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Don’t let your wheelchair stop you from rafting!

Recently our friends from the Craig Hospital Adventure Program joined us for 1.5  days of rafting on the Arkansas River.  This is always a highlight of our summer! We take folks out of their chair to experience this amazing adventure.  They started with an intermediate trip on Bighorn Sheep Canyon and then added the Class IV+ Royal Gorge because they had so much fun!  When you know someone who doesn’t think they can go rafting, share this video of folks who are not going to be denied adventure in the outdoors!   Craig Hospital Rafting Adventure video.

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Back in the Royal Gorge!

Royal Gorge Rafting ColoradoWe are back in the Royal Gorge after 2 weeks of flows in excess of 3200 cfs.   Now the flows are perfect for whitewater adventure in the Royal Gorge, Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Brown’s Canyon.  We are expecting fantastic, sustained flows all summer with all the reservoirs being full.

We are bringing back our popular 10% off Web Deal on all Arkansas River rafting trips!  Call us today and mention the deal.

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Rafting Guide Training Program now accepting applications for 2016!

We have begun the process of accepting applications for our 2016 Training Program.  Please give us a call if you have any questions after you review our course description on our Employment page.

You will find an online application on that page.   We will also be hiring reservationists, CDL drivers and a food coordinator.   Call us today for details.  Join us for a fun summer experience on the Arkansas River!

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End of the Summer Deals!

September 7 will be our last day offering rafting trips for the 2015 season.  Take advantage of our 10% off Web Deal special for your end of the summer rafting trip.

We will continue to offer guided float fishing trips through September.   The river is in great shape for early fall fly fishing!

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Prime Time for Arkansas River Rafting!

July is prime time for rafting in Colorado on the Arkansas River!   The Royal Gorge is at perfect levels for high adventure and the Bighorn Sheep Canyon provides great family class whitewater.   This is our busiest month so book early as there are some sold out dates!   See you on the river soon!

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Record High Water and why it is a fun thing!

Yesterday we set an all time high water level of 6300 cubic feet per second.   Yes, it is high but here is the good thing.  The Arkansas River has many access points and various sections so ALL trips for ALL levels are still available!  We simply move itineraries around for the appropriate trip.  EVERYONE is having fun out there!  And the heat is on with temperature hitting the high 80’s and low 90’s.

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Arkansas River Tours has just received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.  Thanks to all our wonderful customers who posted reviews that resulted in this honor.   We are still the # 1 activity in Cotopaxi !  Click on the Trip Advisor icon on the top of this page to see our reviews.

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Let the fun begin!

We are now open for whitewater adventures on all of our Arkansas River trips!   Call us today to reserve your trip! The snowpack has increased in April and we are right at normal which will mean great water levels for the 2015 season.  We also have about 2 more weeks for float fishing trips.

There are still a few more spots for our Gunnison Gorge – Photography Workshop trip with John Fielder.  This trip is May 16-18, 2015.  Call for more information today!

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We are open for float fishing!

We are open for the 2015 Float Fishing season!   Hungry fish are cooperating to make this a great start to the season.  Flows are conducive for a great fry emergence and the water is clear.   We are focusing on baetis hatches and caddis are not far behind having started hatching in Canon City.  Of course, streamers from the boat are still my favorite way to go!

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Mumford & Sons Announces Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Salida


Salida, CO – Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Salida, CO on August 21st and 22nd.  The Stopover includes numerous internationally acclaimed artists, including The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more to be announced.

There are four Stopover locations in North America, each a two-day event that combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival.  Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday shows.  A series of smaller events involving local businesses, venues, and, most importantly, local people will happen in and around the town.

About this year’s upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons said: “The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer.”

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on March 6th from www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/tickets. Please visit the website for all ticket details.

Yes , we will be offering rafting specials for the festival goers before and after the show!

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