Paddle: McInnis Canyons NCA

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This section of the Colorado River (Loma Launch to Westwater) flows through the heart of the McInnis Canyons NCA. The run is approximately 25 miles in length with Class I & II rapids. There are many day hike opportunities in the side canyons of Knowles, Moore, Mee, Bull, and Rattlesnake.

Day use permits are not required for paddling on this section of the river. There are overnight camping permits required, with low impact camping, and no fires are allowed in the river corridor, as of July 1, 2017. Beginning on May 1, 2017, reservation fees ( have increased from $6 to $10.

Basecamp Fruita Link
Bureau of Land Management
Grand Junction Field Office
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
River Permit Phone: (970) 244-3000

Ruby-Horsethief Campsites:

Camping at Black Rocks

River Campsite

Ruby Horsethief Canyons