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“Great day on the river!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mountain Man Rafting

Mountain Man Rafting
30923 W. Hwy 160, South Fork, CO 81154 (Formerly Mountain Man Tours)
+1 719-873-0188
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Owner description: Mountain Man Rafting was established in 1985 as Mountain Man Tours, Inc the first Colorado rafting outfitter and guide service on the Upper Rio Grande near Creede, South Fork and Lake City, Colorado. Mountain Man is still the ONLY guided rafting company on the Rio offering trips on the upper and lower sections.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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“Great day on the river!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Spent three hours kayaking down the Rio Grande and it was exhilarating. it is about a 12 mile journey down the river, depending on where they start. Truly a great way to see the river and the scenery.

Visited June 2012
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“Good, Safe, Beautiful Family Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Mountain Man Tours is located right in downtown Creede and, as they will tell you, they are the only guided raft tours in the area and also serve as the "rescue" crew for the river. The other rafting companies apparently just drop you off and pick you up, if that's what you're looking for. For our part, with four daughters, we wanted a safer experience of this very beautiful stretch of the Rio Grande which can be seen either by raft or by rail. When we arrived, we were enthusiastically greeted by about 10 college age guides which was intimidating for my girls as we were the only customers during that time slot. That was a strange experience, for sure, but it turns out most of them were training for the busy season which runs from mid-July through August (it would have been very helpful if they had explained this to us, so this is my only complaint). They give you a choice of either having the guide completely control the boat with two oars and a raised seat, or of having all of us help paddle while he directed and steered. We chose the fully-guided tour so we could just chill and enjoy the scenery. Our guide was very excellent -- obviously competent at river guiding, very informative about the river, Colorado and the area, the wildlife, the flora and fauna, and the like. We asked many questions and he had a good answer for all of them, with some corny jokes thrown in, too. About the river -- that stretch of the Rio is very scenic with mild but consistent rapids. Don't expect any wild rapids on this trip. This is probably about as safe as rafting gets, so it's perfect for kids. We barely even got wet.

All in all, from registration until the very end, it's obvious Mountain Man Tours is very into customer service, has "cool" guides (young, skier-types), and is very into safety. It's about the same price as the South Fork train ride through the same area, so it's really a matter of taste. The area around there is very scenic and nice.

Visited May 2012
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“Best experience of my life!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Came to Creede in 2008 and stayed until 09. The owner Ryan personally took myself and my family on a guided tour of the Rio Grand. I'm hooked!!!! GREAT JOB MOUNTAIN MAN!!!!

Visited May 2012
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