Colorado Whitewater Rafting Company Scheduled to Open April 30 for the 2011 River Season

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One of the largest and oldest whitewater rafting outfitters on the Arkansas River in Colorado will offer rafting trips daily April 30 – Labor Day for the 2011 summer season.

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Colorado whitewater rafting through The Numbers on the Arkansas River with River Runners.

We are an easy and scenic drive from any Colorado vacation destination and we offer trips that are appropriate for nearly all ages and abilities

River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company with locations in Buena Vista and Canon City, will offer daily and overnight river trips on the Arkansas River Saturday, April 30 through Monday, September 5, 2011.

Eileen Peterson, general manager at River Runners, said that they expect a good water year due to the amount of snow in the high country.

“The Arkansas River Basin snow pack is above average, especially in the northern reaches of the valley near the headwaters,” Peterson said. “This should translate to plenty of water on the Arkansas River this spring and summer.”

River Runners operates out of two Colorado whitewater rafting locations – The River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort, six miles south of Buena Vista, Colo.; and the Royal Gorge Rafting Center, eight miles west of Canon City, Colo. Participants can choose from family, intermediate and adventure class V whitewater on half day, full day and overnight rafting trips.

“Our rafting facilities on the Arkansas River are centrally located near Colorado Springs, Denver and the Colorado ski areas in Summit County,” Peterson said. “We are an easy and scenic drive from any Colorado vacation destination and we offer trips that are appropriate for nearly all ages and abilities.”

According to Peterson, River Runners is equipped to accommodate even the largest groups, because of the size of its facilities, convenient locations and streamlined logistics.

“Whether you are a scouting group looking for a whitewater rafting merit badge class, an organization needing to raise money, or simply a group of friends or family hoping for some quality time together – River Runners has a Colorado whitewater rafting package that will meet your needs,” Peterson said. “Call today for group rafting discount rates and special programs.”

The River Runners Riverside rafting resort features three group campsites that range from $40- $50 per night and accommodate between 15-20 campers. Each site includes a fire pit, picnic tables and use of hot showers, bathrooms, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.

“Group campsites are already filling up, so the sooner the better if you want to reserve dates,” Peterson said. “However, if our campsites are booked we can suggest several other camping options that are very close to our property.”

The riverside location also has a Riverside Bar and Grill that will be open seven days a week through the season with a menu that includes carne asada burritos, fish or chicken tacos, veggie burritos, children quesadillas and chips and salsa. The bar offers local micro brews, domestic pilsner, the ‘legendary’ River Rummers and hand-made margaritas. Other beverage options include natural sodas, ice tea, organic milk and organic apple juice.

River Runners is offering a two-for-one rafting promotion on advanced bookings for all full-day trips scheduled for Sunday through Friday from May 1 to June 15.

“These are premium whitewater rafting trips for essentially half price,” Peterson said. “An intermediate full-day rafting trip is only $45 per adult with the two-for-one special. I don’t think you could find a better deal.”

River Runners offers all-inclusive overnight Colorado whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River that can depart any day throughout the season with a minimum of four people. Dry bags and group camping gear included – tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads are available for rent.

River Runners offers Arkansas River trips through Pine Creek (class V), The Numbers (class IV), Browns Canyon (class III), Bighorn Sheep Canyon (class III) and The Royal Gorge (class IV-V). To learn more about Colorado whitewater rafting adventures with River Runners log on to or call 1-800-723-8987.

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