*UPDATE: Colorado Rafting Open Through Labor Day
Due to high spring snowfall and an extended runoff season, river levels on most Colorado rivers remain well above average for late summer. In response to the excellent late-season river-rafting conditions, Wilderness Aware Rafting has extended its 2011 Colorado white water rafting season through September 5th.
When Colorado received a record amount of late Spring snowfall in April and May of 2011, there was some concern among white water rafting enthusiasts as to whether or not the 2011 Colorado rafting season would be any good or not. Flooding seemed inevitable, and a quick run-off would lead to a rapid transition from flooding to low water levels. Fortunately, temperatures stayed relative cool in the late spring and early summer run-off period, leading to extended runoff and ideal Colorado white water rafting conditions, particularly later in the season. In fact, according to Wilderness Aware CEO Joe Greiner, “July and August have seen the best white water rafting conditions in Colorado since 1995.”
This slow, steady runoff of a record amount of precipitation means that, while water levels have dropped well below their peak flows, they still remain well above average for mid-August. To take advantage of these the excellent river conditions, Wilderness Aware has extended its 2011 rafting season through Labor Day weekend. The Arkansas River, including Browns Canyon, Bighorn Canyon, and the Royal Gorge area have had particularly excellent late-season conditions. As of Friday, the Arkansas River near Parkdale remained close to 900 cfs and Arkansas River and Royal Gorge Rafting trips have been understandably popular in late July and August.
There is still time to get in one (or two!) more rafting trips before the end of the season. Visit www.inaraft.com for more information or to make a reservation for a Colorado white water rafting trip.