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Past, Present, Future
Past, Present, Future

We are so excited to be celebrating our 10th year of owning and operating American Adventure Expeditions! 10 Years Ago we bought it from another local river advocate and are so happy to say that we’re still close with him, his family and his ventures. Since taking over American Adventure…

How the Mighty Arkansas River Got Its Name
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…

What Is Whitewater, Anyway?
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…

Class IV + V Rapids on the Arkansas River
Class IV + V Rapids on the Arkansas River

Did you know the Arkansas River actually starts in Colorado? It begins just north of Buena Vista and Leadville, near Fremont Pass, and plunges over 5,000 feet in its first 125 miles. This is where you will find the best whitewater rafting in Colorado and the two pristine, on-water American…

Golfing At Altitude!
Golfing At Altitude!

Lots of time when you’re on a destination vacation, let’s just say coming to Colorado for its world-class Colorado rafting trips for example, you get so caught up in the logistics and planning that one activity you came for that you forget about the other awesome things to do in…

Hello world!
Hello world!

Welcome to AAE’s First Ever Blog!  This is Amber Kissack, co-owner of American Adventure Expeditions. 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 man’…and certainly…

The Arkansas River
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…

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