River activities

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The Arkansas River runs right through town and from June through August the river offers something for all abilities.

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Kayak down the Arkansas River slalom course right here in downtown Salida, Co. Take a kayaking course from RMOC or rent a kayak at River Runners Try the newest craze… duckies…inflatable kayaks for the trip of a lifetime.

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Arkansas River Rafting

White-water rafting on the Arkansas River is something we all should have on our bucket list! There are some great companies in the area like The Adventure Company - check out their website and if you like what you see click here to make a reservation.

Other great options are the American Adventure Expeditions, 4 Corners Rafting and RMOC. All of these companies have a great deal of experience and offer fantastic guided 1/2 day, full day and multi-day rafting trips. Browns Canyon is the best known trip, but try the Numbers or the Royal Gorge for something more adventurous. 

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Fly Fishing Colorado

Trout fishing in the Arkansas River is world renowned and there are also great fly-fishing opportunities on some of our smaller streams. Ask about lake and pond fishing for a family fishing experience. Rod and Greg at Arkanglers have an amazing crew and know all the county’s fishing secrets and offer guided float and wade trips in the area.  

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Paddle boarding

The Stand-Up Paddle Boarding craze has reached Salida and there is a fun, fairly mild, whitewater park that runs through town that is ideal for this sport. You can rent an SUP at Surf Salida downtown.