#conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, August 15th, Ruby Canyon in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area in Colorado
The August #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover Continues with an Urban Escape for Your Bucket List - a Ruby Canyon float trip in the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area!
The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flatwater with sections of Class I and II riffles. This section of the Colorado runs through beautiful red rock canyons and has many side canyons offering both solitude and day hike exploration opportunities. The Black Rock section is composed of rock known as Vishnu schist, which dates back about 1.7 billion years. This same rock, which geologists refer to as “an unconformity”, is exposed in certain sections of the Grand Canyon. There is an abundance of wildlife including great blue herons, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, mule deer, and desert bighorn sheep. Look up in old cottonwoods trees and you are likely to spot eagles and/or their nests. The put-in is less than ½ hour from downtown Grand Junction, Colorado!
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM