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Reviewed July 3, 2014

We did the full day trip through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon and Royal Gorge on our honeymoon, and absolutely loved it!! Since we hit it in mid-June, the water was high and exciting. Nicki, our guide was absolutely amazing....personable, friendly, knowledgeable and in control, and did a great job of making the trip safe and fun for everybody. It was refreshing to be with other believers. You could see the love of Christ in the staff members faces, and they were unashamed of Christ, but definitely not pushy with their faith. Halfway through we stopped for a delicious lunch which they provided. All this with competitive prices is definitely hard to beat!

We had the ride of our lives, and if we're ever back in that area again, we'll definitely be rebooking with JourneyQuest!

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

My wife and I are from California and were in the area to look for land to spend the rest of our lives on. We camped at Sweetwater River Ranch and the recommended Vessels for Honor (now Journey Quest) well, we had an afternoon 14 mile trip through the canyon and it was the most amazing time we have had in a looong time! From the beginning when Mark gave the safety meeting I knew we were in good (Gods) hands! We then met our guide for the trip, Ryan is an amazing young man, and an inspiration to anyone who is lucky enough to meet him! He is the youngest guide they have, it was his first year as a guide as he just graduated HS. But let me tell you, for an 18 year old man, I (and I'm an old fogey) he was a true inspiration. From the prayer he said before our trip, to the 'barking of commands' then apologizing for it (every time) and the info he was telling us during the trip, he made our trip that much more special! His goals and the things he's already accomplished in his short life are nothing but amazing! Thank You Ryan for an experience we will never forget!
There are tons of Rafting companies on the Arkansas River, but we will be back and recommending Journey Quest everytime. (We will be locals soon!) I don't want to forget mentioning the guide in the other raft Cory! She as well is amazing! The smile on her face and the fun she had with us never stopped! We even had a splash battle that we will never forget! (She won!) Again, thank you Ryan, Cory and Mark for the best time we've had in years! See you soon!!
Kevin and Danata Smith

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Several years ago, my church in Colorado Springs decided to make rafting a summer event. We chose Journey Quest (VFH at that time) and had a blast. We did the half day trip that ends just before the Royal Gorge, and it was perfect for our mixed group. With kids from 13 years old through adventurous grandparents, we wanted something everyone would enjoy; Journey Quest delivered a safe, entertaining, and exciting voyage each time.

Who doesn't want to say "yeah, I've been white water rafting." but how often can you say "I went white water rafting and pushed grandpa out of the boat"? Now, you can! (as long as you take the trip that includes the safe-for-being-pushed-from-boat swimming area:) The guides at Journey Quest were always friendly ,and safety focused. The trip we take includes class three rapids that were occasionally class four depending on the condition of the river that day; people didn't always stay in the boat when they were supposed to. My own mother fell out during a rapid named Sharks Tooth. However, the guides are always watchful and got her back in the boat immediately. Even after 10+ trips of about twenty people each we have never had a serious injury.

The church, as a group, has gone back every summer for about 15 years now. Sometimes the weather was rainy and sometimes the river was lower or higher, but each trip was special. I would definitely recommend this company.

Date of experience: July 2012
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Steve N, Manager at Journey Quest, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Thanks so much for your review! We enjoy serving your family and your church every summer and hope we can do so for many years to come.

The trip you normally take is one of our Bighorn Sheep Canyon trips, and yes, that is a wonderful stretch of the Arkansas River for the entire family. As a guide it is always exciting to see families building a legacy of faith together, and there's nothing like having 3 generations of a family all having a blast together in the same raft! These are memories that will last a lifetime.

We even enjoy pulling grandpa and mother-in-law back in the boat whenever needed, even if they were pushed in by their loving family. Hope to see you again this summer!

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