High Water is Here!

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For the next several weeks the Arkansas River will be running at high levels as all the snow begins to melt off the mountains. This could be the best rafting in 20 years! Below are some commonly asked questions about high water, and some things to consider when planning your trip. What does high water mean? It means many of the rapids jump up in classification, and there are more rapids out …

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Documentary: The Arkansas River from Leadville to Lamar

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A recently released documentary entitled “The Arkansas River from Leadville to Lamar” aired on Rocky Mountain PBS last week and is available for viewing on YouTube. Check it out below. The documentary highlights the importance of the Arkansas river in Colorado for recreation and agriculture, and it’s impacts on communities along its banks and tributaries. Whitewater rafting and other river sports and activities are a big part of what the …

How To Talk Like A Raft Guide

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Have you ever been on a river and heard your guide throw around the words sleeper, wrap, hole, eddy, pour-over and been instinctively aware that they weren’t actually talking about that yummy chicken spinach wrap you have waiting in your car, but something else entirely? Well kudos to you for picking up on the strange nomenclature of the river. We, as guides, have names for everything. It allows us to keep detailed mental …

What You Need to Know About High Water Rafting

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I am sitting on my porch watching the river go from a murky brown to a deep muddy red. It rises, not by centimeters, but by inches. This week the great exodus of snow has begun and water is rushing off the high peaks and barreling down into the Arkansas River taking our gentle mountain river and transforming it into a torrent of frothy whitewater. Sounds kinda epic. Maybe even …

Making Sense of Rapid Classifications

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In this post we hope to improve ones understanding of the various rapid classifications, and how they can change with different water levels (CFS). The six point ratings scale used on the Arkansas River is common throughout the world. The higher the class the more difficult the section or rapids. Moving water, riffles, small waves. Easy rapids, waves, clear channels. Large waves, obstacles, narrow passages. Long rapids, unavoidable waves, many …

Why Monumental?

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As you scour the internet to try and find that rafting company that is going to take you and your family or friends down the river, you might have noticed there are a LOT of rafting companies on the Arkansas river headwaters. 47 commercial permits to be exact. There are huge companies, medium sized companies, and then there are the few small companies, like Monumental Expeditions. We like to say …