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The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Inn-to-Inn Paddle-rafting on the Arkansas

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Wilderness Aware
800-462-7238, 719-395-2112
On demand $800 rustic lodging

The Route: A relatively posh but damp four-day inn-to-inn rafting trip from Buena Vista through the Class III and IV rapids of Browns and Bighorn Sheep Canyons.

When to go: May to August

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Bring plenty of pile and a wetsuit — water temperature is in the low fifties, and the dry air at 8,000 feet can trigger deceptively large evaporative heat losses.

High/low points:

  • Seeing your 18th 14,000-foot peak during the course of the trip.
  • U.S. 50, which hugs the river for much of the route, constantly reminds you that you’re not in a pristine wilderness setting.

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