Colorado Rafting Vacation Ideas
Looking for the perfect Colorado Rafting vacation idea? We’ve got the answer! Our Multi-Day Raft Trips combine comfortable camping and full days of whitewater rafting!
We “specialize” in multi-day raft trips because we have a unique set of custom equipment that allows us to run self-supported multi-day raft trips. This is where a guide rows a gear raft along with the trip, allowing the trip to camp in the nicest and more remote campsites. It also enables you to camp comfortably and for us to bring many luxury items like chairs, a portable toilet and a full kitchen for cooking gourmet, fresh-from-scratch meals. We also “specialize” because 20+ years of offering these types of trips has allowed us to create an efficient and organized system that allows for luxurious camping and high quality.
Our Multi-Day raft trips range from 2 to 6 days so that you may decide how long you’d like to be on the river. For your convenience and knowledge, we have created a general description and itinerary for our multi-day raft trips (see bottom of page). We understand that every customer has different needs and for this reason, each of our multi-day trips are customized depending on the size of your group and the ability levels and ages of it’s members. Please contact our experienced office staff for details regarding your particular multi-day rafting trip.
Multi-Day Raft Trip Description
Your group will meet at our Buena Vista office at 9:00 am to pack your personal gear for camp into our large dry bags issued to each person. Then you will change, if needed, to prepare for a full day of Colorado whitewater rafting! After a short drive, you will be at the river launch site. You will enjoy plenty of whitewater through the first half of the day until stopping for lunch. Your guides will serve you our famous “Ultimate Fajita Buffet” hot lunch on the side of the river. After lunch, you’ll paddle through a couple of good rapids before the river mellows out a little as you approach camp. This is a great opportunity to paddle an inflatable tandem kayak that we bring as a bonus on our multi-day raft trips. After a total of about 18 miles, you will arrive at one of our beautiful campsites on the remote Arkansas River. Once there, you will meet our custom gear raft and guide (gear boats are used whenever possible depending on water levels) who will be there slightly ahead of your passenger rafts (each with a guide, but without the cumbersome gear for camps.) You group can lend a hand to the guides who will be unloading the gear raft and setting up our impressive camp. In the meantime, you can set up your tents, change and get comfortable. Camp includes chairs, a bonfire, a full-kitchen allowing us to cook very impressive home style type meals, a portable privacy toilet and a hot camp shower! You will have an opportunity to go for a short hike, fish, or just relax by the river while munching appetizers and sipping alcoholic beverages (optional-you can bring them and we will transport to camp on the gear boat), until your guides finish preparing a delicious dinner. Your group can enjoy dinner, relaxing around the fire, dessert, coffee, and tea, before drifting off to sleep to the soothing sound of the river.
Day 2 thru 6 will start off with fresh coffee or juice and a hearty hot breakfast before packing up camp. Once the boats are loaded, you will spend another full day on the river, stopping briefly for a relaxing lunch. There will be opportunities daily to soak in the great scenery of this remote-feeling canyon, swim, look for wildlife, paddle the inflatable tandem kayak, and leave the worries of today’s hectic life behind, oh yea, and don’t forget about the rapids! With a full day of whitewater rafting everyday, you’ll experience a great combination of rapids and floating!
Eventually, your raft trip will come to an end. Around 3:00 on your last day, you will arrive at the take out and be back at our office by around 3:30. At that point, you will unpack your dry bags, view digital photos taken of your group in an exciting rapid (available for purchase as a CD or printed photos), and say your tearful goodbyes!
With a group of at least 4 people, you can choose a date and reserve your trip with a 50% deposit, as long as another group has not already reserved our multi-day gear at the same time. It is a good idea to reserve when you are sure of your dates. If you have less than 4 people, give us a call, we can almost always work something out!
You can expect nothing less than top notch equipment and guides from us, allowing your group to have the time of their lives!
We also have a beautifully remodeled Bed and Breakfast that might be handy for your group to stay at, from the convenience of our facility in Buena Vista. Discounts are available when you raft with us.