Colorado Whitewater Rafting Company Offers Riverside Restaurant to Rafters on the Arkansas River

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The River Runners Riverside Bar and Grill Restaurant in Buena Vista will kick off its fifth season serving food and drinks over Memorial Day weekend.

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River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort

The grill has provided a unique service to our rafting guests, but has also acquired a loyal following of locals and private rafters.

River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company with two locations on the Arkansas River, will open its Riverside Bar and Grill near Buena Vista this Saturday, May 28, 2011 and will remain open seven days a week through Sunday, August 14, 2011.

The Riverside Bar and Grill is open to the public and offers order-up service with seating along the Arkansas River. Baja-style menu items are made with fresh ingredients that are purchased locally when possible, according to Stacey Donaldson, owner and manager of the Riverside Bar and Grill.

“We are excited for another great season at River Runners,” Donaldson said. “The grill has provided a unique service to our rafting guests, but has also acquired a loyal following of locals and private rafters.”

The menu includes carne asada burritos, fish and chicken tacos, children and chicken quesadillas and chips and salsa. The bar offers micro brews from Eddy Line Brewery, a domestic pilsner, ‘legendary’ River Rummers and freshly made margaritas. Other beverage options include an assortment of flavors from Oogave, a local natural soda and ice tea.

“We have worked hard to develop a unique menu using only the freshest and most quality ingredients,” Donaldson said. “And our cooks have many years of culinary experience, which ensures deliciously consistent results.”

The Riverside Bar and Grill first opened in May 2006 and has been open Memorial Day weekend through the second or third weekend in August every year since.

The River Runners Riverside Rafting Resort is also the meeting place for whitewater rafting trips down Pine Creek (class V), Numbers (class IV), and Browns Canyon (class III) sections of the Arkansas River, according to Eileen Peterson, general manager at River Runners. The property 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 River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center is located eight miles west of Canon City on Hwy 50 at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park turn-off. It is the meeting place for Colorado whitewater rafting trips on the Royal Gorge (class IV-V) and Bighorn Sheep Canyon (class III-IV) sections of the Arkansas River.

River Runners operates whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista and Canon City, Colo. To learn more about Arkansas River rafting adventures with River Runners log on to or call 1-800-723-8987.


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