Performance Tours Whitewater Rafting

Performance Tours Whitewater Rafting

Performance Tours Whitewater Rafting
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8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
Celebrating more than 3 decades of whitewater rafting in Colorado! Performance Tours Rafting is Summit County’s first rafting company and was established in 1986 by Kevin and Mary Jo Foley. Performance Tours Rafting has an outstanding safety record and we strive to provide our guests with the most professional and enjoyable whitewater rafting adventure. Our guests can choose to raft 5 spectacular rivers; Arkansas, Blue, Clear Creek, Colorado and Ten Mile Creek with trip options ranging from mild to wild - and everything in between!
Buena Vista, Colorado

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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NewfiePupLover
Des Moines, IA337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We took 10 people, including 6 kids from 6-9 years old, down the Arkansas River with Performance Tours and it was a great experience. We did the calmer 1/2 day trip that put in south of Buena Vista and ended just south of Salida. There were some minor rapids along the way so that our smaller kids got the feel of "whitewater rafting", but no major rapids so everyone felt safe on this first-time adventure for most of our group. Our guide was Nick and he was awesome; full of information about the Arkansas River, the area around us, history and details about what we were seeing and rafting over, by and through. The next level up trip would include some more "fun" of larger rapids, but for out group this was perfect and we'll be back to experience some level 2 & 3 rapids we hope next year. The guides are sure to fit everyone's flotation devices and helmets, and during Covid they were all wearing masks the entire time as well. Felt safe the entire trip. Thanks Performance Tours!
Written August 14, 2020
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SULLLE71
Brewster, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My family and I (Mom, Dad, 2- 17 year old boys, and 2- 13 year old boys) had a blast on 8/1/2020 on the Big Sheep Canyon Half Day Rafting trip. It was our first experience whitewater rafting and it was tame enough that we were not uneasy but exciting enough to give us a thrill. Bundy was a terrific guide and we highly recommend requesting him whatever excursion you choose. He was full of details regarding the river and full of fun and jokes. A+ experience all around.
Written August 10, 2020
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Riina R
Cokato, MN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It was our first time white water rafting and Kent was both calm and encouraging at every turn. Our group took a little while to get into a rhythm but at no point did Kent make us feel that we were doing anything but our best (a low bar, but the point stands). We would absolutely recommend Performance Tours for your first, or second, or hundredth white water rafting tour.

During portions of calm water, Kent even took the time to point out significant landmarks, cool rock formations, and scenic views. He was a wealth of knowledge about local lore and history as well.

Even a passing thunderstorm replete with rain and hail were not enough to dampen his spirits. He led us through unscathed and none the worse for wear.

Thank you, Kent!
Written July 23, 2022
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Jim Jenista
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Superior experience for large family (6 adults, 2 kids 10 and 6) looking for Class 2+ half-day outing on the Arkansas River. Driver Rocket and Guide Jeremy made the most of a short ride to launch site and a tame river, with several surprise fun moments. The kids especially loved it, and there was plenty for the adults, too, on a relaxed run (Squaw Creek to Salida East pullout). Owner Kevin personally arranged exactly the transportation and accommodation we requested, and the check-in and return processes were efficient and covered all the important topics.
Written July 17, 2020
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Jennifer B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We did a full day tour of the “scenic & mild” Squaw Creek. PJ was our guide and he was amazing, We had kids ranging from 5-12 years old and he kept it fun for all of them (and their parents too). He went above and beyond interacting with the children & giving them the best day ever. I highly recommend Performance Tours & especially PJ!
Written July 27, 2020
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Jules P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Stu was our guide and he was amazing! We were a group of 9 and split up into two boats so my parents, husband, and myself were in his boat. He kept us informed and ready for anything the river threw at us. Everyone on the river loves Stu and he was referred to as a legend many times by different people! We had fun asking him questions about his adventures. He was serious when he needed to be and fun and chill when he didn’t. We felt very lucky to have him as our guide and we learned a lot about the area and wildlife as well as rafting. He kept us safe and made the experience so fun!

Josh was in charge of our 5 kids, ages 9-28, in the second boat. He kept them alive and in the boat haha! They had so much fun! Two of the kids fell deeply in love with white water rafting after this experience and are already planning their next trip! Josh definitely had his hands full with the varying levels of ability that our kids had and he did it beautifully. Two of our kids have been white water rafting before in a different state and they both agreed that this experience was their favorite.

Performance Tours was great! They include wetsuits, wind breakers and booties in the price and we were very grateful for those! The pictures they took while we went through the rapids are priceless! Such amazing shots! Everyone is friendly and confident and we had the best time! The clothing in the gift shop were so soft that we couldn’t help but buy some for souvenirs. 💕

We chose the intermediate rapids and they were perfect! We definitely recommend Performance Tours and will be booking through them again in the future!
Written July 7, 2023
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Diane
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We really had a fun day whitewater rafting with Performance Tours. My boyfriend and I were in a raft with another couple and Ryan, our guide. Ryan was very knowledgeable and skilled on the river. We had beautiful weather as we floated 13 miles down the Arkansas River and enjoyed the scenery on both sides of the river. Ryan pointed out rock formations with unique names and commented on local history and noteworthy trips he’s had on the river. The water level was low but passable. We had a few exciting encounters with rocks but with Ryan’s experience we stayed in the raft and high fived each other several times as we navigated successfully.Performance Tours rafts stopped along the way to serve everyone lunch. We highly recommend Performance Tours for your whitewater rafting experience.
Written August 21, 2021
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Kristina F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
My family and I had such an awesome time on the Browns Canyon Half Day trip! Our guide Colin was awesome. I have been on a few rafting trips before, but this was the first time a rafting guide has ever took the time to really teach proper paddling technique, and that made a huge difference! The trip began with very mild rapids, helping us get used to the paddling technique. The back half of the trip involved many Class 3 rapids and some more technical maneuvers that Colin smoothly guided us through. The company was also incredibly accommodating as I had to call back a few times to adjust our reservation in the week prior to our trip. I highly recommend Performance Tours for a CO rafting trip, and we would love to come back and try out some more difficult rapids next time!
Written August 22, 2022
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Kbfieseler, Thank you for choosing Performance Tours and for taking the time to leave a review. We are absolutely thrilled you had a great time with Colin and look forward to rafting with you next time you are in Colorado! Best, The Performance Tours Team
Written August 28, 2022
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James Anderson
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We know we wanted to do a rafting trip in our time out in Colorado and stumbled upon Performance Tours as an option so I went ahead and booked a Browns Canyon tour.

First of all, the upfront information and safety instructions really made us feel comfortable and ready to go (this was our first time). I truly felt like, in the unlikely event something went wrong, I was completely prepared to handle a situation. Our guide, Kelly, made this entire tour one of our favorite experiences of our CO trip. She made sure to talk about the area around us as we navigated the creek, always gave instruction on when to paddle but was never rude/antagonistic, and absolutely knew how to have a good time along the way. The actual trip along Browns Canyon was gorgeous as well, we even saw some Bighorn Sheep by the side of the river at one point.

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a rafting trip. And if you can get Kelly as a guide, even better.
Written August 10, 2022
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kls6560
Joplin, MO14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We were visiting the area with our family that included our 3 grandsons, 2 10 year olds and a 7 year old. We were looking for a trip that wasn't too over the top since the boys had not been rafting before. We called on the phone and talked with the person there and they recommended the 1/2 day Squaw Creek as a first experience. They were right on the money. We felt great with all the measures taken to facilitate social distancing and mask wearing. Our guide was Ara. She was great with the kids and the adults. She helped make the day so much fun. It was cold in Silverthorne when we got up that morning, but by the time we got to Buena Vista it was sunny and a great day on the river. Ara pointed out numerous wildlife and our driver Rocky even shot some iphone pics of us on the river and sent them to us. They were really good pics and wonderful souvenirs of a great day together.
Written July 5, 2020
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