River Runners Launches 2013 Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season

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Colorado rafting company runs first river trip of the year and gears up for spring runoff, summer tourist season on the Arkansas River.

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Raft from the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort in Buena Vista, Colo.

The snowpack this spring is looking better each day, so we are looking forward to a great year and plan to offer quality rafting trips through Labor Day.

River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company on the Arkansas River, announced it is open for business with a seasonal grand opening set for April 28, 2013.

The longtime river outfitter operates from two locations on the Arkansas River: The River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center in Cañon City, Colo.; and the River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort in Buena Vista, Colo., according to Travis Hochard, operations manager, River Runners.

“We already have a Browns Canyon rafting trip in the books, which is our earliest in the four years I’ve been manager,” Hochard said. “Spring is a beautiful time of year to raft the Arkansas River, but business really gets going and the river flows start to peak around Memorial Day weekend.”

Current snowpack in the Arkansas River basin is about 80 percent of average, but late spring snow storms are in the forecast, according to Hochard.

“April is our third snowiest month and we are on track for some late spring snow storms,” Hochard explained. “I am optimistic this will provide a much needed boost to the snowpack right before spring runoff.”

Colorado has been in severe drought over the past year and a half, which resulted in a 20 percent decline in business for the Arkansas River rafting industry in 2012, according to Eileen Peterson, general manager, River Runners.

“Business was down this past season, but we were getting positive feedback from our guests all summer long,” Peterson said. “The snowpack this spring is looking better each day, so we are looking forward to a great year and plan to offer quality rafting trips through Labor Day.”

River Runners has been rafting Colorado’s Arkansas River since 1972. Choose from half-day, full-day and overnight rafting trips on beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater. Experience Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Royal Gorge rafting trips in Cañon City, Colo.; or raft Browns Canyon or the Numbers in Buena Vista, Colo.

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