Parkdale, Colorado Big Horn Sheep Canyon III+
BIG HORN SHEEP CANYON (21 miles):
The Canyon walls open to stunning views of the snow-covered
Sangre de Cristo Mountains rising to over 14,000 feet. Stretching
between Salida, Cotopaxi and Parkdale, these rapids are less technical
than Browns Canyon but no less exciting for an introductory river
experience. Class III+
ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY
From mountain slopes of pinon pine, juniper and cholla cactus populated
by big horn sheep herds … to the summits of the Collegiate
Peaks, Mount Oxford, Princeton, Harvard and Yale… to the rapid-filled
canyons of the Arkansas River, the Arkansas River Valley offers
a world of adventures for you and your family. Explore this magical
part of America’s old west with horseback riding, (day or
overnight) mountain biking, hiking, visit a hot springs or take
four-wheel-drive tour of this area’s ghost towns. Dvorak Expeditions
offers you a great way to experience the wildlife and the wilderness
within spectacular river valley.
Here the canyon walls open to beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains, rising to over 14,000 feet. The river flows from the high
country it`s clear and teeming with trout. A gentle start moving into
more challenging whitewater for the more experienced paddlers. Lunch is provided on full trips. All boating equipment is provided as well as rain gear and life jackets. "BOOK EARLY"
Dates are limited.
A Great Family Trip
Minimum age 5, water level dependant.
*Colorado Govt. Use Fees of $3.00 flat fee for half day trips or 5.25% for full day trips and a sur-charge of 1% will
be added to these fees. The sur-charge is is going toward the Upper Arkansas Land Trust. Please use this link for more information.
What to Bring:
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list and answers to common questions.
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Dvorak Expeditions will assume no responsibility for injury to trip
members, damage or loss of belongings or for time or expense incurred
as the result of a Dvorak Expeditions trip. We require you to read
and sign a liability release form prior to your trip as well as
a health questionnaire.
Because of the risk associated with river trips, including possible
personal injury, property loss and financial loss in the event of
cancellation, we strongly urge all trip participants to obtain vacation
Forms We Need:
Please return the following forms to us via mail as soon as you
have booked your trip:
Questionnaire - Passenger List - Rental Request
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Meeting Place & Time:
Nathrop base at 8:00 a.m. for morning half-day or full-day trips or 11:30 a.m. for afternoon trips.
In the upper right hand corner of this page, you can enter your location or a point that you know of and hit enter and google maps will open and show you a map to the meeting location and driving time.
Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; rental
car or van from there to the Arkansas Valley. Car rentals are available
in Denver or Colorado Springs. There are "limited" jeep
and domestic rental vehicles available in the Arkansas valley by
Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small aircraft facilities
and charter flights only are available with adequate numbers for
Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the trip.
Coming from Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24 west to US Hwy 285, south on US Hwy 285 to Nathrop. We are located 10 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado on Hwy 285. Coming from the north, take US Hwy 285 to Nathrop.
PRE- AND POST-TRIP ARRANGEMENTS
1. You start your whitewater rafting adventure with Dvoraks by checking in
at the office.
2. Your guides will show the way with fitting out your personal
floatation devise (PFD) and they will issue your wetsuit & boots
by size for you to fit and dress for the trip. We will have rain
jackets and pants for each guest on board the raft in the group
dry bag. You can also place your personal items such as (sunscreen,
fleece jacket, small towel into this same bag. You might want to
place them in a large zip lock bag to keep them easy to view and
find all together from the dry bag later in the day. If you have
a camera (waterproof), lip sunscreen or items you want to get to
often a fanny pack works great to wear.
3. Once you have gathered up your items for the day you will take
your PFD, personal items and wetsuit/boots and make your way to
the bus or van for transportation by Dvoraks will be provided to
the river “Put In” launch.
4. NOTE: You want to make sure that you have left your keys at the
front desk with the attendant and locked your valuables into your
car. Your things are safe on our private property. On return from
the trip you’ll have your keys ready for you to change into
dry items, shower etc. The shop will have photos, t-shirts and many
fun items for your whitewater souvenirs.
5. Your travel time to the launch
site is about 30-45 minutes.
6. Once you arrive at the river your guides will direct you to the
area where they will give you the safety talk and demonstrate the
techniques for your raft crew; i.e. paddle where each person will
paddle thru the rapids with the guide instructor or ride the rapids
on an oar powered by your guide at the 10’ oars. Launch onto
the river should be about 9:30 a.m. Now you’re on your way
and a full day of wild rapids class II & III lots of adrenaline
that will come and go as you cover about 18 miles of river in a
7. (Full Day Trips) Now there is still half a day left and you will stop for a deli
lunch prepared by your Dvorak staff... Cold drinks, fresh fruits,
and deli sandwiches you create yourself. Chips and cookies for the
sweet tooth and always-fresh water for you throughout the day.
8. You will finish the day with some great rapids and in the quiet
spots, it might be the time to water war with those on the other
rafts. Time for paybacks from an earlier soaking you got.
9. Back at the center, you can revisit your day’s events
with your guide and see those Great photos taken of you and your
family or group that day. Don’t forget the “Dry”
t-shirt and take one home to those that missed this fantastic day
on the Arkansas River’s Big Horn Sheep Canyon!
“I can’t believe we actually saw a whole bunch of Big
Horn Sheep right there next to us.” Guest 2003
COME AGAIN AND OFTEN WE ARE HERE ALL SUMMER FOR YOU!
It is sometimes necessary for us to cancel or modify a trip because of unusual circumstances. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to weather or water conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, we cannot be responsible for paying any expenses you may have incurred other than to refund monies due to you for trip costs per the policies below.
Dvorak Expeditions recommends that you obtain trip vacation insurance in order to protect yourself from any losses you might incur if you suddenly need to cancel your reservation. If you have to cancel your trip and have not obtained trip insurance, we recommend you try to find someone to take your place.
Please read carefully our cancellation policy, below, as it applies in every instance:
When cancellation is made 2 days or more prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a 50% (of total trip price) cancellation fee, or the total deposit if it is less than 50% of the trip price.
With less than 2 days notice, no monies are refunded (this includes credit card charges).
We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance through Travelex Insurance (please reference locator account # 06-0520 – product # A0105102) in the event you need to cancel your trip with us.
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