River Program Updates!

CCA has taken an exciting leap in developing our river program! With the help of many volunteers, partners, and donors our offerings and opportunities for fun on the river has increased tremendously. 


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River Outfitting
CCA is now a licensed Colorado River outfitter! We've worked hard this year to acquire all of the necessary equipment and training to run our own operation. Thanks to the financial support of many people, we've acquired three rafts, a 12-passenger van, trailer, camping gear for 20 students and everything else we need to run overnight river trips. Our first outfitted trip in mid-May will take students from the Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL) on a two-day trip to learn about river rafting, desert ecology, and leadership.

The Catalpa Project
The development of The Catalpa Project, a science and experiential learning camp for students of all ages, is well underway. CCA staff, BLM, and many volunteers prepared the camp for students by building stairs, installing camping equipment, and erecting wall tents that will serve as the dining hall and bad weather classroom. Now that the camp is ready for students, CCA staff is working to put the finishing touches on the many curricula for this summer’s campers.

Click here to learn more about The Catalpa Project!

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River Restoration
CCA received funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to restore several sites on the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Starting this month, the Western Colorado Conservation Corps crews will remove tamarisk at the Beaver Tail camp in Ruby-Horsethief Canyons on the Colorado River.

Click here to read more about the grant we received from CWCB!

Interested in becoming a river volunteer? Contact our NCA Stewardship Coordinator, Ryan McConnell, via ryan@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902