River Runners, Buena Vista, CO

River Runners is one of the oldest white water rafting companies. They have two locations: Buena Vista and Canon City, Colorado. The Buena Vista location has been in business since 1972. They offer fully guided trips every day. Anyone can go white water rafting, though younger children or those with medical conditions are urged to consider the trek before signing up. White water rafting is done on the Arkansas River, which can have areas of extreme rapids. For this reason children must be at least 4 years of age and weigh 35 pounds.

Children of 4 must go on the Family Float Trip. Children who are 6 years and 50 pounds can go on the Browns or Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip. These two trips are Class III rapids. All guides have been trained and certified to be white water rafting with people. For those who do not have a great deal of experience rafting the lesser trips should be taken.

The trips all include self bailing white water rafts, fully guided tours, neoprene wetsuits, booties and splash tops. These suits are for rent in addition to the trip costs. A photo is taken of every trip and available for purchase in the gift shop. A free whitewater rafting slide show is also given. The gift shop offers souvenirs, cold drinks, and snacks.

The Family Float Trip is on 1 and 2 class rapids. The bus takes visitors to the calmest part in the river where one can look out at the mountains. Many of the peaks are 14,000 feet. The raft will go under the railroad trestle, and all visitors should be on the lookout for elk, hawks, eagles, and deer along the river. It is possible to get a little wet on the trip. Brown Canyon is the most popular trek down the river. The white water class can be III in some areas. One can take a half or full day trip depending on preference and budget. The full day trip allows one to raft right from the resort's private beach down the river. No shuttle is necessary in the beginning. The trip lasts for six hours with a stop to learn about the history, geology, and wildlife in the area.

Depending on the trip prices can range from $28 and up. The $28 per person tour is the Family Trip for 2 hours. The Brown Canyon option is $53 for adults and $43 for children for a half day. The half day trip lasts three hours. The Numbers is perhaps one of the most thrilling trips offered by River Runners. For a half day it is $68 for adults. The full day is $106 for adults. To take the Numbers trip one must be 16 years or older. The rapids are class IV and V. This area is one of the most challenging. It is a trip to go on with experienced white water rafters. If one has never been rafting the other trips are better to get your feet wet first.

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