Colorado white water rafting is fun for the whole family

Arkansas River rafting June 22, 2011



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Tuesday June 21, 2011 on the Arkansas River

Colorado river rafting on the Arkansas River June 21, 2011. Check out the high water on the Arkansas River in Colorado. On this particular day the Arkansas River was flowing about 28,00 CFS. River Runners offers white water rafting trips daily May – September in Buena Vista and Canon City, Colorado.


We are experiencing extreme high water this year due to the incredible snowfall in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Experts say the Arkansas River should peak this year at about 5,200 CFS on July 2, 2011.

This is incredibly high for the Arkansas River. This makes for incredible white water rafting. Do not miss this Colorado white water rafting season.

Buena Vista, Colorado Arkansas river rafting report

Buena Vista, Colorado weather

River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort in Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado white water rafting flows for the Arkansas River

Canon City, Colorado Arkansas river rafting report

Canon City, Colorado weather
River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center in Canon City, Colorado

Canon City, Colorado white water rafting flows for the Arkansas River

Get the family outside and go white water rafting in Colorado

Adrenaline intensifies your memories. There is no better way to get out and explore Colorado than take the family white water rafting. Work together as a team and navigate the rapids on the Arkansas River. You will be surrounded by incredible geology and Colorado history on your white water rafting trip. Watch for wildlife while rafting. Bighorn sheep live along the Arkansas River as well as deer, elk, and other small mammals and water fowl. These white water rafting trips are fun and educational.

Half off Colorado white water rafting deal

Avoid the crowds on Saturdays is always a good tip when rafting in Colorado. Saving money on your Colorado vacation is also great. If your schedule is flexible, join River Runners on an afternoon white water rafting trip on the Arkansas River. Raft either Browns Canyon in Buena Vista or Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Canon City on Tuesday or Thursday at 2:30. Buy one rafting ticket get one half price.

White water rafting in the Arkansas River Valley

The Arkansas River valley including the Colorado towns of Salida and Buena Vista is one of the leading destinations for vacationers in the Rocky Mountains, thanks to the breathtaking views of the 14,000 foot Collegiate Peaks and the variety of recreational activities in the area. White water rafting, hiking, wildlife watching, backpacking, snowmobiling, bicycling, mountain climbing, horseback riding, jeeping, ATVing, fly fishing, photography and camping are just some of the activities that await the Colorado outdoor enthusiast. In addition, the National Historic District of Salida features an impressive array of specialty shops, art galleries, museums and fine restaurants. The lodging in Salida and Buena Vista is among the finest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Both Buena Vista and Salida Colorado are mountain towns located on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County.

Things to do in Salida Colorado

ARTWALK, ARTWALK, ARTWALK – June 24, 25, 26 – Historic Downtown Salida! Events & schedules: Over 50 Art Galleries & Venues exhibiting the best art in southern Colorado during this fabulous 3-day art event Mini-Masterpieces art auction 9-3pm @ Salida Steamplant June 25th. “Street Sheet” Interactive Painting project in front of Unique Theater on W. 1st St., Noon – 4pm June 25th. Gallery Receptions: 5-9pm June 25th. Make Salida your destination point to visit, browse and interact with the artists. Your best purchase opportunities for fine art, pottery, glass, photography, fiber, sculpture, jewelry and more! .

Bighorn Sheep: Colorado’s State Mammal

Program on the Bighorn Sheep: Colorado’s State Mammal, Saturday, June 25. Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Jim Aragon of the Colorado Division of Wildlife for a program about Colorado’s state mammal, the bighorn sheep. Jim will give an in-depth presentation on the types of bighorn sheep found in our region, their habitat and life history. The bighorn sheep are a regal symbol of the Rocky Mountains and important inhabitants of our area as evidenced by nearby Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The program will take place from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. at the Salida Regional Library’s downstairs community room. The program is free for GARNA members and for kids under 12 and $5 for non-members at the door. Pre-registration is not required. For additional information and a list of other GARNA programs, please visit or call 719-539-5106.

FREE Colorado music

Thursday’s at Six Concert Series: The second of our Thursday night concerts will be happening in Riverside Park this Thursday, June 23 at 6pm. Bruce Hayes will take the Salida Amphitheater stage at 6pm with Colorado Mountain Fusion. The concert is FREE, however, we will be accepting donations to benefit the Farm to Table program. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy good music for a good cause.

Colorado Golf

Calliope Golf Scramble, An afternoon of FUN while supporting our local youth and the ARTS. Place: Salida Golf Course, Date: Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, $40.00 for 9 holes of golf. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place & $5.00 mulligan’s, Sign up now at the Salida Golf Course or with Tami Walker @ 719-221-0858. Sponsor a hole for $75.00. This is a great way to advertise and support our local youth.

Things to do in Buena Vista, Colorado

Birding in Colorado

Birding outing in Buena Vista, Sunday, June 26. The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is holding a bird watching outing. Explore the pond, park, and nearby neighborhoods in Buena Vista to identify birds that live in the area. The group leader is Andrew Mackie, experienced birder and director of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas. The depth of the program will depend upon the knowledge and interest of participants, but no birding experience is necessary. Focus will be on the keys of identification and some of the natural history of local birds. To carpool from Salida meet at 7:00 a.m. at the public parking west of Safeway. At 7:30 a.m. all participants should meet on the west side of McPhelemy Park in downtown Buena Vista. The outing will end at 9:30 a.m. Participants are asked to bring binoculars, water, a snack, and their favorite bird book for a fun and educational morning. The program cost is $5 GARNA members, $10 non-members or join GARNA and the program is free. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit or call GARNA at 719-539-5106

Current age restrictions for white water rafting trips on the Arkansas River

As of this date, June 21, 2011, current age minimums for River Runners white water rafting trips on the Arkansas River are as follows:

Although it is appropriate for children and people with some physical disabilities to go white water rafting on the Arkansas River in June, it is important that you know your limits and discuss age and/or physical limitations with a River Runners white water professional.

What to wear on your Colorado white water rafting trip on the Arkansas River in June

Air temperatures in Buena Vista, Salida and Canon City, Colorado have been in the mid-80s to mid-90s, but water temperatures on the Arkansas River are between 48 and 54 degrees (f), depending on whether you are rafting on the upper or lower sections. Splash tops, wetsuits and booties are highly recommended and available for rent at any Colorado white water rafting company – including River Runners. Cotton is not an appropriate layer for white water rafting, but fleece, neoprene, wool and polypro are recommended. These items can be stowed in your guide’s dry bag on full days, as air temperatures can go from hot to cool over the course of the day if afternoon clouds roll in over the mountains.

River Runners – The White water Professionals

Our white water rafting guides have been rafting on the Arkansas River every day this year since May 1, and our trainees have logged more than 125 hours and more than 450 miles on the Arkansas River since May 23 (more than double the requirements of Colorado State Parks). Some of our senior guides have been rafting for more than 20 years and many more have guided for at least 10 years, so you can expect experience on every River Runners Colorado white water rafting trip.