Boy Scout Colorado Basecamp

Posted on November 15, 2012

Troop camping at the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Troop camping at the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort in Buena Vista, Colorado.


Troop Camping and Rafting on the Arkansas River

Boy Scout and Venturing Crew Base Camp

The River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort is the perfect Boy Scout and Venturing Crew base camp in Colorado. Explore Chaffee County in Colorado this summer from this unique group camping destination. Enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, zip line tours and other outdoor adventures.

The riverside campground has three group campsites along the banks of the Arkansas River. Each camp has picnic tables and an established fire pit with a capacity of 15 – 20 people.

Campsites are limited. Call today: 800-723-8987


Campground Amenities

  • Raft Browns Canyon from camp
  • Indoor bathroom facilities with free hot showers
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Horse shoe pit
  • Catch and release fishing
  • Riverside Grill
  • Rafting store



Riverside Campground Boy Scout Troop Playing Sand Volleyball.
Boy Scouts play sand volley ball after rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado.


Now this is Colorado

Nestled between Buena Vista and Nathrop, Colorado, the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort campground is convenient to all Chaffee County activities. Scout troops can whitewater raft Browns Canyon right from River Runners, hike numerous 14,000 foot peaks seen from camp and mountain bike or horseback ride sections of the Colorado Trail or nearby Four Mile area. Also ask about our Raft and Zip packages.


Browns Canyon - Class 3 whitewater rafting near Denver, Colorado
Browns Canyon rafting trips launch from the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort.


Earn Merit Badges at River Runners

Scouts can earn a whitewater merit badge here with the help of River Runners and your Merit Badge Counselors; or let us help you with the BSA 50-Miler Award to combine hiking and paddling miles. There are numerous other merit badges your troop can earn in Colorado.


Boy Scout White Water Merit Badge Colorado
A partial Boy Scout whitewater merit badge at River Runners is fun and educational.


Base Camp to Adventure

Use the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort campground as your troop base camp to explore all that Chaffee County Colorado has to offer.

Between all the adventure, Scout Troops and Venturing Crews can relax at camp alongside the Arkansas River and observe wildlife including deer, water fowl and other birds. Take a trip to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs just 10 minutes away. Be sure to get discount soaking passes through River Runners.


Creek Side Hot Springs in Colorado
Colorado creek-side hot springs at Mt. Princeton.