LUXURY COLORADO RIVER RAFTING
                                                         Through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park
                                                                  and Cataract Canyon

                                                  A small group of travelers gathers in a cheerful camp on a white sand
                                                  beach next to the Colorado River. The tantalizing aroma of dinner drifts
                                                  toward them. Red, orange, and pink sandstone cliffs rise a full mile over
    “The Grande Dame” of Women’s                  their heads into a clear blue sky. Purple shadows crawl across their
      Adventure Travel Since 1982                 camp as the evening sunlight shoots flares over the canyon rim.
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                                                  Perhaps these travelers are Hohokam Indians on an ancient odyssey in
DATES                                             the year 300 BC. Or maybe the year is 800 AD, and they are Anasazi
June 26 - July 3, 2011                            Indians en route to a neighboring village festival. But no. This is a group
COST                                              of AdventureWomen traveling down the Colorado River through
$2,995 ($600 deposit)                             Cataract Canyon, enjoying roomy tent bungalows and a gourmet chef
                                                  while experiencing one of the finest whitewater rafting journeys in the
                                                  western United States.

ACTIVITIES                                        AdventureWomen’s Colorado River rafting trip is exclusive and unique.
Whitewater Rafting, Natural History, Geology,     After a day of exploring the wonders of Canyonlands National Park,
Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Photography
                                                  Arches National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab, Utah,
                                                  we’re off on a five-day whitewater rafting expedition to experience the
                                                  rugged nature of the Colorado River while enjoying the comforts of a
MAIN ATTRACTIONS                                  migrating hotel and gourmet restaurant. Today’s name for this is
    Explore Utah’s amazing red rocks country      “glamping”—glamorous camping where you don’t have to sacrifice all
    in Canyonlands National Park, Arches          the creature comforts of home!
    National Park, and Deadhorse State
    Park on an all day private guided tour.       Each day we land on a pristine sandy beach. There we relax and enjoy
    Spend 5 days rafting on the world
                                                  hors d’oeuvres, chilled drinks, and spectacular views while a chef pre-
    renowned Colorado River with profes-
    sional river rafting guides paddling
                                                  pares a fabulous dinner that is served on white, linen tablecloths.
    through one of the most exciting and          Sleeping quarters are in oversized, stand-up tents, erected by camp
    beautiful canyons in the world –              staff, and include comfy sleeping bags on cots, pillows, night stands,
    Cataract Canyon.                              and night lights.
    “Camp in style,” (called “glamping”)—
    experience a whitewater rafting trip          Our exciting adventure takes us through the geological legacy of 300
    steeped in luxury, wrapped in the comforts    million years of the earth’s history. Throughout this trip we enjoy what
    of a moving riverside resort, and enjoy       few people each year get to experience: whitewater rafting on the
    gourmet cuisine prepared by our own chef.
                                                  exhilarating Colorado River, interspersed with calm stretches of river
    Hike into remote side canyons to see
    petroglyphs and pictographs, and learn
                                                  that wind through soul-stirring canyons and dazzling geologic formations;
    about ancient Indian cultures and the         plus ancient Native American ruins, fascinating petroglyphs, and
    geology of Cataract Canyon.                   magnificent waterfalls. We hike side canyons in search of Anasazi ruins
    Fly on a spectacular airplane flight out of   and cliff dwellings, and discover cool, hidden pools and waterfalls.
    the canyon over Canyonlands National
    Park and the Colorado River.                  A few hundred miles north of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River
                                                  runs free, cutting through the stunning red rocks of Cataract Canyon
     AdventureWomen is the oldest                 in the heart of southeastern Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. It’s
      adventure travel company for                here in Canyonlands that the Colorado River and the Green River meet
         active women over 30.                    in a majestic setting called “The Confluence.” Now, the Colorado River
                                                  doubles its force, and carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm. Twenty-eight

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         WHAT'S INCLUDED                      rapids take giant steps downward in one of the river’s steepest stretches,
   IN THE PRICE OF THIS TRIP                  rivaling the big water of the Grand Canyon. We get to experience the
  First, second, and last night’s accom-      thrills from our comfortable, safe, and sturdy oarboats run by highly-
  modations in twin-bedded, double            trained guides, with motorized J-rig rafts as support boats.
  occupancy rooms at the beautiful
  Best Western Canyonlands Inn in             AdventureWomen’s 100-mile whitewater rafting journey begins in Moab
  Moab, Utah. Breakfast is included           and ends in Lake Powell above Glen Canyon Dam. After pulling the
  each morning at the hotel.                  rafts and gear from the lake, our guides escort us to the landing strip
  First day fully-guided exploration of       for our return flight to Moab. In this spectacular grand finale flight, we
  Canyonlands and Arches National             ascend from Lake Powell, fly over Canyonlands National Park, and get
  Parks, and Dead Horse State Park.           a bird’s-eye view of the river we just rafted.
  Transfer shuttle from our hotel to
  raft starting point.                        Rafting the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon is a MUST–DO
  5-day/4-night luxury, catered-camping       for all truly adventurous women!
  raft trip on the Colorado River through
  Cataract Canyon. 3 sumptuous gourmet
  meals a day, hors d’oeuvres, beer and       HOW TO REGISTER
  wine with dinner, personal chef, all        First, call (800-804-8686) or email ( the
  rafting and safety equipment, including     AdventureWomen office to determine space availability. We will hold a
  life jackets and dry bags.                  space for you for 5 days while you complete the application process
  Professionally-trained and licensed         and make personal and travel arrangements.
  guides, all with Emergency Medical
  Response and CPR certification,             Next, complete and sign the Trip Application form included in all our
  through Sheri Griffith Expeditions, a       brochures. We can also fax or mail one to you, or you can fill out the
  premier whitewater rafting outfitter        Trip Application form on our Web site by clicking “Book Now” on our
  and one of the oldest in the industry.      home page. Include with the application the required deposit that can
  Large stand up tents, cots, night stands,   be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover), personal check,
  fresh sleeping bags, pillow, a sheet,       money order, or cashier's check. You can also register over the phone
  chairs, towels, and washcloths. Camp        with a credit card. Once we receive your deposit and trip application,
  attendants set up and take down tents.      we will mail you a package of information verifying your registration.
  Iced water, Gatorade, lemonade, and
  soda, plus coffee, an assortment of         Then, call our travel consultants at Montana Travel, 800-247-3538, and
  teas, hot chocolate, and juices in the      ask for Ciretta to make your airline reservations.
  Specially designed oarboats and J-rig       Note: We will only hold your space for 5 days without a trip application
  rafts, built for maximum efficiency,        and deposit payment!
  safety, and comfort.
  One AdventureWomen Associate                ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
  trip escort.                                You should arrive at the Best Western Canyonlands Inn, 16 S Main
                                              St, Moab, UT 84532-2503, 435-259-2300/800-649-5191,
                                    , no later than 7 P.M. on June 26, 2011.
           NOT INCLUDED                       Departure is any time of the day on July 3.
  Round-trip transportation to Moab,
  Utah, from your hometown.                   There are many ways to get to Moab, Utah, depending on which airport
  2 dinners, pre-raft trip (see itinerary).   you fly into:
  Tips for the raft guides, personal
  chef(s), and camp assistants.These          By Air and Van Shuttle
  people are your cooks, guides, wait         PLEASE NOTE that these schedules often change from year to
  staff, storytellers, and entertainment      year, so you need to carefully check to see what is available in
  for the week. A tip of approximately        2011.
  $250 per participant is suggested,
  which is shared by all.                     Great Lakes Aviation ( provides flights from
                                              Denver to Moab. Some airlines also provide flights from Denver and
       (NOT INCLUDED continued on page 3)     Phoenix to Grand Junction, Colorado. Grand Junction is a scenic

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(NOT INCLUDED continued from page 2)                 two-hour drive from Moab. American Spirit (970-523-7662/
                                            offers scheduled daily shuttle service
   One way scenic airplane flight** out
                                                     between Grand Junction and Moab.
   of the canyon from Lake Powell, over
   Canyonlands National Park and the
                                                     From the Moab airport, you can book a shuttle with Roadrunner Shuttle
   Colorado river, back to Moab. When
                                                     (435-259-9402 / or Porcupine Shuttle
   you register for this trip, the flight
                                                     (435-260-0896). There is also Coyote Cab at 435-259-8656. All are a
   reservations are made for you. The
                                                     16-mile, scenic drive to the town of Moab. For any of these services, you
   cost is $150. This is not an optional
                                                     must call and make reservations prior to your arrival.
   expense. It is the only way to get
   back to Moab at the end of the the
                                                     Or you can fly to Salt Lake City and take the Big Horn Express Shuttle
   raft trip.
   (**This will be billed to you before your final
                                                     Service, with daily service between Salt Lake City and Moab (888-655-
   balance is due.)                                  7433/ This might be the easiest and least
                                                     expensive way to Moab. The latest shuttle you should take departs the
            LIABILITY FORM                           Salt Lake City airport at approximately 2:30 P.M., and arrives in Moab
         AND FINAL PAYMENT                           at 7 P.M.
 Part of what AdventureWomen, Inc.
 hopes to foster is the taking of more               By Auto
 self-responsibility for our own lives,              From Grand Junction, CO, take I-70 West to U.S. 191 (2 hours) or take
 health, and safety. Please read the                 scenic route 128, which follows the Colorado River and offers spectacular
 Liability Form carefully, sign it, and return       views (2 hours).
 it with the remainder of your balance
 due by MARCH 29, 2011.                              From Salt Lake City, UT, take I-15 South to the Price/US 6 exit. Then
                                                     take U.S. 6 to I-70 East, to U.S. 191 South (4 hours).
 Notification of cancellations must be               Please call our travel consultant, Ciretta Green at Montana Travel
 received in writing. Full payment is due
                                                     (800-247-3538), for your travel arrangements to Moab.
 90 days prior to departure date, and
 50% of the registration deposit is non-
                                                     HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND HEALTH INSURANCE
                                                     You must have your own health insurance, and not have any physical
 For cancellations received 60-89 days               problems or condition that would be adversely affected by hot, dry
 prior to the trip departure date: 50% of            conditions.
 the total trip cost is non-refundable. For
 cancellations received 1-59 days prior to           PHYSICAL CONDITION AND EXPERIENCE
 the trip departure date: 100% of the                You must be in good physical condition to enjoy this adventure. Being
 total trip cost is non-refundable.                  in proper condition improves the quality of your experience and
                                                     increases your safety, and the safety of others.
 You are highly encouraged to purchase
 trip cancellation insurance to cover                VERY IMPORTANT. You must have enough strength and agility to get
 emergency situations. Information will              into the raft by climbing onto it from the sand and silt of the river bottom;
 be sent to you in your registration packet.         be able to walk in sand up and down from the river to the camping and
                                                     kitchen areas on uneven terrain; and also be able to get in and out of
         SWITCHING TRIPS                             small Cessna planes. Side hiking trips are optional, but if you participate,
 Before your final balance due date, you             they sometimes require the ability to climb up and down over rock out-
 may change your deposit to another trip             croppings on the trail.
 within the same calendar year by paying
 a $75 fee to switch. You may not switch
                                                     However, don’t worry if you cannot swim or do not consider yourself a
 your deposit to a trip in another calendar
                                                     good swimmer. You are always wearing a life jacket, and in the very
                                                     unlikely event of a spill into the river, you are asked to float, not try to
       NO SMOKING POLICY                             swim! In addition, no camping experience is necessary. Many
 Beginning in 1995, our trips became                 AdventureWomen participants are first-time campers. Camping is the
 smoke free. Please note that there will             only way to intimately experience the canyon and is all part of the
 be no smoking by any participants on                adventure.
 AdventureWomen vacations.

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                                             ACTIVITIES AND MEALS
                                             After our arrival and two overnights in Moab, our 5-day river journey begins
                                             the next morning. We board our rafts and enter a timeless world. While part
                                             of each day is spent on the river, there is ample time on shore to explore
 We suggest you book your air reser-         side canyons, streams and waterfalls, hike, or just relax in the evening
 vations with our travel consultant          around our campsite. There are many secluded and beautiful spots along
 soon after registering for this trip!       the way that hikers enjoy! However, hikes are always optional. Both
                                             beginning and seasoned campers appreciate camping on the beautiful,
 In order to facilitate group arrivals and   sandy beaches.
 departures – and coordinate your
 flights to and from Moab, Utah – we         Meals are prepared with fresh meats and fish, and plenty of fresh fruits and
 ask that you work directly with our         vegetables. Here is a “sample” of a day’s menu:
 travel consultant at Montana Travel to
 make your travel arrangements. Either          Breakfast: French Toast a la Orange with Sausage, Fresh Fruit, Orange
 before or after booking your trip,             Juice, Apple Juice, with Fresh Organic Coffee and an Assortment of
 please call Ciretta at Montana Travel,         Teas.
 in Bozeman, Montana, at the following          Lunch: Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Rice Crackers, Cookies,
 telephone numbers:                             and Fruit.
          1-800-247-3538                        Dinner:
   email:                      Appetizer – Greek Platter with Artichoke Dip, Hummus, Olives,
       FAX 1-406-586-1959                                          Peperoncinis, Bagel Chips, served with Olive Oil and
    CANADIAN RESIDENTS,                                            Balsamic Vinegar.
     please call 406-587-1188
                                                    Salad –       Mixed Spring Greens with Pears, Gorgonzola &
 When calling, please identify yourself as                        Walnuts, with blush Wine Vinaigrette.
 If you leave a message on CIRETTA’S                Entrée –      Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Dijon Sauce,
 voice mail, she will return your call                            Grilled Asparagus, and Couscous.
 promptly. She will be happy to discuss             Dessert –     Fresh Baked Brownies with Fresh Berries and
 your travel plans and help you decide                            whipped Cream.
 when to purchase your ticket for the
 best rate. If you purchase your ticket      All meats are from a local butcher in Moab, and all vegetables are either
 through her, she can also help you          locally garden grown or bought from the local farmers market.
 with hotels and rental cars, should
 you want to come early, stay longer,        Note: Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated as long as we are
 or share a rental car or hotel room         notified in advance. Please call our office with your requests before your
 with another participant. If you do not     final balance is due.
 purchase your air ticket through
 Montana Travel, you are responsible         WHITEWATER RAPIDS RATINGS
 for making your own arrangements            Whitewater in the canyon is rated on a scale of I-V. “I” is small waves and a
 for hotels, rental cars, trip extensions,   “V” is the most difficult rapid considered navigable. We can encounter
 transfers, etc.                             whitewater that varies in intensity from mild to wild, mostly III-IV.
 NOTE: The recent trend in travel is
 for travelers to finalize their plans
                                             Wildlife is abundant here, though it takes an observant eye to see it.
 much closer to departure time than
                                             Because of its many climatic environments, an extraordinary diversity of
 was customary in the past. While we
                                             plants and animals live here. Plants range from water storing cacti to
 try to be as flexible as possible
                                             fragile wildflowers. This area hosts the largest herd of Desert Big Horn
 booking last minute registrants, we
                                             Sheep in the west. During the heat of the day, lizards sun themselves
 must often relinquish hotel space and
                                             while eagles and hawks soar along the canyon walls on thermal
 air reservations up to 6 to 12 weeks
                                             airstreams. Early morning and evening are times to see deer, muskrat,
 prior to departure!
                                             coyote, and great blue heron moving along the river's edge. Too warm
 Please keep this in mind when making        for trout, the Colorado River supports the endangered Colorado
           your travel plans.                Squawfish and the Humpback Chub.

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                                              THE WEATHER
                                              Expect warm, sunny, delightful days in Southeastern Utah with high
           TRAVEL TODAY
                                              temperatures ranging between 70 and 90 during June. The climate is
        Please Read Carefully!
                                              very dry with little humidity. Summer evenings are quite comfortable.
                                              Other than an occasional rain cloud, there are few overcast days.
 At AdventureWomen, we would like
 to ensure that all participants
 understand that our excursions are
                                              THE EXCITING ITINERARY FOR RAFTING THE COLORADO RIVER
 adventure travel vacations, and not          IN LUXURY THROUGH CATARACT CANYON
 “tours.” We define “adventure travel”
 as travel in which one actively              Day 1, Sunday, June 26, 2011 Arrive in Moab, Utah
 participates, as opposed to a “tour,”        We meet at 5 P.M. in the lobby of the Best Western Canyonlands Inn,
 in which one is more or less a passive       Moab, Utah, to see who has already arrived at the hotel. If you are
 observer. AdventureWomen designs             coming on the 7 P.M. shuttle from Salt Lake City, we’ll leave a message
 and organizes vacations all over the         for you at the desk telling you where we are.
 world for women who want to
 experience an active, out of the ordinary    Moab, which sits in the heart of the Colorado Plateau, is the only Utah
 vacation, and meet new friends. Most         town located on the Colorado River. The town is nestled in a valley with
                                              the 12,000 foot La Sal Mountains on one end and the mighty Colorado
 of all, we want our trips to be fun!
                                              River on the other. Its remote location and unmatched scenery make it
                                              the premier multi-sport destination in the United States, and many
 In this spirit, the successful adventure     consider it to be the “Adventure Capital” of the world. The area is a
 traveler should be a good-natured            paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and a geological wonderland.
 realist and have a sense of humor!
 Adventure vacations, by nature, require      Moab is surrounded by an immense red-rock playground, a postcard-
 that participants be self-sufficient,        perfect desert adorned with giant sandstone formations, canyon
 flexible, and able to accept situations as   mazes, and thousands of natural arches. Arches National Park and
 they exist, and not just as they would       Canyonlands National Park are right outside our hotel room door.
 have preferred or expected them to
 exist. The constraints of scheduled          Our home for 3 nights (the first 2 nights and the last night) is the
                                              comfortable and spacious Best Western Canyonlands Inn, conveniently
 group traveling also necessitate that
                                              located in downtown Moab. Our hotel is near Arches National Park,
 each of us be understanding of and           restaurants, novelty shops, mountain and road biking, hiking, and jeep
 sensitive to others. Being on time is        trails. The surroundings are beautiful, and the accommodations comfortable
 important, and contributes to the            with well-maintained grounds and tasteful, oversized rooms.
 congeniality, success and well being
 of both individuals and the group!           You can relax in the year-round heated pool and hot tub, or work out in
                                              the fitness room. Best Western Canyonlands Inn offers free wireless
                                              internet in all rooms and complimentary breakfast.

Overnight at the Best Western Canyonlands Inn
16 S. Main St.
Moab, UT 84532-2503
435-259-2300 / 800-649-5191

Day 2, Monday, June 27 Explore Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, Plus Dead Horse Point State
Today is a special introduction to the geology and splendor of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park,
and Dead Horse Point State Park. Fortified by a good breakfast and a picnic lunch, we take a full-day to explore
some of the most splendid sights in these parks with their incredible sandstone landscapes.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah
In the far southern reaches of Utah, the Colorado and Green Rivers carve the high desert into a labyrinth of red-rock
canyons that are sheer ecstasy for the hiker, mountain biker, and whitewater adventurer. The park is broken into
three distinct districts: Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. The vast landscape offers hundred-mile
vistas of rust-colored pinnacles, high mesas, sculpted buttes, sandstone spires, and sheer crimson cliffs.

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The final scene of the film Thelma and Louise was             Day 3, Tuesday, June 28 The Start of Our Exciting
filmed just outside of Island of the Sky. Mission             Raft Trip on the Colorado River through Cataract
Impossible 2 was also filmed here. The actor John Wayne       Canyon
and director John Ford are among the film personalities       After breakfast at the hotel, our Cataract Canyon rafting
who came to the red-rock country of Utah to shoot             trip begins with a scenic drive from Moab to the Potash
Hollywood Westerns, forever searing this landscape            boat ramp on the Colorado River, where our guides
into the mind of the public.                                  give a thorough safety talk and orientation to our boats
                                                              and gear. After loading our boats, we are off on our
Dead Horse Point State Park                                   exciting 5 day/4 night raft adventure through
Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah's most            Canyonlands National Park.
spectacular state park. Dead Horse Point is a promon-
tory of stone surrounded by steep cliffs on the outskirts
of Moab. The overlook at Dead Horse Point is 6,000            We float into Meander Canyon and watch for petroglyphs
feet above sea level. Two thousand feet below, the            high up on the majestic canyon walls. Soon, we enter
Colorado River winds its way from the Continental             the spectacular landscape of Canyonlands National
Divide in Colorado to the Gulf of California, a distance      Park. Today is a lazy day on the river as we adjust to
of 1,400 miles.                                               the relaxed pace, stopping for a short hike and again
                                                              for lunch. During the first 50 miles of our river trip,
From the overlook, we can see canyon erosion on a             we’re surrounded by red sandstone looming skyward,
grand scale. This erosion process has taken approxi-          brilliant green willows beside the river, and sapphire
mately 150 million years, much of it caused by the            blue desert skies. The geology slowly changes as we
river slicing down into the earth's crust as land is          go deeper into the canyon.
forced upward. These powerful forces are still sculpting
the fantastic shapes of the precipitous bluffs and towering
spires.                                                       All of our camps are on pristine sandy beaches where
                                                              our *camp staff creates our river lounge, restaurant, and
Our view includes the Colorado River. And tomorrow,           tent bungalows. Our professional river chef begins the
we are able to look up from our rafts at the point            evening’s dining presentation, and we enjoy hors
where we are now standing.                                    d’oeuvres and drinks on the riverbank in comfy camp
                                                              chairs. We dine at sunset on linen clad tables. The
Arches National Park                                          whisper of the river and the brilliant star-studded sky is
Arches National Park is a geological wonderland. Set          now our wilderness home for the next five days.
in the high desert of southeastern Utah, it is home to
the largest concentration of sandstone arches in the          *This trip is run by Sheri Griffith Expeditions, a licensed Canyonlands
world, some 2,000 in all. That the simple actions of
                                                               National Park concessionaire.
erosion over tens of thousands of years could produce
what appear to be purposefully sculpted formations is                                                        (All meals included)
endlessly fascinating to behold.
                                                              Days 4 and 5, Wednesday and Thursday, June 29
Delicate Arch is the most famous of the arches of the         and 30 Float, Hike, and Explore Ancient Indian
National Park, acting as an iconic image not only for the     Ruins, and Reach the Confluence of the Colorado
area, but for Utah in general. Another famous formation       River
is the Double Arch, and is close to the also unforgettable    We depart each morning after a healthy hot breakfast.
North and South Windows. The Petrified Dunes are a            Camp attendants take down the camp (including your
series of once-sand dune frozen in stone, visible from        tent bungalow) and off we go on today’s adventure.
the park road. These are just a small handful of the
park’s ancient and breathtaking sights, almost all of         These first few days of our rafting expedition provide
which are accessible by hiking trails.                        opportunities for extraordinary exploration. One of the
                                                              spectacular hikes includes the Native American Ruins
Later this afternoon we meet with our guides for trip         at Lathrup. Here we can view ancient pictographs of
orientation. We also receive our dry bags and ask             what is believed to be a solstice calendar, and painted
questions.                                                    outlines of ancient Anasazi hands. During another
                                                              hike, we have the opportunity to explore fascinating
Dinner is on your own tonight in one of the many fine         Anasazi ruins and a beautiful waterfall in Indian Creek
Moab restaurants.                                             Canyon.
                          (Breakfast and Picnic Lunch)
                                                              We can also hike to the top of the Loop (also called the
Overnight Best Western Canyonlands Inn                        mighty Goose Neck), where the river takes a four-mile
                                                              bend onto itself and you see both sides from 1,000
                                                              feet above.

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                              Major John Wesley Powell’s Western Expedition

             In the 1930s, the Grand Canyon extended 50 miles from Moab, Utah, to Lake Mead,
             Arizona. In the 1960’s, the controversial Glen Canyon Dam was built to form Lake
             Powell, and the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon was no longer a free-
             running river. Although Cataract Canyon is now separated from the Grand Canyon,
             this 100 mile stretch of the undammed Colorado River has some of the most exciting
             rapids, along with the most colorful and interesting river history on the entire Colorado

             Major John Wesley Powell named Cataract Canyon after his monumental 1869
             expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers. We see inscriptions that he and
             other early river runners left behind while navigating Cataract’s challenging rapids.
             There are also numerous secluded Ancient Pueblo sites along the river. We get a
             chance to ponder the disappearance of these ancient peoples while exploring their
             800 year old dwellings. Canyonlands is also home of many legendary outlaw hide-
             outs. One of the most famous is Robber’s Roost where Butch Cassidy and the Wild
             Bunch would lay low between robberies.

While part of each day is spent on the river, there is     This is where we finally encounter the famous rapids
ample time to explore side canyons, streams, and           of Cataract Canyon, with names like Capsize, Mile Long,
waterfalls. There are hundreds of secluded and beautiful   Brown Betty, North Sea, Little Niagara, Satan’s Gut,
spots along the way that hikers can enjoy. However,        and Ben Hurt. The rush of adrenaline with each new
hikes are always optional. You also have the option to     rapid is balanced by the knowledge of our guides’
just relax around the campsite during the morning and      experience and focus on our safety. Continuing down-
evening.                                                   stream we are in for more excitement as we enter the
                                                           legendary Big Drops, the steepest descent on the
On the afternoon of Day 5, we pass the Confluence of       Colorado River.
the Colorado River. This is where the Green River and
the Colorado River meet, and where Cataract Canyon         At the end of this exciting day on the Colorado River,
begins. Here the Colorado doubles in size and force,       we pull up to our beautiful sandy campsite and celebrate
and we run a couple of smaller rapids, hinting at the      with well-deserved hors d’oeuvres and cold drinks. It’s
whitewater to come. We stop for the evening at another     a good time for adventure stories. Maybe our guides
spectacular beach camp, where our sumptuous dinner         tell us tales of John Wesley Powell’s historic first
awaits.                                                    descent in 1869 through the rapids of Cataract Canyon,
                                    (All meals included)   or read relevant stories from numerous other books.

DAY 6, Friday, July 1 The Challenge of Rafting the         It’s tradition that the last night of a river trip through
Big Ones!                                                  Canyonlands is “dress-up” night. If you want to participate,
After a delicious and hearty breakfast, our guides take    anything goes. Use your imagination! This is a great
time to teach us how to enjoy the big rapids safely.       way to celebrate the trip as we near completion of our
Then the fun really begins!                                Mighty Colorado River adventure.
                                                                                                    (All meals included)
The major rapids of Cataract Canyon begin past
Spanish Bottom, where it is possible to see a fading       DAY 7, Saturday, July 2 Float into Lake Powell
1893 inscription from the steamer, Major Powell. Here      and Return by Scenic Flight Back to Moab
is where the steamer, from Major Powell’s expedition,      This morning we float the Colorado River through
turned around twice, not wanting to take on the rapids     more serene vistas and arrive at the end of Cataract
below. Now we are in the Maze District of Canyonlands      Canyon, where the Colorado River forces its way into
National Park, with astounding views in all directions.    Lake Powell. On our way to the take-out point on Lake
                                                           Powell, we view 2,000-foot cliffs and explore some

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exposed side canyons that are no longer under the             Notes on packing
waters of Lake Powell.                                        Please pack light and follow our packing list closely! All
                                                              your clothing and personal items must fit into a 20” x
Lake Powell, named after John Wesley Powell, is the           20” x 27” dry bag, which is supplied by our outfitter.
second largest man-made lake in the U.S. Partly in            This is given to us to pack the night before our raft trip
Arizona and mostly in Utah, it is more than 500 feet          begins. You can leave the rest of your clothing and
deep in places. While Utah claims the majority of             belongings at the hotel in Moab, where we return on
Powell's crystal clear water, Arizona lays claim to the       the last night.
most important, but controversial, part – Glen Canyon
Dam. Once the dam was built, Lake Powell was                  Pack clothing that you won’t mind getting wet and dirty.
formed by flooding spectacular Glen Canyon. It took           Fast drying, durable, comfortable clothing is best for
17 years, from March 13, 1963 to June 22, 1980, to fill       rafting. Cotton or the new synthetics are recommended for
the reservoir to the planned level of 3,700 feet above        hot weather.
sea level. The flooding of Glen Canyon later created
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but it also                 Very small day pack (“day bag”) for our first day of
flooded countless wonders and Indian ruins. Lake                  hiking and sightseeing, large enough to hold your
levels fluctuate depending on the spring runoff from              camera, sunscreen, sun hat, rain gear, etc.
the mountains and the releases needed to produce                  Waterproof your belongings in Ziploc freezer bags
electricity from the dam's eight generators.                      or small dry bags. (We are supplied with a water
                                                                  proof “ditty bag” on the river, so you will not need
Once we arrive at the take-out point, we are escorted             your day pack during the rest of the trip).
by our guides to the landing strip for our return flight to       Waterproof rain suit, both top and bottom.
Moab. This is no ordinary flight back! It is a scenic             Thunderstorms in the desert are very unpredictable.
flight over Canyonlands National Park and the river               Lightweight fleece jacket (or sweatshirt). The
we just rafted, tracing our path backwards through                evening air in the canyon may get chilly.
Cataract Canyon. During this perfect end to the perfect           1 pair lightweight pants. Zip-off convertible pants
rafting vacation, we get a new perspective of our                 are great and save space in the dry bag.
adventure from high above the beautiful river and                 Swimming suit(s).
landscapes.                                                       A lightweight sarong to wear while floating on the
                                                                  river. You can dip it in the water and put it over
We are met at the airport and shuttled back to Moab               your legs so you don’t get burned. Also handy to
and the Best Western Canyonlands Inn, arriving at                 use for protection during sand storms and windy
approximately 6:30-7:00 P.M. (MDT). After hot showers,            river days, and to wear for “dress up night”!
we celebrate our last night together with dinner included         Socks, underwear and pajamas.
at one of Moab’s restaurants.                                     Sun hat with string tie-on and sun glasses with
                                     (All meals included)         neck strap.
                                                                  Shorts, 2 pair fast drying Supplex shorts/river
Overnight, Best Western Canyonlands Inn                           shorts with attached inside liners are ideal.
                                                                  1 pair of comfortable walking shoes, trail shoes, or
DAY 8, Sunday, July 3 Departure                                   tennis shoes to be kept dry. These will be worn
Today we say goodbye to new friends as we leave the               around camp and on hikes.
magnificence of this memorable desert landscape.                  1 pair river sandals or shoes that can get wet, will
                                          (Breakfast)             dry quickly, and will not slip off your feet. They will be
                                                                  worn wet, most often in water, and provide traction
                                                                  and protection. Most participants prefer sandals like
WHAT TO BRING                                                     Tevas, Merrill, etc.
Keep in mind that the air flight from Lake Powell back            Long-sleeved cotton shirt to provide sun and
to Moab has a 25-pound weight limit, so your luggage              insect protection.
is limited to 25 pounds while on the river. Since sleeping        5-6 T-shirts.
equipment and tents are supplied, you only need to                Soap and shampoo, all biodegradable and non-
bring your clothing and personal supplies.                        polluting as you will be washing in the river. Check
                                                                  at your local health food or camping store for

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    biodegradable products.                                      Belknap (Map - Jan 25, 2008), at for
    Toiletries, toothbrush and paste, moisturizing lotion        $19.95. Can also be bought at our outfitter’s store.
    (aloe vera), personal medications (carry two sets            Other clothes for our pre- and post-days and
    of anything important.)                                      evenings in Moab (can be left at the hotel while
    Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.                             we are on the river).
    Book and journal.
    Medium to large heavyweight Ziploc freezer bags         Packing Tips / Handy Items
    (plus a large trash bag) for waterproof protection,     Packing in large Ziploc bags is very useful for separating
    personal trash, wet or dirty clothes, etc.              personal items in your dry bag such as t-shirts, under-
    Flashlight or headlamp, extra batteries, and bulb.      wear, shorts, medications, shampoo, soap, wet items,
    Insect repellent.                                       and dirty laundry.
    Water bottle. We recommend the 22 oz. Nalgene
    Everyday OTG Tritan Bottle. Made of Eastman             Baby wipes or moist towelettes are great for washing
    Tritan™ copolyester, the bottle is completely BPA-      your face, wiping your hands, and cleaning sand or dirt
    free. Tritan™ copolyester provides excellent            off of personal belongings. Bring a lot because some-
    impact resistance and is suitable for both warm         times you may use them to take a full bath!
    and cold beverages. Water bottles need to be
    attached to a belt with a carabiner, or better yet,     Pack a few clothespins and rope to dry clothes while
    have a carrying strap or pouch to hold them in          on the river. Remember, on the river it is better to have
    place for “hands free” hiking.                          it and not need it than to need it than not have it! All of
    Several cotton bandannas for uses too numerous          these items can be invaluable and do not take up
    to mention! It’s an AdventureWomen tradition!           much space or add much weight to your luggage.
    Camera and camera supplies plus lots of Ziplock
    bags to protect your camera. Protect your camera        Carabiners are very handy in the outdoors as well as back
    in a crush-proof, waterproof, ammo can available        home. Their oval shape and simple gate mechanism
    at most Army Navy surplus stores, a Pelican box,        allow you to easily clip your water bottle, camera, hat,
    or a small dry bag. Disposable water-proof cameras      and such, to the raft or nearby.
    are also great. Make sure that you bring LOTS of
    batteries, because there is no place to charge          Extra Snacks. Snacks are provided throughout the day,
    them once on the river.                                 but is a good idea to bring extra snacks for individuals
    Small lightweight binoculars (optional) for viewing     who have snack preferences, or for those who may be
    wildlife.                                               diabetic.
    A small roll of duct-like tape, which is great for
    quick repairs of sandals, sunglasses, luggage and       Beverages. Each boat has an ice cooler for “personal”
    more!                                                   drinks such as soda, juice, beer, wine, etc. We bring
    Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide by         beer, soda, and wine, but you are more than welcome
    Buzz Belknap/Loie Belknap Evans and Jodi Parry          to bring any of your preferred beverages.

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