Ruby – Horsethief Canyons (McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area)
Fruita, CO 81521
Recreation Area: Camp, Fish, Hike, Picnic, Water Sports
The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River (located within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area), from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flat-water with sections of Class I and II rapids. This section of the Colorado runs through beautiful red rock canyons and has many day hike opportunities offering both solitude and exploration. Motorized use is allowed in Ruby Canyon. Visitors can expect to see motorized and non-motorized craft in Ruby Canyon. Due to limited camping in this 25-mile stretch of the Colorado, overnight camping permits are required year-round and must be reserved in advance. Permits are available 60 days in advance. During the months of May through September, there is a fee for the overnight camping permit and reservation. A permit is not required for day use in Ruby-Horsethief. Map points to the Loma boat launch.