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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

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.

STAND-UP  PADDLEBOARDING – September 8

Experience Colorado’s beautiful mountain reservoirs on a SUP! Learn basic techniques and paddling skills that will get you on your way to exploring the local scenery. Cost includes round trip transportation, all necessary equipment, and a professionally guided service.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price, and is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price. Must be 8 years of age or older, be able to swim, and weigh 50 lbs. or more.

Cost: $10 RecOn eligible participants; $40 General price

Location: ODR & Rampart Reservoir

Meet Time: 9 a.m.

End Time: 3 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Friday, September 6

WHITEWATER KAYAK ROLL CLINIC – September 11 & 13

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 includes kayak, personal flotation device, paddle, & instruction.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price, and is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price.

Cost: $15 RecOn eligible participants;$50 General price

Location: Meet at Outdoor Rec

Meet Time: 5 p.m.

End Time: 8 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Monday, September 9

DUCKY DAY – September 29

Paddling an inflatable kayak, or “FUNyak,” is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Colorado. Our guides will teach you the basics of paddling and reading whitewater as you charge down Class II and Class III rapids on the Arkansas River.

If you’ve done whitewater rafting and loved it, this is the perfect progression to your whitewater experience. Never been rafting? No problem, this is still a challenging but beginner-friendly adventure.

Price includes round-trip transportation, equipment, lunch, and guided service. Must be at least 14 years old and weigh 90 lbs. or more. Must be able to swim.

This program is open to all personnel eligible to use Outdoor Recreation facilities and services at regular price, and is open to RecOn eligible participants at a discounted price.

Cost: $20 RecOn eligible participants; $70 general price

Location: Outdoor Rec & The Arkansas River

Meet Time: 7 a.m.

End Time: 4 p.m.

Sign-up deadline: 12 p.m. Thursday, September 26

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

August 10, 11, 17, 18, 25, 30 and 31

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.

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

I went on one of those MWR whitewater rafting trips. I was blown away by the staff and how much fun they made this. I was made to feel very safe. The whole deal was amazing. This was an epic bucket list thing for me. Thanks for doing this for Airmen.  –  July 26, 2019

I just want to send a BIG THANK YOU to your white water rafting team:  John, Ron, Kathry, and … I don’t remember the fourth member’s name. Dang. But the whole showed us a great time when we went white water rafting down the Royal Gorge. Ron was my group’s guide and was such a well informed guide who threw in a few dad jokes here and there. I definitely look forward to booking another trip with Outdoor Recreation!    – July 28, 2019

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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