Get Ready for Your Trip!
the arkansas river narrows section
departure & return times
Please share with everyone in your group. If you have any questions or need additional information call us at 1.800.462.7238.
Please arrive 30-45 minutes before your trip departure time – You may want to allow more time to leisurely enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast.
Trip: AM Half Day
Departs: 9:00 am
Returns: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Trip: Full Day Express
Departs: 9:00 am
Returns: 4:00 – 5:00 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
what to bring
What to Bring
- 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
- Fleece Jacket or Synthetic Insulating Layer
- Hat or Visor (can be worn under your helmet)
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Waterproof Camera
- Tennis Shoes or Secure Sandals (no flip-flops or Crocs)
- Cash for Souvenirs and Tipping Your Guide
- Water Bottle
- Change of Clothes and Towel (for after the trip)
- Deli-Style Lunch on Full Day Trips
- Free Continental Breakfast (morning departures only)
- Snack and Drink at the end of you trip
- Professional Guide in Every Raft
- Rafting and Safety Equipment – Including a Helmet
- Shuttle Back to Your Car at the End of your Trip
- Comfortable Changing Facilities
High Water / Cool Weather Rentals
Be Warm! Package
$17/day or $14/half-day
(Includes wetsuit, booties and splash jacket)
$10/day or $7/half-day
Wetsuit Booties Only
$5/half or full-day
Splash Jacket Only
$5/half or full-day
other important information
- River Maps
- Lodging Information
- Reservation/Cancellation Policies
- Liability Releases
- Q & A: Common Trip Questions
Cancellation Policy: If your group or any person in your group cancels their trip 10 or more days before departure, you will receive a full refund on your trip cost less $5 per person/per trip on all half and day trips. If your group or any person in your group cancels within 10 days prior to departure, for any reason, there will be no refund issued.
Cancellation Insurance: You many purchase insurance on your reservation for a minimal fee, approximately 10% of your trip cost. This is purchased PER PERSON, PER TRIP. If you choose to purchase insurance, you may cancel up to 24 hours before your trip departure with no penalty on my trip cost. If you cancel within 24 hours but with at least 1 hours’ notice, we will issue you a gift certificate (rather than a cash/credit refund) that is good through the following season. Gift certificates cannot be extended beyond their expiration date. If you cancel within 1 hour, there is no refund. Insurance is nontransferable, nonrefundable and does not cover no-shows.
Drugs and Alcohol: Drugs or alcohol are not to be consumed before or during your trip.
Pregnancy: We do not allow guests that pregnant to participate in rafting.
Each person rafting will be required to sign a liability release form prior to trip departure. Upon confirmation of your trip, you will receive a link to fill out your liability waiver online. Each youth under the age of 18 years old will need a parent or guardian to co-sign their liability. If you are not able to access the online liability waiver, you can print and complete a paper copy. Paper copies can be downloaded here.
Will I receive a safety orientation prior to my trip?
Prior to boarding your raft, your guide will cover a detailed safety orientation with everyone. Colorado Rivers Outfitters Association (CROA) created a comprehensive video that covers the same information in your safety orientation. Feel free to check out this video before your rafting adventure begins.
Is it appropriate to tip my guide?
Tipping is appropriate, particularly if you have received exceptional customer service. If you believe that a tip is appropriate we recommend an average tip of $10-$15/guest/day. You will have the opportunity to tip your guide directly, or you may use the cash tip box or leave a credit card tip through our helpful front desk staff. We always appreciate hearing from you so that we can recognize extraordinary customer service and we also appreciate hearing from you if you feel that there are areas that we can improve upon. We strive to exceed your expectations!
What happens if I arrive late for my trip?
To provide our guests with the best possible customer service, we launch our trips on time. We cannot wait for late guests. You must arrive for your trip 30-45 minutes prior to your departure time in order to get through our check in process and prepare for your trip. Please plan your time accordingly – allow enough travel time and include unexpected stops for road construction.
I cannot swim. Can I still go rafting?
Many of our participants cannot swim. We provide U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices designed to float you face-up in whitewater. Personal flotation devices are required to be worn at all times.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Helmets are required and provided on the Arkansas River.
Can I bring anything along with me on the raft?
Each raft is equipped with a waterproof bag for any small items that you may need during the day.
Should I bring a water bottle on my raft trip?
We do not carry drinking water on your raft and recommend you bring your own bottle. On full day trips you can refill at lunch from our cooler. Water bottles can sit on the floor of the raft.
Do you have a retail store?
We have a retail store for those last minute items such as sunscreen and waterproof cameras. Plan to check out our t-shirts, hats and souvenirs after the trip.
Will there be photos taken on my trip?
There will be photos taken of every raft. Digital copies are available to view and purchase at our office by the time your trip returns. They can also be found at www.inaraft.com/your-rafting-photos
I am worried about the altitude. Will I be ok to raft?
You will be rafting at 8000 feet above sea level. Most people don’t have serious problems here, but shortness of breath and dehydration are possible. Come a day or two early to acclimatize yourself if you can. We recommend that you drink plenty of water during your stay.