Arkansas River Multi-Day Camping – 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 enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast). If you wish, you may check in prior to 7 pm the day before your trip to pick up your overnight bags, which allows for leisurely packing in your motel room or camp. 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

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

WHAT TO BRING – CAMP

  • Warm Sleeping Bag / Ground Pad (available to rent)
  • Tent (available to rent)
  • Warm Jacket
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Dry Shoes for Camp
  • Change of Clothes and Small Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes
  • Insect Repellant
  • Favorite Beverage (Beer or Soda)
  • Favorite Book or Toy

WE PROVIDE

  • Free Continental Breakfast at our Office
  • Complimentary Drink and Snack at the End of the Trip
  • Meals from Lunch on the First Day to Lunch on the Last Day
  • Lemonade and Water with Meals and Hot Drinks in Camp
  • Personal Waterproof Storage Bags – 3.2 cu. ft.
  • All Kitchen and Group Camping Equipment
  • Transportation from our Office to the River and Back
  • Professional Guides
  • Rafting and Safety Equipment
  • Portable Chemical Toilets

EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Be Warm Package

Wetsuits
$10/day
Include free pair of wetsuit booties

Wetsuit Booties Only
$5/day

Splash Jacket
$5/day

Camping Rentals

Tent
$17/trip
Sleeps 2 people w/gear

Sleeping Bag w/ Ground Pad
$15/set

Ground Pad Only
$4/trip

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:

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.
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.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
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.
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.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
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.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
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.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
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.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan 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.
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.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
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.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
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.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
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.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
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.
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.

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