Intermediate Class III, Overnight.This is an excellent weekend getaway. This trip is our Brown's Canyon Sizzler trip set up as an overnight. You'll arrive mid-afternoon the first day, raft into Browns Canyon, camp and have dinner in the canyon. A gear raft with all of your personal gear and provisions for the overnight will accompany you. You'll awake to a delicious breakfast, then paddle out mid-morning through Class III whitewater fun. You'll be back at your car around noon the second day. All necessary provisions except sleeping bags are provided.
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Trip Description: Spend a night on the river! A spectacular weekend getaway, this trip is our Brown's Canyon Sizzler full day trip set up as an overnight adventure. We load up the first afternoon and launch into the renowned Brown's Canyon, accompanied by a gear raft carrying all of our personal gear and camp provisions. Midway through the canyon we hit shore, set up camp, and feast on a delicious dinner riverside. We'll spend the evening taking small side hikes, fishing, or just relaxing and telling stories in camp. You'll awake to the hum of the river and a hot, hearty breakfast. Paddling out of the canyon ahead of anyone else, we arrive back at base camp around noon. (Min. age 7 yrs & 50 lbs)
Check In: Arrive at the AVA Outpost, where you will be greeted by our friendly office staff. You will let us know you've arrived, take care of any outstanding financial matters, and sign waivers (**NOTE: if you are bringing children under 18 who are not your children, please make sure to bring waivers signed by their parents! You may not sign for them.). You will then meet your guides, who will provide you with a dry bag for packing all of your personal gear and will help you decide what you should take with you for your overnight trip. You'll also receive wetsuits and splash jackets, life jackets and helmets. You'll have some time to finish your packing and to change into the clothes you want to wear on the river. Before we go you'll lock any other belongings—such as wallets and valuables—away in your vehicle and leave the keys with the office.
Your Trip: It's time to go to the river! You'll load up on a van or bus and we'll drive to the river, where your guides will give you a thorough safety talk. Then you'll get into the boat, pick up a paddle and listen to your guide give you some paddling instruction. Before you know it, you'll be heading right into the whitewater! Views of the Arkansas Valley –lined with 14,000-foot peaks—highlight your afternoon. You'll be amazed at the thrill from working as a team to tackle the rapids. A gear boat will head separately to camp with your belongings, where the guide will start setting up the kitchen and preparing for you to arrive.
Arrive at your home for the night in Brown's Canyon, where no roads interrupt the peace of this riverside camp. Your guides will start preparing dinner while you hike, fish or just relax and enjoy the scenery (don't forget your Colorado Fishing License if you're going to fish!). Sleep soundly with only the noise of the river to lull you. In the morning, your guides will fuel you up with fresh coffee and a hearty breakfast before setting out for more whitewater fun.
The second half of your trip goes through Brown's Canyon, where you'll blast through the whitewater of more than 10 Class III rapids. The granite walls, birdlife, and mountain peaks of Brown's Canyon—a Wilderness Study Area—are worth the trip alone. Leave the chaos at home as you explore this remote canyon with very little road access. At the end of your trip, an AVA vehicle will be waiting to take you back to the AVA Outpost.
The End is Only the Beginning: When you arrive back at the AVA Outpost, change into your dry clothes and come inside to check out the hilarious and action-packed photos from the day. After viewing your digital photos on wall-mounted screens, you'll have an opportunity to have them printed right there at our office or to have them burned to a disc to take home and print out yourself. Our retail shop has tons of AVA and rafting paraphernalia for your shopping pleasure, from t-shirts and hats to picture frames and coffee mugs.
We hope we have fulfilled all of your expectation and dreams for your Colorado Rafting trip and we look forward to seeing you again!
Once you arrive at our outpost, check in with our friendly office staff and sign liability waivers. You can also download and print your waivers in advance. If anyone in your group is under 18 years old and will not be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, they will need to get their waiver signed in advance and bring it with them the day of the trip.
AVA provides wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge if the weather warrants their use. Wearing a wetsuit is often not necessary; they are most often needed early season, if the weather is rainy, and for or our Class IV-V trips. For overnight trips, we highly recommend you bring additional synthetic layers (as described below) to wear on the river in case we get a change of weather. Please also bring the following with you:
We provide tents, sleeping pads, camp chairs and all the setup for meals at camp. We also provide you a waterproof bag to pack your belongings in. You should bring the following for camp:
All trips depart as scheduled regardless of weather. AVA reserves the right to change or substitute river sections at any time due to weather conditions and water levels.
For groups of less than 10 people: Cancellations made prior to 14 days before the trip will be refunded 90% of the total trip cost. Cancellations made within 14 days and outside 2 days before the trip will be refunded 50% of the total trip cost. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the trip are nonrefundable.
For groups of 10 or more: Cancellations made prior to 14 days before the trip will be refunded 90% of the total trip cost. Cancellations outside of one week and inside of two weeks will be refunded 50% of the total trip cost. Cancellations inside of one week are nonrefundable.
NOTE: Cancellation policy applies to the full amount of your trip.
Change policy: Inside of two weeks of the trip, changes made to the date of the trip will result in a $10 change fee per person. Changes may not be made inside of 48 hours.
With Cancellation Insurance: If you have purchased cancellation insurance, you can cancel up until 12 hours before your reservation and receive a refund of 90% of the total trip cost. You can change your trip day up until 12 hours before the trip free of charge. The date change must be in the same year as the original trip date.
AVA reserves the right to cancel any trip due to an insufficient number of bookings. Should we need to cancel your trip, the full cost will be refunded or credited to another trip according to your wishes.
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