With plenty of runoff from the snow last winter, Colorado’s rivers are running high and this will be a banner year for whitewater rafting. If it’s your first time out, use this guide to help you plan the best summer adventure for you and your group.
In our series of blogs on whitewater rafting, we have discussed such topics as why whitewater rafting is more family friendly than you might think, how to pick the right trip for you, and which companies we find to be offering unique trips and other activities. This week, we are adding Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting to the list. As the most visited mountain town in the U.S., Breckenridge see no shortage of visitors during both the summer and winter months. It’s a playground for all age groups, with excellent mountain biking trails, infamous road biking routes, luxurious accommodations, fantastic hiking and camping, and some of the best whitewater rafting around.
One of the hardest parts of planning a family vacation is finding something the entire family can participate in, as well as enjoy. In my family, my parents had kids ranging from two to 16, so family vacations were rare. This year, head to the mountains across the United States and look for companies like Colorado Whitewater Rafting who provide shorter rafting trips on calmer stretches of water.
Trusting one outfitter for your entire mountain vacation can make your summer travel planning stress free and more affordable. With AVA Rafting, you don’t just have a great Colorado whitewater rafting outfitter, you also have zip line tours, guided horseback riding, a resource for hiking 14ers, rock climbing instructors, and reliable resource for additional activities like train rides through, or hot air balloon rides over, the Colorado Rockies . Three time winner of the Best of Colorado award, AVA Rafting is located in Buena Vista, but also has three other convenient offices in Idaho Springs, Breckenridge, and Glenwood Springs.
Before I went whitewater rafting for the first time, I was so scared, I nearly canceled my trip. Will it be more than I can handle? Will I hurt my back? What if I fall out, swallow a fish, and drift downstream? Ok, so maybe that’s a little too far. If you let your mind go wild, you can definitely scare yourself out of trying activities like whitewater rafting for the first time. But if you just give it a chance, you and your family and friends will roar with laughter down the rivers of North America.
The snow is beginning to thaw and the rivers, lakes, and streams are starting to spring to life. As flowers begin to blossom, trees bud, and the birds return, the forest comes alive. Many of us pack up the car and head up to enjoy Mother Nature in all her polychromatic glory. A fishing trip on the river can be one of the most impressive ways to get out there and experience all the beauty and vitality of the mountains in summer. You will float down pristine waterways, catch plentiful trout and other freshwater fish from the river, and be able to take in the magnificent scenery that surrounds you.
Bill Dvorak’s Expeditions has been running fishing and whitewater trips in Colorado since 1969. They are one of the most well established and beloved sport fishing companies in the entire state. They run incredible trips on the Arkansas, Colorado, Gunnison, North Platte, and San Miguel rivers throughout the summer. The trips depart from Buena Vista, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Telluride, and Winter Park. The trips are run on some of the most productive and robust trout waters in the west. They work closely with the Division of Wildlife to ensure that they are always in compliance with rules and regulations set forth to protect wildlife.
The trips range from quick half-day jaunts to more adventures five-day excursions and everything in between. They are more than happy to customize a trip that will ideally suit your needs. The guides are all seasoned professionals who know the best spots and the best times for to catch fish. The boats used are inflatable rafts, but drift boats can be arranged depending on the river and time of year. All the trips are fully catered and include all necessary boating and safety equipment, all meals and beverages, and they cook and clean as well, leaving to time to kick back and relax. They do recommend bringing your own fishing gear or renting it from them, you will also need to provide a valid state fishing license.
It’s shaping up to be an extraordinary summer, treat yourself to an expertly guided fishing expedition this season with Bill Dvorak’s Expeditions. Save $99 off a custom float fishing expeditions and let the crew treat you to an unforgettable adventure. Cast off on an amazing fishing trip today.
Photos Courtesy of Bill Dvorak’s Expeditions