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Still Running

Shauna Farnell

Thanks to water releases in the Colorado and Arkansas rivers, local rafting companies are continuing to run trips late into the season, some taking bookings past Labor Day.

“It’s basically higher than it has been all season,” Kristin Nelson of Kodi Rafting said of water flow in the Upper Colorado River. “It’s still nice in September. It’s not too cold, and there’s not too many people. It’s a great time for locals to go rafting. I feel like this time of year is sort of my time.”

At this point in the year, anyone on the river is safe from encountering hundreds of children in summer camp or buses lining the banks with picnickers.

Rafting companies have received word that water district officials will continue releasing water from Williams Fork and Green Mountain Reservoirs. Kevin Foley, at Performance Tours, said water levels are expected to stay at 800 CFS.

“There’s water releases going on through September,” he said.

“It’s strange, but on the Colorado, the best flows come late-season. “Down on the Arkansas, (water district officials) are guaranteeing us the same flow through Labor Day because of the fishery. The biggest thing is, the rivers are less crowded this time of year. With less traffic on the rivers, in some respects, it’s the most enjoyable time to go rafting.”

Local rafting companies are still running trips through the Upper Colorado, Brown’s Canyon, the Royal Gorge and some class 5 rapids such as Gore Canyon on the Colorado.

The Adventure Company

(970) 453-0747

Running trips down the Upper Colorado through Aug. 14.

Arkansas Valley


(800) 370-0581

Running trips through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas and Upper Colorado, including the Gore Canyon through Sept. 1

Kodi Rafting

(970) 668-1548

Running trips down the Upper Colorado through mid-September.


Whitewater Rafting

(970) 668-1665

Will run family trips on the Upper Colorado River until the end of August.




(970) 668-1689

Running trips down the Upper Colorado through Sept. 1.

Good Times


(800) 808-0357

Running trips through Sept. 2 down the Colorado and the Arkansas through Brown’s Canyon and the Royal Gorge.

Performance Tours


(800) 328-7238

Running trips down the Royal Gorge and Brown’s Canyon sections of the Arkansas through Sept. 2, through Upper Colorado, including Gore Canyon until mid-to-late-September, depending on demand.

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