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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

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

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 4 Best Summer Festivals in Buena Vista & Salida

A sweet summer weekend might well be summed up something like this: rafting + live music + arts + local brews + incredible food + mountain views = bliss. Luckily, the Arkansas River Valley is filled with weekends that fit this formula perfectly! Our local calendar is packed with summer festivals. Here’s a sampling of…

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May 31, 2018

6 Local Watering Holes to Visit After Rafting

We think the perfect day on the river can only be made better with a cold drink at a local watering hole after the boat’s been docked for the night. The Upper Arkansas River Valley is packed with sweet little spots for meeting up with friends or relaxing after a day of outside play. For…

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May 21, 2018

Don’t Miss These 4 Most Scenic Places in Colorado

Picking the most scenic places in Colorado is always tough since the entire state is pretty stunning. However, we took on the difficult task – here are our picks for four must-see places you’ll want to head this spring and summer for spectacular Colorado views. Crested Butte Mix a bit of hippy culture with the…

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May 14, 2018

Tips for Planning Outdoor Activities with Kids: Part 2

This is the second in a two-part series on planning mountain fun outdoors with kids. Check out Part 1 here. After reading Part 1 of this series, you should be ready to roll when it comes to laying the groundwork for mountain escapades with your little ones. Now, let’s talk planning Arkansas River Valley adventures…

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May 7, 2018

Tips for Planning Outdoor Activities with Kids: Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series on planning outdoor activities with children. These days it can be tough to get your kids off their tablet or away from the television to play outdoors. Fortunately, sometimes all they need to fall in love with the great outdoors is a touch of inspiration and a…

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April 30, 2018

The 4 Best Spring Hikes in Colorado

Spring weather in Colorado may be volatile, but don’t let its unpredictability keep you inside. You can still catch glimpses of spring in areas where the snow is starting to melt and trails aren’t too muddy. Sticking with relatively lower elevations is your best bet for spring hikes in Colorado, and these four hikes are…

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April 2, 2018