There’s a time of day when the sun has descended low enough that the cliff walls cast their shadows on the water. The shadow on the river essentially turns it into long, linear mirror. The cliff walls and the trees on the shore are mirrored on the river, which turns the canyon into a funhouse work of art. After the river serenade, we spend another 90 minutes paddling to Lee’s Ferry, and the end of our day’s kayaking adventure. Along the way we passed a group of wild horses grazing on the bank at the river’s edge. Though a float trip through this stretch of the Colorado River starts a short distance below the Glen Canyon Dam, access to the river can only be obtained from Lee’s Ferry. From there, private boats are allowed to launch and motor upriver where they can drop off their friends with kayaks. You’ll be sharing the river with rafts from Wilderness 28 Gateway to Canyon Country River Adventures, who transport sightseers from the Dam to Lee’s Ferry, as well as fly fishermen with Lee’s Ferry Anglers, who park their jetboats on the bank, or on gravel bars and flycast for trout. Two companies offer backhaul services from Lee’s Ferry upriver. They will transport you, your friends, your dogs, your kayaks and whatever gear you want to bring with you upriver and drop you off at whatever point you wish to begin your float trip. Camping along the river is also allowed, but you must camp in a designated campsite. There are nine of them along the river. Camping at them is free, but they cannot be reserved in advance. They operate on a first come, first served basis. If you plan to camp, the companies that provide the backhaul can drop your camp gear off at your desired beach, then transport you and your kayaks up river, and from there you can paddle back to your campsite.
Kayak the Colorado Kayak the Colorado rents kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. They charge $75 per person for the backhaul. Kayaks and canoes rent for about $45. They will meet you at Lee’s Ferry any time that works best for your group. (928)-856-0012, kayakthecolorado.com Wilderness River Adventures Wilderness River Adventures charges $65 per person for their backhaul services. You must meet them at Lee’s Ferry at times specified by them. They do not rent kayak, canoe or SUP rentals. 800-992-8022, www.riveradventures.com www.GatewaytoCanyonCountry.com 29