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Old 07-11-2008   #1
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Ruby/Horsethief Question

We are planning a nice float on the Colorado through Ruby/Horsethief section in our duckies. I haven't done this one before. We were planning to put in at Loma, but I saw there is also a put in at the Colorado River State Park in Fruita that adds about 4 miles. I can't seem to find info on this section--what is it like? Any suggestions for campsites down river, probably only 1 night? We like primitive and not a lot of people Good hiking? Thanks.....

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Old 07-11-2008   #2
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Yes the Fruita put in adds 4 miles but you must also pay the park fees to use it, there is not much to see in that 4 miles but flat water and Tammis, I would suggest getting to Loma and sign up for a Black Rocks Camp site and enjoy the jumping and Swimming off the rocks, it also makes a shorter trip for the Sunday part. There are plenty of other camps but Black Rocks is one of the prettiest. Mays Canyon is nice with some nice hikes. Just sit back and enjoy the float.

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Old 07-11-2008   #3
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The Fruita put in is good. The park fee helps to discourage people from coming around to break into parked cars. The extra 4 miles on the river are easy, no obstacles, just get an early start if you want to sign up for a camp at Loma. Enjoy your float!
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Old 07-11-2008   #4
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Belknap's Canyonlands River Guide provides excellent river maps of Horsethief & Ruby Canyons. Rattlesnake Canyon offers some of the finest hiking in the area, several impressive arches are found there. Mee Canyon offers a rather private camp w/ opportunity to explore the Black Ridge Wilderness. The most popular and often crowded camps exsist on Moore Bottom, better known as Black Rocks. The pinnacles of Moore Canyon provide a short but beautiful hiking destination. Several camps at Black Rocks have sandy beaches and good swimming. Shortly after Black Rocks on river right is McDonald Creek, home to 1,000 year old Fremont rock art which provides hiking opportunity on your final day.
P.S. Portable toilets and fire pans are required, last year our camp @ B.R.'s was inspected by a local river ranger.
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Old 07-11-2008   #5
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Just floated it last weekend and we camped at Blackrocks # 7. If you have a small tent there is good, secluded camping right on the river, otherwise you have to go a little higher. BR is the most crowded are on that stretch, but we didn't have any problems. Also, there is an island right there that had a great sandy shelf on the right side. Good cliff jumping at # 7.

The state park is nice and has a small lake. It's $6/day to park there unless you have a state parks pass. $14/night for tent sites to camp. We camped there the first night so we could leave a car since there have been vandalism reports at Loma.

The biting flies were brutal. Also, there were signs everywhere that a fire ban went into effect on 7/2.
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Old 07-14-2008   #6
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If I was going to do that wonderful section again... and damn I wish I was!

First night at Rattle Snake Canyon is good if you get on late because of shuttles or whatever. The hike up the canyon in full moonlight was awesome!

Mee Corner is a really sweet, private camping spot with a giant arching cotton wood tree for shade. Stop at Black Rocks the next day to play and swim at lunch, then book it to the take out or...

Camping at Blackrocks is great too - just depends on how crowded your group can take it.

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR SITES AT LOMA - to avoid a fight on the river...

This link should help - click on "Colorado River Brochure" for a map and description of what you'll see along the way. coriver

Cheers - have fun!

Keep it simple. :)
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