Arkansas River Inn to Inn Rafting – Pre-Trip Information

Packing List, Directions and Other Important Information for Your Trip

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DEPARTURE & RETURN TIMES

9:00 am – Please arrive one hour before departure time. You may want to allow more time to leisurely enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast buffet. You will return to our office at the end of your trip between 4 pm and 6 pm.

WHERE TO MEET

Your trip departs from our office at 12600 US 24 near Buena Vista, Colorado. Look for our mountain shaped sign on the north side of Hwy 24 at mile marker 213.8 just east of the Arkansas River and Johnson Village.

Our preferred route from the Metro-Denver area to Buena Vista is via Highway 285. As an alternative you can take I-70 west from Denver to Copper Mountain then south through Leadville to Buena Vista.

When you search for our address in your favorite map application, please search our full name and address:
Wilderness Aware Rafting, 12600 US 24, Buena Vista, CO 81211

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GPS Coordinates:
38.813867, -106.101856

Arkansas River Packing List Map

WHAT TO BRING

DAY TIME

  • Do Not Wear Cotton on the River (no jeans or sweats)
    Quick dry apparel is available in our retail store
  • Swimming Suit and/or Shorts
  • Sunglasses with Securing Strap
  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Hat or Visor (can be worn under your helmet)
  • Fleece Jacket or Synthetic Insulating Layer
  • Tennis Shoes or Secure Sandals (no flip-flops or Crocs)
  • Comfortable clothes for first afternoon activity
  • Water Bottle
  • Cash for Souvenirs and Tipping Your Guide

EVENING

  • Casual Change of Clothes and Light Jacket
  • Toiletries
  • Money for shopping and additional drinks at dinner

WE PROVIDE

  • Free Continental Breakfast at our Office
  • Meals from Lunch on the First Day to Lunch on the Last Day
  • Evening Happy Hour Drinks and Hors D’oeuvres
  • Snack and Drink at the End of Each Day
  • Double Accommodations at B&B ($50/night single surcharge)
  • Horseback Ride, Swimming or Golf on the First Afternoon
  • All Transportation Upon Check-in
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Senior Guides
  • Rafting and Safety Equipment

HIGH WATER / COOL WEATHER RENTALS

Be Warm Package

Wetsuits
$10/day
Include free pair of wetsuit booties

Wetsuit Booties Only
$5/day

Splash Jacket
$5/day

Attn: All Bed & Breakfasts are Non-Smoking

IMPORTANT TRIP INFO

River Maps
Local Lodging Information
Reservation/Cancellation Policies
Liability Releases
Questions & Answers to Common Trip Questions

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
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!
Lisa P.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.

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