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Whitewater Rafting

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We recommend that you read these three documents, each important to your safe participation in our trips. 

HIGH WATER REGULATIONS

During high water season (2200 – 3200 cubic feet per second/cfs), typically in June, rafters must be a minimum of 12 years old and weigh 50 lbs. or more. 

In extreme high water (over 3200 cfs), the Royal Gorge is closed, and rafters must be a minimum of 16 years old and weigh 90 lbs. or more on all other sections of the river.

WHITEWATER KAYAKING ROLL CLINIC

July 17 & 19
August 21 & 23

When kayaking down a river, the skill to roll your own kayak right side up is necessary when battling whitewater rapids.

Join Outdoor Recreation at the Aquatic Center as we teach the basics of whitewater kayaking and techniques on how to roll your own boat. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to get in some training or a beginner looking for instruction, this program is for you.

To get quality time in the boat, we’ve scheduled two nights for you to hone your skills.

Cost:  $50/person, which includes kayak, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), paddle and professional instruction.

Location:  Meet at Outdoor Recreation

Meet Time:  5 p.m.

End Time:  8 p.m.

Age Restrictions:  Must be at least 16 years of age.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to the clinic.

Note:  All raft trips are subject to change due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, water levels, safety hazards, weather and age.

 

HALF-DAY RAFTING: BIGHORN SHEEP CANYON

July 5, 6, 13, 20, 21, 27
August 3, 10, 11, 17, 18

Whitewater rafting is back!

With the heavy snowfall we’ve seen throughout the winter, this means that the 2019 river season will be a big one.  So join Outdoor Recreation for another great summer full of adventure. 

Bighorn Sheep Canyon offers incredible views, while navigating rapids the whole family can enjoy. A must-do trip for everyone!

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  Regular price is $70/person, RecOn price is $20/person.  Price includes roundtrip transportation, all necessary equipment, riverside lunch, and a professionally guided service.

Location:  Outdoor Recreation and the Arkansas River.

Meet Time:  7 a.m.

End Time:  3-4 p.m. depending on river flow.

Age Restrictions:  Must be at least 8 years of age.

Weight Restrictions:  Must weight 50 lbs. or more.

Prerequisite:  Must be able to swim.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

 

FULL-DAY RAFTING:  BIGHORN SHEEP CANYON

July 14

Looking for a little more adventure? Hop in the boat with Outdoor Recreation for our full-day rafting trip where you’ll see two amazing sections of Class III and Class IV whitewater along the Arkansas River. With beautiful sights and heart-pounding rapids, this trip will be sure to satisfy your need for adventure.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services.

Cost:  Regular price is $100/person,  RecOn price is $30/person.  Price includes roundtrip transportation, all necessary equipment, riverside lunch, and a professionally guided service.

Location:  Outdoor Recreation and the Arkansas River

Meet Time:  7 a.m.

End Time:  5-6 p.m. depending on river flow

Age Restrictions:  Must be at least 12 years of age.

Weight Restrictions:  Must weigh 50 lbs. or more.

Prerequisite:  Must be able to swim.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

FULL-DAY RAFTING:  ROYAL GORGE

July 7, 28
August 4

The Royal Gorge can be viewed from the top of the canyon on one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, or by train alongside the river at the bottom of the canyon. But the best way to experience the Royal Gorge is on the seat of a raft.

This trip is not for the faint of heart or for those who are nervous about rafting, but for the thrill-seekers looking for the most adventure. Our Royal Gorge trips offer the most technical and exciting rafting while floating alongside huge canyon walls. Come see why the Royal Gorge is one of the largest attractions in Colorado.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services. 

Cost:  Regular price is $100/person,  RecOn price is $30/person.  Price includes roundtrip transportation, all necessary equipment, riverside lunch and a professionally guided service.

Location:  Outdoor Recreation and the Arkansas River.

Meet Time:  7 a.m.

End Time:  5-6 p.m. depending on river flow.

Age Restrictions:  Must be at least 16 years of age.

Weight Restrictions:  Must weight 90 lbs. or more.

Prerequisite:  Must be able to swim.

Sign-up Deadline:  12 p.m. two days prior to trip.

CUSTOM RAFTING TRIPS

  • Minimum number of participants:  Eight people required to reserve.
  • For more information and available dates, call 719-556-1734.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

We would like to thank Julie for helping us get a rafting trip booked for 7 people at the last minute on Friday for a Father’s day vacation. Also the staff for getting us suited up and geared for our trip down the river. Sara, our guide down the river, was amazing, even for a “cheesehead.” It was our first time down the river, and she was able to put us all at ease and we may have even learned a pretty solid “Forward 2.” We look forward to another trip down the river where we can successfully apply a couple of “Back 1s” when needed. The entire family had a blast, and was blown away by the customer service and care we received.    – June 18, 2016

I’d like to commend Willie for a rafting trip he arranged for my EE-LogoECED-200pxlsextended family.  Willie did everything he could to ensure my family reunion of 23 people from 11 to 82 years old was a success.  His communication by email and phone was excellent, he kept me informed of every development,  Willie and his crew waited for my family to process through security and then helped everyone with their equipment with a smile.  I can’t express how happy my family was the service we received.  Keep up the good work!  – Russell, July 2015

“I went whitewater rafting with a group this weekend. I appreciate the affordable price, the awesome customer service and the great time! Thanks for teaming up with Fort Carson to make this happen.”        – Jennifer, July 2013

CUSTOMER COMMENTS

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Click here to read the Space Observer’s article about their whitewater rafting experience with Outdoor Recreation.Rafting-July-paddling

 

ACCIDENT WAIVER & RELEASE OF LIABILITY

Before you participate in any of Outdoor Recreation’s programs, you must read and sign an accident waiver and release of liability. For your convenience and to save time the day of the trip, we urge you to download the form (click here), read and sign it in advance, and bring it with you the day of the trip.

 

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