Cloud Ridge Naturalists
Of Tiger Walls and Canyon Wrens
  Of Tiger Walls and Canyon Wrens


May 30-June 5, 2010

Audrey Benedict, Dr. Emmett Evanoff, Dr. Geoff Hammerson, Dr. Mike Scott, and Dr. Ed Wick

Tiger WallThe Yampa is one of North America’s premier wilderness rivers—a world where life is written in water and history in rock. Gathering strength from its two main tributaries, the Elk and Little Snake, the Yampa River has carved a spectacular canyon through the eastern arm of Dinosaur National Monument. Our oar-powered raft journey begins at Deer Lodge Park, at the Monument’s eastern edge. In the capable hands of our guides from Holiday River Expeditions and benefiting from the expertise of our remarkable team of leaders, we’ll spend five days exploring canyon worlds powered by the energy of the desert sun and shaped by the flow of a river that still dances to its ancient rhythms. The stage is set by the extraordinary geology of this water-sculpted landscape—the stories behind the scenery both dramatic and compelling.

Canyon WallThe Yampa River is truly the lifeblood of this high desert country. As we float through a succession of buff and vermillion canyons refreshed by the verdure of cottonwoods and boxelders, the flutelike songs of canyon wrens echo from the canyon walls. Not surprisingly, the Yampa also remains the last stronghold of the Colorado River System’s endangered native fish species—their unique life histories rivaling those of the legendary salmon. The names of the places we pass on this 71-mile float trip—Mather’s Hole, Tiger Wall, Warm Springs Rapid, Steamboat Rock, Mitten Park Fault, Whirlpool and Split Mountain canyons—are all part of the rich fabric of river lore. Join us as we embark on our 21st journey of discovery on the Yampa River—an unparalleled wilderness and learning experience!

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Price: $1,450 (includes a $500 deposit)
Group Size: 20
Trip Rating: 2

Price Includes: 5-day raft trip (oar-powered) by Holiday River Expeditions, all river transfers, crew gratuities, 5 naturalist guides, all meals and beverages (beer, wine, and nonalcoholic) during the river trip, a final group dinner, and 2 nights’ lodging at the Best Western Dinosaur Inn in Vernal, Utah.

Does not include camping gear (which can be rented from Holiday) or roundtrip transportation to Vernal from your point of departure. The adventure begins on May 30th at 8 PM in Vernal, Utah and concludes with departure for home on the morning of June 5th.

Cave above Yampa
             Cave above the Yampa, photo Alice Levine

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