Buena Vista, Colo. (PRWEB) April 24, 2014
River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company with outposts near the Royal Gorge and the Browns Canyon sections of the Arkansas River, is now open daily through September 1, 2014.
Outfitters throughout Colorado are preparing for a higher than normal runoff this spring due to above average snowpack in the state’s central and northern mountains, according to Travis Hochard, general manager, River Runners.
“We received a lot of snow this past winter,” Hochard explained. “Some areas of the Upper Arkansas River Basin are well over 130 percent of average for this time of year, which is welcome news.”
Above average snowpack results in increased flows in the river during spring and summer runoff, according to Stew Pappenfort, senior ranger, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).
“Peak flow on the Arkansas River depends on how fast it warms up, but traditionally those days come in late May and early June,” Pappenfort said. “This is the best time for experienced rafters and other whitewater fanatics, while beginners and families may want to consider coming later in the season.”
The AHRA manages 150 miles of the Upper Arkansas River from Leadville, Colo. to Pueblo Colo., according to Hochard.
“This river corridor is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the world,” Hochard explained. “It’s easily accessed from Colorado Springs and Denver, you’re still far removed from the city life, and there’s something for everyone.”
River Runners offers guided raft trips through the Royal Gorge and the Bighorn Sheep Canyon sections of the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colo.; and the Browns Canyon, the Numbers, and the Pine Creek sections of the Arkansas River near Buena Vista, Colo. Choose from half-day, full-day and overnight raft trips on beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater. Call 800-723- 8987 or book online at whitewater.net. Get 20 percent off with promo code RR20.