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08/16/17 Black Canyon Canoe - Orientation Trip

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August 16-19, 2017 - Black Canyon Canoe orientation trip

Culture Lesson: The Black Canyon of the Colorado is the canyon on the Colorado River where the Hoover Dam was built. It is located on the Colorado River at the state line between Nevada and Arizona. The western wall of the gorge is in the El Dorado Mountains, and the eastern wall is in the Black Mountains of Arizona. The canyon formed about 15 million years ago during the Miocene Basin and Range uplift.  Black Canyon gets its name from the black volcanic rocks that are found throughout the area. In 2014, the Secretary of Interior designated a portion of the Lower Colorado River that flows through Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a National Water Trail, making it the first National Water Trail in the Southwest and the first to flow through a desert.

The Canyon Wilderness is waiting for you on this excellent Canoeing trip. Enjoy a relaxing trip with our experienced staff on this 4 Day - 3 Night Adventure. During this trip we will canoe 14 miles and hike the White Canyon.

The group will leave the morning of Wednesday, August 16th and drive to the Lake Mead Recreation area and set up camp.  On Tuesday, August the 17th we will launch from the base of Hoover Dam and enjoy the next couple of days on the water. We will be returning to campus on Thursday, August 19th.

The 2 Outdoor Rec leaders will show you unique places such as Gold Strike Canyon, Lone Palm Canyon, Arizona Hot Springs and Emerald Cave.   There will also be chances to view the wildlife in the area such as: big horn sheep, bald eagles, coyotes, red-tail hawks and more.

The Black Canyon Canoe Trip holds an adventure for everyone no matter the experience. Let this be a great trip as you begin your University of Arizona Career. Beginners will find the joy of running their first moving water and it is perfect for seasoned paddlers.

Outdoor Rec Pro Tip: Wide Brim Hats preferred!