We were lucky enough to book one of the last trips of the season. We booked a full day trip the Friday of Labor Day weekend. The staff was incredible from those who answer the phone, during check in, the guide, and the safety kayaker. They honored a buy one get one 1/2 off coupon after I booked the trip. That's great customer service.
We booked a full day trip. Alex, our guide, was great. He is very experienced and makes the trip even more enjoyable. Alex, hope you enjoyed your trip home to NY. In the morning we rafted through the Big Horn Sheep Canyon. We were the only two on the raft. It was great practice for the afternoon trip through the Royal Gorge. The scenery was beautiful. I highly recommend this portion of the trip for those who do not feel ready for the Royal Gorge.
We were provided with lunch - hamburgers. The advantage of booking with AAE is that lunch is served at headquarters - which is great because you have access to restrooms and your car. No need to take a van to return. Just hop out of the raft and walk up the hill and lunch is served.
After lunch we picked up a few more rafters and Sean (our safety kayaker). Rafting through the Royal Gorge was exciting. Thank god for Sean who had to pull me from the river after I fell out of the raft. I even spotted a bear during the trip (apparently the guides had seen a cub during the week), but this was the first time the adult bear was spotted.
Best part of the trip was that during the whole day we did not see another raft on the river making the trip that much more special. Although the water level may not be as high as in the spring I highly recommend this trip at the end of the season to avoid the crowds.
We looked at many rafting companies and I'm so glad we chose AAE. Thanks to everyone at AAE for setting the tone for our Colorado Vacation.
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