My wife and I booked an all day raft trip on the Arkansas River in a stretch called the Numbers/Narrows. Upon our arrival we were somewhat disappointed to learn that the water level and velocity was too high to raft down the Numbers section. This was no fault of AVA. As explained, it simply was not safe.
Still, we had a wonderful experience. Our guide, Zach, was excellent. While to mood was light and fun for the most part, Zach was clear with his instructions and made sure we were in the best possible position for navigating the river. At one point, one of the other rafts in our trip flipped. Knowing that we were safe, both our guide and the "guide" in the kayak instantly jumped to attention. We pulled to the side of the river and waited while these two gentlemen quickly ran up the river bank to assist the people that capsized. I was impressed by their professionalism.
The balance of the day was a blast. The guides cooked up a great chicken fajita lunch and then we were on our way to Brown's Canyon (which was the section we rafted as a replacement for the Numbers). While this stretch was not the wildest, it certainly is very beautiful. All in all, we had a fun and safe experience filled with plenty of excitement.
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