Rafting season begins early in Colorado. // © 2013 Arkansas River Outfitters Association
Students from around the country descend upon Colorado each spring break for winter fun. Colorado’s winter weather patterns allow these thrill-seekers to enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding, followed by a day of rafting at the Royal Gorge on Colorado’s Arkansas River. Despite snow, which is still in the air in Colorado’s high country, a handful of Arkansas River Outfitters Association members are opening their doors and hitting Colorado’s rivers. The river’s water level and warmer water and air temperatures allow outfitters the chance to offer these trips at the lower elevations of the Arkansas River during March and April.
“Over the past few years we have had an interest from those who want the thrills of early season rafting on the Royal Gorge,” said Dennis Wied, owner, RaftMasters, Inc.
RaftMasters offers a Raft and Snowmobile package that consists of a half day of rafting through the Royal Gorge followed the next day by a two-hour guided snowmobile tour with a partner in the Monarch area.
“Our weather allows groups to enjoy winter activities one day and a thrilling day of rafting the next,” said Wied. “Colorado residents should take advantage of the current conditions. March and April are the best time of year to see the river.”