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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

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

4 River Flicks to Get You Ready for Summer

We don’t really have spring along the Arkansas River –  it’s more of a winter morphing into summer deal. March to May just alternates between warm kicking-it-by-the-river weather and freezing-spring-powder weather. Sometimes when Mother Nature serves up a little chilly rain or snow, we seize the chance, chill on the couch, and catch up on…

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April 24, 2018

8 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Nature Lovers

Even if you spend your winters shredding the slopes and your summers trekking up every mountain in sight, you probably feel like you could’ve conquered more of Mother Nature this year. As all nature lovers know, it’s hard to fit enough awesome outdoor activities in the year. If your goal in the new year is…

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December 27, 2017

5 Christmas Gifts for the Outdoor Fanatic in Your Life

Do you have someone in your life who is always off on an outdoor adventure? Whether they’re obsessed with shredding the slopes or riding rapids, they’ll love nothing more than an outdoor-themed gift for the holidays. To help you out with your shopping this year, we’ve put together a list of five outdoor Christmas gifts…

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December 7, 2017

5 Funny Outdoor Christmas Photo Ideas

Christmas cards are terrific, but even those with posed family photos can all start to look the same. If you’re bored of arranging your family in woolly sweaters in front of the Christmas tree, you have more eye-catching options. You can instead create a holiday card that combines your love of fun with your love…

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December 4, 2017

The Best Summer Ever!

Thank You For Everything! After an unbelievably successful summer, rafting season is over and our outposts are all packed up until spring.  Undoubtedly, the number one factor that made this season so outstanding were all the outstanding guests that joined us on an adventure.  Without the enjoyable interactions, kindhearted reviews, and positive word of mouth,…

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September 13, 2017

Inspiration to Explore Before It’s Too Late!

Breathtaking sights of Colorado range from majestic snow capped peaks all the way to beautiful desert formations.  It’s easy to forget how drastically the environment can change within just an hour or two of driving.  Here at American Adventure Expeditions, we will always appreciate our locations along the Arkansas River, but we wanted to share…

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September 2, 2017