Arkansas River Valley, Colo. (April 8, 2013) – Local rafters and Colorado visitors alike looking to book their summer vacations are assured to fill a bucket list of adventure on Colorado’s Arkansas River.
Not only will rafters be able to boat six different and uniquely beautiful sections of the river, but Arkansas River Outfitters Association (AROA) members are adding combined trips to please every traveler, and fill many blissful spring and summer days.
Some of these adventures include:
Raft + Ziplining
Raft + Mountain Biking (adrenaline-seeking to scenic bike rides)
Raft + Rock Climbing
Raft + Rappelling
Raft + Adventure Park
Raft + Royal Gorge Railroad
Raft + ATV
Raft + Horseback Riding
Battle of the Bighorn Competition
Various combinations of fly fishing, walk/wade and float fishing trips
Most AROA outfitters also offer custom and private trips and many offer private function areas, catering and can host special events.
Upcoming Events Along the River:
Wednesday, April 10: 5-7 p.m. Salida Chamber of Commerce Business-After-Hours at the Salida Steamplant. Kickoff to Summer-Stay Another Day.$7.00 charge at the door.
Saturday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Buena Vista) 2013 Spring Trade Show and Community Connection.Unveiling of “Stay Another Day” community campaign to encourage visitors to Stay Another Day and enjoy the Arkansas Valley Playground. Middle School Gymnasium.
Thursday, April 18: 2-7 p.m. Canon City & Fremont County Expo- 45 (Outdoor Activities Exhibitors) Abby Gym 2951 Hwy. 50, Canon City. Free Event. Over $1,500 in prizes to be given away. Contact for Judi Paxton, Canon City Chamber of Commerce (719) 275-2331
“In my years on the river, I have literally seen everything. One thing is always the same… the smiles on people’s faces as they head down the river. Really, rafting provides such a unique way to experience the beauty of Colorado, which can only be enjoyed as you float on the water, through the canyon, alongside bighorn sheep, deer and river otters. It is peaceful one minute, and then around the bend, a bit of excitement! Over the years almost all of our customers have told us that rafting the Arkansas River is the highlight of their trip to Colorado.” Bob Hamel, AROA member with over 35 years experience rafting the Arkansas River.
“A great family-friendly rafting trip offers the perfect combination of whitewater adventure and breathtaking scenery. From the bottom of the canyon you can really appreciate the depth and vastness of the area.” Amber Kissack, AROA Member