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10 Signs You’re A Raft Guide

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You know you are a raft guide when… 1.You wear Chacos everyday, all day. Even if it is raining. 2. You own a million different lotions because your skin is so dry from being on the river all day, everyday.  3. You haven’t taken a shower in at least a week. 4. You see a…

5 Things You Should Know About AAE Headboatman Archie Ofenstein

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11988584_3279999320358_1828452917461234633_nArchie has been a guide with American Adventure Expeditions since 2003 but has over 14 years of experience whitewater rafting and guiding. His daily tasks as the head boatman in Buena Vista include rigging boats, checking river water levels, organizing guests into boats, managing 20+ raft guides, making…

Insider Tip: If You Have the Time, Do a Double Dip!

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Royal Gorge RaftingIf you’re not in a hurry, join us for the full day of Arkansas River rafting. You’ll enjoy: more miles of amazing rapids spellbinding scenery enjoy a gourmet riverside lunch to let you stretch your legs, explore the canyon get great family photos. Choose from…

A True American Adventure :: Rafting, Camping, Dining, Rafting

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Screen shot 2015-06-01 at 7.29.49 AM With years of experience in planning Colorado overnight rafting trips, we’ve come up with the perfect itinerary that’s sure to exceed expectations. The combination of amazing rapids and breathtaking scenery, awesome wildlife and enjoyable company, along with our top-of-the-line camping equipment and…

We’re Springing In To Summer

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Royal Gorge #1 May 2015Welcome back, Summer… we missed you!   It was sunny and warm in Canon City today – perfect rafting weather on the Royal Gorge for a birthday rafting trip. Mark, the birthday-boy, brought some friends and some sunshine to celebrate his birthday on the Arkansas…

Classifications: What They Are and Why They Matter to You

When it comes to whitewater, knowing what you are getting in to is as critical as having all the proper safety gear. Lucky for you, we are experts in both fields of knowledge. Whitewater is classified in terms of water speed, technicality of features and size of rapids to help everyone who passes through certain…

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…

The Arkansas River

Even though the Arkansas River is most widely known as one of the nation’s top whitewater rafting destinations, there are also several reasons why this river is so amazing! Not only does it have several different stretches offering diverse scenery and wildlife, but whitewater classes that range from a beginner float to thrilling Class V…