Ute Mountain Two Day
Located within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Ute Mountain run is a place of wild natural beauty, traces of early native peoples, and thriving wildlife. This trip begins in southern Colorado in the open plains between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. Here you join the Rio Grande as it begins its gradual descent into the deep basalt walls of the Rio Grande Gorge. Following a short hike up the dry riverbed of the Rio Costilla, you will enjoy the spectacular sunset while camping at the rim of the canyon and at the base of an extinct volcano: Ute Mountain.
This is an early season trip (May-July) as water levels are more dependable then in this area of the canyon. One can expect easy rapids, which increase in frequency on day two, as the river winds its way deeper into the gorge. Participants should be fit and prepared for several 1-mile hikes on steep trails.
We accept all participants of all ages, though those interested should be prepared for a 1 mile hike on a rough trail.
Adult $400.00 Child $375.00
This trip begins in southern Colorado in the open plains between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, where the Rio Grande begins its gradual descent into the deep basalt walls of the Rio Grande Gorge. Located within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Ute Mountain run is a place of wild natural beauty, traces of early native peoples, and thriving wildlife. Enjoy the spectacular sunset as you camp at the rim of the valley after a short hike up the side canyon of the Rio Costilla to the base of an extinct volcano: Ute Mountain
Just down from the put-in we will visit the remains of an ancient Indian village. Dream of the past as you view large petroglyph groupings surrounded by the short walled ruins of a Ute Indian settlement that looks out over the canyon of the Rio Grande and the distant snow capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
A Ute Mountain trip provides outstandingly remarkable wildlife viewing opportunities: The shorter walls and relative inaccessibility in the northern section of the Monument form a perfect aerie habitat for eagles, falcons, hawks and owls. Ute Mountain is seldom paddled and is closed to the public from February to April to allow for an undisturbed nesting season. The recently reintroduced river otter is thriving here, making sighting much more probable than other stretches of the river. Elk, deer, and rocky mountain bighorn sheep also call the area home.
Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! Every day we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). In addition, our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!
***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***
Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof drybags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment.
If needed, we provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and tents for an additional $5/day.