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Rafting In Breckenridge

There is not a more quintessential Colorado town than Breckenridge! Breckenridge is exactly what you think of when you think of a Colorado town; nestled at the base of large mountain peaks, a walkable downtown area, plenty of outdoor adventure activities, boutique shops, and lots of locally-owned restaurants all to entertain and feed you and your family or friends. If you’re lucky enough to get to spend some time here in Breckenridge this summer, you’ll see what we mean! Once you find your ideal choice in lodging and make a few restaurant reservations, you’ll be ready to book some adventure activities for a true Colorado vacation. First on your list must be whitewater rafting! Whitewater rafting near Breckenridge is a classic Colorado adventure; the ideal summer sport for all ages and abilities. The Arkansas River is the most popular rafting…

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February 10, 2021

Practice Social Distancing and Have Fun, Too!

Are you wondering what you and your family are going to do for fun this summer? Do you worry about keeping everyone happy all summer long with social distancing practices in place and so many things closed? At American Adventure Expeditions, we are excited to announce that we are opening on June 1, 2020, and that we plan on running river rafting tours all summer long. Whitewater rafting is a great way to have an adventure with your family and friends that you will remember long after COVID-19 is a thing of the past. Outdoors is Safer Concerned about safety? Get outside! It’s much harder for someone to pass along COVID-19 outside. Unless someone is right up in your face, the virus particles disperse before they have a chance to infect someone else. One of the easiest ways to spread…

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May 20, 2020

Top 5 Reasons People Come for Winter & Stay for the Summer

  Snow capped peaks. Champagne powder.  Bluebird skies. Small town feel. Natural snow. No lift lines.  These are just a just a handful of the reasons that people choose the Upper Arkansas River Valley in the winter for the skiing, snowmobiling and other snowy adventures here- a place unlike any other in Colorado. But when…

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August 15, 2018

The 7 Mountain Adventures We Offer!

Okay, yes. We love to talk about the magical river valley that we live in, and how stoked we are to be able to raft the Arkansas every single day, all summer long. But truth be told, American Adventure Expeditions is more than just rafting. We’ve got the perfect menu of mountain adventures to fill…

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August 9, 2018

Raft Guide River Slang To Know

If you’ve spent any time on a raft, hung out with kayakers, or even researched float trips this summer, you’ve likely heard references to a section of the river being “boney” or had someone ask you to grab your “PFD”, and wondered what the heck they were talking about. So here we offer up the…

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August 1, 2018

What it Takes to Be a River Guide

You know you just can’t get enough of Colorado when you move here for the winter skiing and find yourself looking for a way to stay all summer long. That’s exactly how many of us river guides find our way to American Adventure Expeditions. We typically start out as ski patrollers or ski instructors while…

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July 9, 2018

The Thrill of the Arkansas River

Rafting season is in full swing here in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. Water levels are up and the river is running. Play holes are loaded with stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers attempting tricks and improving on their moves from last season. Body surfers donning life jackets are braving the waves for a little fun –…

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June 29, 2018

Visiting the Royal Gorge in Cañon City: Where to Eat, Play, and Sleep

Looking for a weekend escape that’ll blow you away? Then you’ll dig a trip to the Royal Gorge in Cañon City. The Royal Gorge has everything that we adrenaline junkies love, including sheer cliff faces, awesome wildlife, raging rapids, and one of the highest suspension bridges in the world. Here’s a rundown on what you…

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June 27, 2018

10 Tips for Viewing Wildlife Along the Arkansas River

This is the second of two blogs on wildlife along the Arkansas River. Check out last week’s post, A Guide to Wildlife Along the Arkansas River. Colorado wildlife is frequently most active in the early morning hours and around sunset. Particularly in the heat of summer, birds, sheep, and even fish choose the cooler temperatures…

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June 22, 2018

A Guide to Wildlife Along the Arkansas River

If you’re planning a trip to Colorado, checking out the wildlife that call our state home should be on your to-do list. In our opinion, there’s no place better to spot some native creatures than from the waters of the Arkansas River! Here are some of the wild animals you’re likely to see from your raft:…

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June 15, 2018

The Essential Guide to Rafting Browns Canyon in Colorado

Sheer granite canyon walls peppered with colorful rock formations. Bighorn sheep hanging out on treacherous cliffs. Postcard-perfect landscape, perhaps with a glimpse of mule deer, elk, bobcats, black bears, falcons, and other wildlife thriving in the surrounding canyon. All this as you surge along channels of churning water atop a raft – whipping through rapids…

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June 11, 2018

How to Choose the Best White Water Rafting Trip for Kids

Blasting rapids. Sloshing waves. Steep turns and crazy angles. Yep, white water rafting can be totally insane. But you can also tone it down a notch to make it an amazing adventure that’s suitable for kids. While you can’t take kids younger than age 6, you can definitely make rafting a family-friendly activity for your…

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June 8, 2018