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Unique Graduation Gifts: Give the Gift of Adventure

All across the country, thousands of high school and college seniors are tossing up their caps. To say nearly everyone knows someone who is graduating this May may be an understatement – CU Boulder alone awarded 8,163 degrees during their 2018 spring commencement. Graduation time of year also means it’s backyard barbeque and gift-giving season….

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June 5, 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

Arkansas River Water Levels in 2018: Our Predictions

The weather this past week was fabulous for spending time outside on the river. We’ve been surfing some sweet play holes and riding the rock features on the Arkansas River just outside town. We’re getting super stoked about rafting season this year! We’ve also been geeking out on snowpack data and water level graphs for five…

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May 21, 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

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

Rapids & Grub: Learn More About AAE’s Rafting Meals

Indulge us for a moment as we engage in a little wilderness-based culinary fantasy… Sizzling bacon, golden hash browns, and piping hot scrambled eggs – a true cowboy breakfast-devoured beside the river at sunrise. Crunchy kettle chips and juicy watermelon served on the side of a delicious, customized wrap sandwich – enjoyed at high noon.

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April 20, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Colorado’s Arkansas River

When you think of Colorado, images of snow-capped peaks and ski slopes likely come to mind. What you may not immediately think of is the system of rivers winding between the mountain ranges. However, as summer comes and the snow melts off our mountains, these rivers can offer just as many thrills and gorgeous views…

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April 16, 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

Looking for Thrills? The 3 Best Family Adventure Vacations

While it’s always fun visiting Aunt Mabel in Iowa, sometimes your family may be looking for a bit more thrills when you take a vacation. Some of the best family vacations double as a family adventure, and we have just the ticket for an awesome trip. Here are three family adventure vacations that’ll leave your…

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March 27, 2018