When you are looking for a place to have some fun in the water for the whole family, or want a challenge for yourself, you can enjoy whitewater rafting at River Runners in Buena Vista, CO. Not only does this enable visitors to have fun on the water, but it also lets people see the grandeur and beauty of some of the 14,000-foot mountains from water level as they go by.
River Runners provides great opportunities for the whole family to go rafting - even if they have never been in a raft before or been on white water. Of course, there are different levels of rafting available, and guides will help prepare the family for the ride on the Arkansas River. River Runners is the oldest rafting company in the area.
Some basic rules do apply to the family rafting opportunities. Children will have to be at least four years old and must weigh at least 35 pounds in order to go on the trip. For the little rougher Class II ride going through Browns Canyon or Bighorn Sheep Canyon, children will need to be at least six years old and weigh a minimum of 50 pounds. All necessary equipment will be provided, including flotation devices.
Each river rafting trip enables visitors to be able to see a wide variety of wildlife. They have opportunity to see mule deer, elk, eagles, hawks, and some small mammals.
Rafters start upriver and end up at the River Runners Riverside Resort. They can get a meal at the River Runners Riverside Grill, or they may also get tickets to enjoy the warm water at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Many activities are also available here, which includes fishing, beach volleyball, horseshoes, hiking and more.
Some special trips are also available for families. This includes the Bighorn Sheep Canyon Family Whitewater Rafting Adventure. Anyone can go on this trip. No special rafting experience is needed. The bighorn sheep live in the canyon and are rather curious about seeing visitors come their way. The guide will help you navigate the river and also provide you with information as you go down the river and see the wildlife in the area.
Beginners are encouraged to ride in Brown's Canyon or in Parkdale. If you should want water that runs a little wilder, such as Class IV or Class V water, you can ride on The Numbers or on Pine Creek. The Royal Gorge is also available.
The best time to go rafting is in June. At this time of year the water is at its highest. This means it will also be flowing the fastest, which will give you the wildest ride.
Overnight trips are also available. This enables better viewing of the canyon, more wildlife and a longer time in the wilderness. Trips available are for one, two, three, and four nights. Companies are also welcome to bring their crew for a great time, too.
The River Runners in Buena Vista, CO, is just one of two places owned by this company. There is another rafting center near the Royal Gorge, at Canon City, CO.