Fourth of July Fireworks on the Arkansas River in Colorado

Independence Day weekend is fast approaching and the Arkansas River is still running at stout 3,280 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the Numbers (closed), 3,500 cfs in Browns Canyon, and 3,660 cfs in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and the Royal Gorge (closed) – as of June 29, 2011. River Runners has successfully guided 6,361 guests down the Arkansas River this 2011 Colorado white water rafting season and we are just getting into the busy time of year.

Colorado Fire Bans

Chaffee and Fremont Counties are in class 2 fire bans – so no open fires, smoking outdoors, or fireworks this 4th of July, but the hot and dry weather and high water level is excellent for white water rafting.
Escape the heat this Independence Day with a Colorado White water Rafting trip on the Arkansas River
Don’t miss these historic flows this Fourth of July weekend. The water temperature of the Upper Arkansas River is a refreshing 52 degrees (f), and feels just about right with the hot air temperatures we have been experiencing in Colorado (wetsuits are still recommended). River Runners offers beginner, intermediate and advanced white water rafting trips with several launch times every day throughout the 2011 Arkansas River season from our Buena Vista, Colorado and Canon City, Colorado white water rafting locations. Book online or call a River Runners white water professional today to reserve your experience of a lifetime.

Boy Scout Merit Badges on the Arkansas River in July 2011

With the high water all around the state of Colorado this summer, there is no better time to educate our youth about the hazards of rivers and streams. Our guides have been busy conducting Boy Scout White water Rafting Merit Badges nearly every day at our Riverside Resort in Buena Vista, Colorado this June and we are lined up for a busy July. All River Runners merit badge guides hold BSA certifications in Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Youth Protection in addition to CPR/First Aid, and the completion of river guide school. Group camping is available, but limited, so book today if you have a large Boy Scout troop you want to take rafting this July or August.

Colorado and Utah Overnight White water Rafting trips in July 2011

River Runners has had a record season for overnight white water rafting trips on the Arkansas River in 2011 and the reservations are filling up fast for July and August. Hot days and warm nights make for ideal camping conditions on the rivers of Colorado. Choose from advanced or intermediate; and two-day, four-day or five-day white water rafting trips in Colorado and Utah with River Runners and Adrift Adventures.

River Runners – the white water professionals since 1972

Our guide have been white water rafting on the Arkansas River every day this season, and our trips regularly have several groups and rafts adding safety from numbers. Request a senior guide or an oar boat if you are concerned about paddling for long periods of time. Family Float trips are appropriate for young children and adults with physical limitations. Call a River Runners white water professional today to discuss what Colorado white water rafting trip best fits your group.