Colorado & Utah Volunteer Itinerary

USA: Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Trip Length: 7 Days, Cost: $1995


Here’s a glimpse into your journey through the Wild West!

Explore the stunning landscapes of Utah and Colorado | 3-days of whitewater rafting through deep canyons | Camp beneath the stars along the Colorado River | Cliff-jump from Utah’s Westwater Canyon | Unplug and enter the wild

Day 1

Arrive in Grand Junction Colorado. Drive through warm desert air with the windows down for 1-2 hours through Colorado and Utah to our epic canyon campsite in Eastern Utah. Deep gorges, massive monoliths, blue skies, and bright stars. Immerse yourself in this pristine wilderness as we camp in various sites for the next 7 days.

Days 2-3

Full-day Volunteer on Conservation Land Management (sample below)

After breakfast, we’ll hike to the worksite to begin our trail-maintenance volunteer work until around 3:00pm. We’ll then head back to the campsite for free time to relax or explore the surrounding wilderness before dinner around 7:00pm. After dinner, you’re free to relax or take part in group games and discussions before bed.

Day 4

We’ll issue your waterproof bags and give you time to pack them (see our packing list). Next we’ll drive to our put-in in Loma, Colorado. Our rafting adventure starts here in Ruby Canyon, characterized by smooth sandstone walls and unique pillars. The water is calm at first, with a few small rapids, perfect for playing around with inflatable kayaks. A side hike up Rattlesnake Canyon reveals a variety of desert plants and wildlife. That night, we’ll camp at Black Rocks and watch the moonrise over 1.7 million year-old black spires.

Day 5

After a few hours of tranquil floating, the river enters the narrow, black rock canyon of Westwater itself. Rapids only get bigger from here. Camp just upstream of the largest set of rapids, deep within Westwater, and savor an epic dinner as the stars come out.

Day 6

Enjoy coffee and 2 hours of swift water rescue before gearing up for the biggest rapids yet! One right after another: Big Hummer, Funnel Falls, Surprise, and the narrowest point of the Colorado River, Skull Rapid. Once we’ve made it through the rapids, sit back and look for bald eagles, great blue herons, and even an occasional big horn sheep. We aim to be at the boat ramp by 4:00pm. After loading boats and gear, we’ll make the 45-minute drive back to Green River for our final night on the river.

Day 7

All good things must come to an end but these memories and friendships will be with you forever. Say goodbye to your volunteers and head home or on to your next adventure!

  • All accommodations/camping throughout your trip
  • All ground transportation
  • All meals
  • Drinking water 24/7
  • Guides and instructors
  • All project materials
  • Tents and most camping equipment (see packing list)
  • Adventure activities and 3 days of whitewater rafting
  • Flights to and from Grand Junction, CO
  • Medical and Travelers Insurance
  • Passport and Visa (specific to your host country)
  • Personal clothing & some outdoor equipment (see packing list)
* Trip dates are based on Demand. GIVE reserves the right to change program dates