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We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Your entire team of guides was outstanding—friendly, helpful, and I could tell they genuinely enjoyed having us there. Our entire boat had a blast!! A+++ Will recommend to a friend and most likely return myself. Thanks!
All the guides and office staff very committed to customer service!
Thank you for a great experience. Our two day trip down the Arkansas was spectacular.
We will be back no doubt about it.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
The entire staff from reservations, first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
This is the fourth summer to raft with Wilderness Aware, and yet again, continue to be impressed with the client services, safety and the overall trips.
Arkansas River – 2, 3 or 4 Day Inn to Inn Rafting Trip
Colorado Bed and Breakfast Based Rafting Adventures on the Arkansas River
A Special Trip for the Discriminating Adventure Travel Rafter
Inn to Inn rafting is all-inclusive and perfect if you are seeking world-class excitement with all the comforts of home. You will be rewarded with some of the best whitewater in Colorado, fantastic views of 14,000′ peaks, and the charm of the Upper Arkansas River Valley. This is the Colorado Rockies at their finest!
We raft during the day and stop for the night at comfortable bed & breakfasts located near the river. Day one includes a scenic one-way downhill mountain bike trip on the historic Midland Railroad Grade or a horseback ride in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
On this top-quality trip our senior guides cater to your individual requests. Included on the trip are tasteful meals served by your hosts or at nearby restaurants. Your guide prepares a delicious picnic lunch each day as well as evening happy hour drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
You can expect a half day of rafting on the first day and full days of rafting on days 2, 3 and 4. Times spent on the river are approximate depending on the requests of each group and water levels.
Can’t decide if this is the right trip for your group? Scoll down and answer a few simple questions about your preferences.
Location: Located centrally near Buena Vista, CO. Close to Denver, Colorado Springs and major resorts.
Daily Launches: May 1 to September 2
Length: 2 Day, 3 Day, 4 Day, Flexible mileage (between 30-70 miles)
Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate, Class III-IV (V optional)
Experience Level: Suitable for Everyone
Departure Time: 9:00 AM
ABOVE PRICE IS PER PERSON / PER DAY - Choose from a 2, 3 or 4 Day Trip
Child Price Age: 10+ (Min. weight: 50 lbs.) Min. age and weight increase during high flows. Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to departure time. This allows you time to check in, relax, and enjoy our complimentary breakfast before your trip leaves. Breakfast is available 7:30 am to 10:00 am. Price listed does not include land and water access fees.
Sample Four Day Inn to Inn Trip Itinerary:
Day 1: After enjoying a continental breakfast at our office, we raft eight miles through the continuous rapids of the Narrows section and stay at a comfortable bed-and-breakfast located near the river. Since our first day is short, we include a horseback ride or a gentle scenic downhill mountain bike ride on the old Midland Railroad Grade. Your evening meal is served at one of Buena Vista's most popular restaurants.
Day 2: After breakfast at the inn, we raft through Browns Canyon - Colorado's most popular rafting section. Our destination for the night is the town of Salida, home of Colorado's largest historic district. Enjoy your evening walking the quaint streets of downtown Salida before enjoying dinner at one of the many fine restaurants.
Day 3: Depending on the group's preference, we may raft Upper or Lower Bighorn Sheep Canyons, the Royal Gorge or even the Numbers. You will stay another night in beautiful and scenic Salida, where you will enjoy another wonderful dinner at a different restaurant.
Day 4: Again, depending on the group's preference, we will raft Bighorn Sheep Canyon, the Royal Gorge, the Numbers or even enjoy a quick trip in duckies (inflatable kayaks). You will return to our Buena Vista office at the end of the day where you can check out your photos and purchase a special souvenir from our retail store.
Arkansas River Inn to Inn Rafting Trip Resources:
Packing List Pre-Trip
River and Road Maps
Is this the right trip for my group?
Wilderness Aware offers outstanding multi-day camping adventures that include primitive riverside camping and gourmet meals prepared fresh by your guides. But this type of trip is not for everyone. Our Inn to Inn trips are specifically tailored to be small, intimate and customized for guests looking for a special getaway. Here are some basic questions for you to answer to help you decide if this trip is right for you and your group:
• Am I looking forward to an overnight rafting trip where I can sleep in a warm, comfortable bed?
• Do I prefer to dine at nice restaurants or at my inn's breakfast table?
• Am I looking for a trip that includes other activities in addition to rafting?
• Am I looking for a trip that can possibly accommodate special requests such as river sections and meal choices?
If you answered "yes" to most of the questions above, the Inn to Inn trip would be a suitable choice for you and your group.
If you answered "no", answer the following questions and see what you come up with:
• Do I enjoy camping and sleeping in a tent on a comfortable air pad in remote and undeveloped riverside campsites?
• Is dining on meals prepared from fresh ingredients by my guide around a campfire under a clear Colorado sky my idea of fun?
• Am I looking for a rafting adventure that stays on the river continuously without vehicle assistance?
• Is hanging out with friends while rafting, hiking, and playing camp games my idea of getting away from it all?
If you answered "yes" to most of the questions above, you many want to look into our multi-day camping and rafting adventures.