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Colorado rafting outfitters had record traffic, revenue in 2021. Will it be enough to keep them afloat this summer?

Colorado outfitters hosted a record 620,000 rafters last summer. But a decimated snowpack promises low flows and fewer crowds in 2022. Still, the rafting industry is optimistic.

Outdoors

Colorado’s mountain resorts cut back their summer offerings as labor crisis persists

Labor crisis in Colorado high country forces outdoor companies like Vail Resorts to adjust labor-intensive offerings like ziplining

Outdoors

Judge rejects Colorado rafting outfitters’ lawsuit protesting mandatory minimum wage for guides

Arkansas Valley Adventures, Colorado Rafting Outfitters Association sued Biden to block rule requiring at least $15 an hour for federal contractors.

Outdoors

Colorado rafting company sues federal government over minimum-pay rule for guides

Arkansas Valley Adventure and Colorado River Outfitters Association argue Biden, Department of Labor, cannot force minimum pay for permitted operations. They say the new rule could end overnight trips.

Outdoors

Should river towns be forced to build costly parks to get recreational water rights?

American Whitewater wants to adjust Recreational In-Channel Diversion water rights so communities can protect recreational flows without building whitewater parks.

Outdoors

Glenwood Springs is still dealing with the effects of a long I-70 closure this summer. Federal aid is a lifeline.

After a summer of record profits was interrupted by the disastrous shutdown of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, locals are looking to build community resilience.

Business

Amid drought, Colorado rafters flock to oases while they still can

For years, those who rely on rivers and streams for their livelihoods have struggled with the hotter, drier weather brought on by climate change

Outdoors

Two popular Colorado waterways are shut down amid raging currents, large number of rescues

Officials across Colorado are restricting access to rivers along the Front Range as high flows, low temperatures and debris make it unsafe for rafters, tubers and kayakers — especially those unaware of the rivers’ strength.

Outdoors

Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020

Colorado rafting businesses endured a 21% decline in traffic last summer, but early reservations and a not-so-bad snowpack are floating hopes for a rebound this summer.

Outdoors

The Grizzly Creek fire is threatening the Colorado River and water for the entire West

As the Grizzly Creek Fire rips through Glenwood Canyon, it endangers vital infrastructure for millions of westerners. Sediment and debris could foul the Colorado River for years to come.

Wildfire

Planning for drought has made Colorado whitewater rafting companies ready to weather coronavirus

Adding lodging and land adventures, like ziplines, via ferrata and art classes, has helped outfitters keep their place as outdoor economic engines, even when weather and illness make it tough.

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Father, son die in rafting accident on Arkansas River near Pueblo

The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office identified the two victims as 46-year-old Ricardo Valencia Sanchez and 16-year-old Jose Louis Valencia.

News

Man, toddler still missing in separate incidents on Colorado’s runoff-swollen rivers

Teams searching the Colorado and Eagle rivers are fighting fast flows and low visibility as snowmelt kicks off a busy, dangerous season.

News

Colorado boat sales boom as people use rivers to keep adventure flowing during coronavirus

Salida stand-up-paddle board maker Mike Harvey calls the demand “insane,” joining a chorus of watercraft retailers and manufacturers reporting record business

Outdoors

Front Range kayakers, rafters blast Jefferson County’s extended coronavirus closure of Clear Creek

Jefferson County's sheriff cited recent crowding on Boulder Creek in his decision to ban all swimming, tubing, kayaking and rafting on Clear Creek through June 25

Outdoors

Rafting season is ready to launch, but coronavirus worries are running high in Colorado

Rafters are betting Colorado’s “safer-at-home” rules will ease as people flood outfitters with reservation requests. But will the water last?

Outdoors

Colorado rafting team falls short in second attempt at speed record down the Grand Canyon 

They finished in 37 hours, 55 minutes, missing the 34-hour, 2-minute record set by kayaker Ben Orkin in 2016.

Outdoors

Colorado rafting team poised for second attempt at breaking speed record down Grand Canyon

U.S Rafting Team is back with a new raft design and veteran guides in mission to row 277 miles in less than 34 hours. 

Outdoors

Fish ladders and boat chutes part of a massive dam rebuild on the Arkansas River

In the process of rebuilding a diversion to get river water to thirsty cities, Colorado Springs and Aurora collaborated with wildlife, environmental and recreational interests for ambitious infrastructure upgrade

Outdoors

MAP: At least 22 people have died on Colorado’s rivers and reservoirs this year amid fierce runoff

The Arkansas River has been the deadliest stretch of water in the state so far, with three deaths

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