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Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted, 31- mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. While canoeing, camping, and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River, learn, explore and create. We ll investigate the natural environment of the river and desert and learn how human, plant, and animal life in these special areas have adapted to this unique environment.  During our explorations, we'll investigate the river's vegetation, including hopefully spotting some populations of rare plants found only in this region. We'll be inspired by our natural surroundings to create arts and crafts using plants as our inspiration, and will try some of the edible plants found in the area. We will also spend time learning how local native cultures used the plant life found in the area. Join us for an ecological exploration on one of the West's most beautiful classrooms, the Gunnison River.

Paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles.

In addition to our guides, the trip will be lead by naturalist Karen Caddis, who has over 25 years of experience in wetland ecology.  

Instructor: Centennial Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be Karen Caddis. Karen is a certified wetlands and riparian delineator, who will teach participants about the ecology as we pass it along the river, including aquatic animals and plants.


Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip.

Price: $450, $420 members


Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge at 6:30am on August 4th, 2017. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Deadline is July 24th, 2017 to sign up.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides, all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO for $74. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.


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