Day Canoe Trip FAQ

A half day trip is $79 per person.
A full day trip is $99 per person.

Yes! We have a group rate!

For a group of 4 or more, a half day trip is $69 per person, and a full day trip is $89 per person.

The meeting spot where our canoeing river adventures begin is right outside the Starbucks in Firestone. Participants customarily park in the plaza parking lot and meet us on the Starbucks patio. After our rendezvous, we will car-pool a short distance to our put-in site.

The address is 11169 E I25 Frontage Rd, Firestone, CO 80504 

Travel Distances to the Starbucks in Firestone:

  • 15 min from Longmont
  • 35 min from Boulder
  • 40 min from Denver
  • 25 min from Loveland
  • 45 min from Fort Collins
  • 40 min from Greeley


From Denver: Follow I-25 North to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 N. Go east on 119 and take a left on the I-25 Frontage Road. The plaza containing the Starbucks will be just after this on your left.

From Ft. Collins and points north: Follow I-25 South to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 S. Go east on 119 and take a left on the I-25 Frontage Road. The plaza containing the Starbucks will be just after this on your left.

From Longmont or Boulder: Take CO-119 (Diagonal Highway) northeast through Longmont to Firestone. Go under I-25 and take a left on the I-25 Frontage Road. The plaza containing the Starbucks will be just after this on your left.

Up to 16. We try to maintain a maximum ratio of 1 guide for every 6 participants.  Usually, our ratio is closer to 1:4.

If you have a larger group, contact me and I will do my best to accommodate you!

Yes! If you appreciated your guides and would like to offer a tip, we would welcome your generosity. Tips are split equally between the guides and the shuttle driver.

These are not whitewater trips! Our trips are class 1 float trips.  At high water in the spring, we may experience some class 1 riffles, but they are minor.

The major hazards we have on the St. Vrain are trees that have fallen into the river. We will either portage around them or paddle on by. Some sections may have fences going across the river, but we can generally duck underneath them.

No.  Your guides will teach you everything you need to know!  Be prepared for a learning curve.  It may be a little difficult at first, but you will get the hang of it quickly.

Yes!  Most likely, we will see bald eagles, hawks, blue herons, and great horned owls.  We may also see snapping turtles, mink, beavers, raccoons, fox, coyote, and maybe even the elusive bobcat.  There is no danger of aggression- the wildlife we will see will ignore us and go about their business. It’s an amazing experience to see such a multitude of species so close to home!

We will carpool from the Starbucks to the starting location. At the end of the trip, carpools will return to the Starbucks where you parked your cars.

Yes!  For you and groups of up to 15, there are many more sections of the river to explore.  We will cater to all of your needs and desires.

Custom trips can be on our usual sections of the St. Vrain or, if you have a small group or are solo, we can explore hundreds of miles of river along the Front Range from Denver to Fort Collins. Just contact us to make arrangements.

All of our day trips occur on sections of the St. Vrain River east of I-25 near Firestone, CO.  We have 16 miles of river to choose from!

Custom day trips can be scheduled on hundreds of miles of river from Denver to Fort Collins! We float sections of the St. Vrain, Boulder Creek, the South Platte, the Big Thompson, and the Cache la Poudre rivers.

Your feet will definitely get wet and muddy.  There is always a possibility of getting totally wet if your canoe happens to flip over.  The river is generally quite shallow, so you will likely be able to stand up right away- flipping over isn’t a big deal! We will help you out if this happens- you are in good hands!

In fact, depending on the conditions, there may also be opportunities to jump in the water and float down on purpose- Our head guide Lauren tries to get wet as often as she can, because it’s fun!

Yes as long as they are 5 or older.  An adult chaperone is required for youth ages 5-15 years old.

Yes.  We will provide them for everyone, and you will wear one at all times.

No.  However, you should feel comfortable with water.  You will be wearing a life jacket at all times and if you are nervous, you can ride with the guides.

Our guides are experienced taking people of all ages including many in their 70s and even 80s.  As long as you are mobile enough to walk from the car to the canoe and get into the boat, we can take you!

Many of the sections we float have put-ins and take-outs that are located on private land. It is not advised to access these areas without permission of the landowners. Additionally, hazards can be found on many sections of river that may require special skill or knowledge to navigate. As stewards of these rivers and their communities, we want to help ensure that recreation is safe. If you would like to learn where to safely go out with friends, please feel free to contact us.

Utah Week Long Canoe Trip FAQ

For the women’s river retreat and couple’s river retreat, the cost is $1495 per person, and the early bird rate is $1295 per person.

50% nonrefundable deposit is due upon signup.  The full payment is due 4 weeks before the trip. 

The 50% deposit is not refundable. 2 weeks before the trip, the full amount is non-refundable

( Payment plans are available upon request )

We will meet in Moab at 2pm on the first day of your trip. Our meeting location is the office of Canyonlands by Night and Day (1861 N Hwy 191 Moab, UT 84532) who will do our shuttle.

We will fill out paperwork for Canyonlands by Night and Day and they will shuttle us to the put-in at Ruby Ranch.  We will camp at Ruby Ranch on the first night and launch on the river the next morning.

Our trips have 4 to 12 participants, with 2 to 4 guides.

If you have a custom group you would like to float Labyrinth Canyon with, we can take up to 20 people.

The River’s Path will provide canoes, paddles, lifejackets, dry bags, group gear, kitchen supplies, and all meals. You will be responsible for:

personal gear
day pack
Sleeping bag
Personal sized tarp
Sleeping pad
Daypack for hiking
Travel pillow
Extra stakes (2)
2 water bottles (or 1 plus a camelback)
Cup for coffee/tea/ hot chocolate
Pocket knife
Bowl for food (I like a Tupperware with a lid)
Spoon and fork
headlamp or flashlight
2 pens/pencils
Shoes for hiking
River sandals
Flip flops for camp
Bathing suit
SMALL towel
Nylon/polypropylene/wool clothing:
shorts (3 pairs)
long pants (2 pairs)
Short sleeve shirts (4)
Long sleeve shirts (3)
underwear (7)
socks (2)
long underwear top and bottom (1 each)
warm fleece/sweater, (1)
warm jacket (1)
Rain coat
Rain pants
Warm hat
Sun hat with brim (I use a cowboy hat)
Warm gloves
Warm shoes
Bug spray
Lotion (essential!)
Lip balm
Biodegradable soap
Feminine products
Plastic ziploc for used feminine products
Handkerchief or Kleenex
Hammock (and ropes for hanging it)
waterproof camera (or a camera with a pelican box to protect it, can purchase at REI)
Colored pencils/crayons/etc
Neck gaiter (I like to have one)
Waterproof Binoculars
Do not bring!
Wear no cotton!
Phone (no reception anyway)
(You can leave these in the car for the end if you would like)

Yes! If you appreciated your guides and would like to offer a tip, we would welcome your generosity.

Labyrinth Canyon is a flat water float trip- no whitewater!  The major hazard is weather.  It can get windy, and thunderstorms can happen at any time.  We will take every precaution to avoid difficult weather conditions while we are paddling. We schedule our days in a way that we can do a layover day in camp if weather conditions are not conducive to paddling.

No.  Your guides will teach you everything you need to know!  Be prepared for a learning curve.  It may be a little difficult at first, but you will get the hang of it quickly.

Yes!  We can accommodate up to 20 people for a float through Labyrinth Canyon. Length of trip can be 45 to 68 miles long, and 4-14 days long, depending on how many layover days you would like to have! Contact us to inquire.

The Utah trips are on the Green River just north of Canyonlands National Park. We usually put in at Ruby Ranch and take out at Mineral Bottom.

The women’s and couple’s trips are for adults 18 and older. Most participants are in their 30s to 60s, but we have had several people in their 20s and 70s as well!

If you are interested in a custom trip, children ages 5 and up are welcome.

We have a diverse background including training at Naropa University, Animas Valley Institute, Wilderness Awareness School, Tom Brown’s Tracker School, the School of Lost Borders, Matrixworks, Newfield coach training, and Transformational Wilderness guide training with the Earth Based Institute. Specific information can be found on our “About” page.

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