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3 Reasons Why The Voluntary Flow Management Program Is Rad

The Arkansas River Valley is a unique place to visit for many reasons. Our favorite reason is due to the Voluntary Flow Management Program that has been put into place to control the water flows from the reservoirs, through the river and to other downstream reservoirs. Hang in there as we explain what this means….

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August 30, 2016

4 Reasons Why Late Season Rafting Is The Best

Better Workout – When the river is running slower and there are more rocks showing due to the lower water levels, you paddle more. That’s just how it works. In more advanced sections you will need to paddle to help your guide avoid rocks and navigate tighter lines. In the beginner sections, you may be…

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August 8, 2016

The Rowdiest White Water Guide In Colorado: Curtis Yanasak

A Pacific Northwest Native, Curtis grew up snowboarding on the slopes of Crystal Mountain Ski Area and skateboarding in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington State. He migrated to Colorado in the summer of 2010 to begin his summer career as a raft guide and has since made his way to assistant head boatman…

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July 5, 2016

Winter is ‘Nigh

As the seasons change, we look forward to a great winter and deep snowpack. Our weather has begun its shift towards winter as the peaks have a thin coating of snow and a few folks have even squeezed in some turns up high. Our last few storms have left enough coverage at higher elevations to create amazing…

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October 29, 2015

Why Wade When You Can Duckie!

Inflatable Kayaks (also known as ‘Duckies’) are a perfect way for adventurous paddlers to experience the thrills of the Arkansas River in their own craft. These stable, open topped kayaks are extremely maneuverable, and they make even the smallest wave seem much bigger and more exciting (great for low water seasons)! Each one of our…

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May 20, 2015

Whitewater Weddings

If you’re looking for an unconventional way to entertain your wedding party before or after the big day, whitewater rafting has it all! We offer trips that range from an easy float to adrenaline pumping rapids that your guests won’t soon forget. Our two riverside locations are the perfect starting point for a memorable Colorado…

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March 20, 2015

What Is Whitewater, Anyway?

Good question! Whitewater, sometimes spelled white water, is a descriptive term used to describe what happens on the surface or a river when its’ gradient increases enough to create turbulence. As flowing water splashes over and around rocks throughout the river, along with gradient (or steepness) changes, too, air bubbles mix in and aerate the…

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February 11, 2015

How the Mighty Arkansas River Got Its Name

Many nations of Native Americans lived near or along the mighty Arkansas River for thousands of years before the Spanish discovered it’s beautiful 1,450 miles. The native name for the Arkansas River was Napeste, but with further expansion of European exploration the name Arkansas was appointed the official name as it meets with the Mississippi…

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February 11, 2015

Hello world!

Welcome to AAE’s First Ever Blog!  This is Amber Kissack, co-owner of American Adventure Expeditions. Amber Kissack, Rowing through Cataract Canyon, Utah As we jump feet first into a brand new decade, we’ve decided that it’s time for us to throw our hat into the ring of social media.  But we’re just simple outdoorsy people, unassuming and unapologetic, never conforming to ‘the…

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