by: Bold Betties
We are a community of women that have one thing in common: the desire to defy our own limits, indoors and outdoors. We explore, we push, we persevere and we support. We never give up on ourselves or each other. We know that women in the wild make for strong, independent and courageous leaders. We are mothers, sisters, wives, partners, friends and just general badasses. And we want YOU to become a part of our tribe! What are you waiting for? Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Betty! Join us on this trip!
Our guided canoe day trips run along two stretches of the St Vrain River: the Meanders and the Kurtz Ranch stretches.
There are 2 separate dates available to choose from and we will add more pending interest.
This half-day, 4-mile experience begins at 9 AM and ends at 2 PM.
Approximately 1.5 - 3 hours will be spent on the water with additional time spent viewing wildlife (see list below). Length of time depends on water levels.
Learn more about both stretches of the river below!
Wildness again meets the edges of civilization on this hidden gem of the St. Vrain. This stretch begins under an interstate bridge that shelters clay flats preserving hundreds of animal tracks. Raccoon, red fox, ducks, herons, mule deer, and even the occasional coyote or bobcat roam through here, leaving their prints in the alluvial mud. This bridge and others on this stretch of river are homes to vast colonies of cliff and barn swallows, and in the springtime they will swarm overhead to greet you. Nearby lakes attract a variety of waterfowl such as pelicans and herons. Red-tailed Hawks often prowl the skies high above our canoes or perch in trees to hunt, and sometimes even the Great Horned Owls move during daylight hours.
Prepare yourself for a wilderness canoeing experience amidst the farms and ranches of Boulder & Weld counties–East of Longmont. Wilderness mingles with rural rangelands on this section to show you an interesting cross-section of Colorado’s high prairie, where domestic cattle roam alongside mule deer and you can glimpse the Old West in abandoned railroad bridges. Meet the nearby family of bald eagles, and see if you can spot their colossal nest! Further downriver, a sprawling Heron Rookery hangs in a Cottonwood grove and when active the lanky birds appear prehistoric as they dwell among the treetops. An elusive Mink might slink along the banks or through the water, and when you stop at a sandbar for a snack, you might see its star-shaped tracks along the water’s edge. There are ample spots to stop on this section and swim, and the stones are perfect for skipping!
Common Wildlife Seen
Throughout your trip on the Meanders stretch you will see cliff swallow colonies, red-tailed hawk nests, and american mink. Choose the Kurtz Ranch stretch and you will see a bald eagle’s nest and a great blue heron rookery. On either trip, you will become more familiar with the following species as well:
No canoeing experience is necessary and we will provide basic instruction and orientation at the beginning of every trip, including learning river safety, paddle strokes, and how to read the river and work with the current. All of your river gear (boat, life jacket & paddle) will be provided. We also provide dry bags for your belongings.
*Disclaimer: There is a learning curve and it may take a bit to get your rhythm. Guides are there to help, instruct, and support you! Canoes can tip over. It’s not a problem, as the river is small and shallow, so the shore is always nearby. Clothing and personal belongings can and do get wet. Please do not bring expensive items that you do not want to lose in the river.
Cancelation Policy: No refunds available if canceled within 14 days of trip