River Runners Channels Rafters up the Arkansas River after the Royal Gorge Fire

Colorado whitewater rafting company remains open in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, but suspends operations at the Royal Gorge due to mandatory evacuations and closures from fire.

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Arkansas River.

Browns Canyon is open and the water is high.

Our hearts are heavy, but we are still rafting in Buena Vista and plan to start running Royal Gorge rafting trips as soon as possible.

Buena Vista, Colo. (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

River Runners, a long-time whitewater rafting company on the Arkansas River in Colorado, is running Browns Canyon rafting trips daily as its Royal Gorge rafting location remains temporarily closed from the Royal Gorge fire as of June 13, 2013.

The Colorado rafting company is urging people who have booked rafting trips in the Royal Gorge to move up the Arkansas River to Browns Canyon – an area that has not been impacted by the recent wildfires, according to Travis Hochard, operations manager, River Runners.

“It hurts to see the devastation this fire has caused to the Royal Gorge Region,” Hochard said. “Our hearts are heavy, but we are still rafting in Buena Vista and plan to start running Royal Gorge rafting trips as soon as possible.”

The Arkansas River is near peak runoff from spring snow melt with flows around 2,500 cubic feet per second (cfs), according to Hochard.

“The whitewater on the Arkansas River is about as good as it gets right now,” Hochard said. “We hope people will still get out and enjoy the river and mountains this weekend.”

River Runners is offering a 15 percent discount on full-day rafting trips through Browns Canyon and the Numbers sections of the Arkansas River through Saturday, June 15, 2013. Choose from half-day, full-day and overnight rafting trips on beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater. Call 800-723-8987 to book a Colorado whitewater rafting trip today.