also includes the shuttle ride to Hite, Utah, and back to the Ranch (though if you live West of Colorado and you are driving, we recommend you take your car and leave from Hite). Shuttles to and from the airport are not included, but can be requested.
Day 1 we will focus on building your packrafting skills. Day 2, you’ll do a micro bikeraft adventures also on the Animas River. Day 3, you’ll leave early to drive to Utah (about 4 hours) and get started on your adventure likely with a paddling section (sometimes if it is windy or the weather is not perfect, we will start the loop on bicycles). You’ll paddle 7-10 miles of the Colorado River (no rapids, but fast-moving). Day 4 you’ll paddle another 7-10 miles and then ride hard for 30+ miles. You don’t need packrafting experience, but some comfort in water is required.
Level: This is a level 3 course due to the mileage you will ride/paddle and the general nature of the course. You must have long-distance cycling experience to do this course. I.e. it would be ideal if you have ridden up to 20 miles in one day. You also must have general backcountry experience for this course.
Instructors: Steve “Doom” Fassbinder
**Optional: Stay 2 additional nights at Scullbinder Ranch, including the night before the course starts, Tuesday, October 27 and/or the final night, Sunday, October 2nd: $75 per night, includes breakfast.**
Check out Lead Guide Thad Ferrell’s article, “Bike Flight,” which includes the second part of this adventure.