Colorado Whitewater Rafting Company Extends Fall Season on the Arkansas River

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River Runners to offer guided whitewater rafting trips on the Upper Arkansas River through the end of September.

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We have seen an increase in demand for fall rafting trips the past few years, so this year we decided to stay open longer in order to service these requests.

River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company with two locations on the Arkansas River, announced it’s extending its season three weeks to go through September 27, 2015.

Labor Day has been the traditional end to Colorado’s whitewater rafting season, but the anticipation of more water than normal combined with mild temperatures typical for September, have prompted the river outfitter to stay open three weeks longer than usual, according to Travis Hochard, general manager, River Runners.

“We have seen an increase in demand for fall rafting trips the past few years, so this year we decided to stay open longer in order to service these requests,” Hochard said. “The flows are lower in the fall, but the crowds are gone and it’s a beautiful time of year in Colorado.”

About 90% of the water in the Upper Arkansas River comes from melting snowpack and this year was record-breaking for high water in June and July, according to Hochard.

“The historic flows earlier in the season scared some people away and limited who we could take down the river safely,” Hochard said. “Now we have something for everyone.”

Flows have returned to normal for this time of year, but outfitters expect the water to sustain late into fall, according to Justin Peevler, operations manager, River Runners.

“Even though flows have dropped to near average we expect enough water for rafting through September, because the ground is saturated and the reservoirs are full,” Peevler explained. “Any water we get from rain will come down the river.”

River Runners offers guided whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge and at Browns Canyon. Beginner, intermediate and advanced rafting trips depart daily now through the end of September. Reservations can be made online at whitewater.net or by calling 800-723-8987.

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