[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party

I wouldn't send you down the river with any ol' folk off the street, so I'll tell you how I personally know the owners of this Colorado river rafting company that will help brides and grooms experience the whitewater with their friends and family.  

I first met Campy and Christy at a Wilderness First Responder class at the Colorado Mountain College in Breck.  These two are the married owners of the Frisco-based operation, KODI Rafting, which has a long history of rivers in the family.  You can even read about the original Campy, as of late, he was referred to as "Grampy Campy" as his grandson has inherited the local river genes and namesake.  Grampy Campy passed away a few weeks after this article was printed, but his spirit will live on with the new generation of Campton's that are river-lovin' folk. 

We are working with KODI Rafting to provide a unique river experience for the wedding itself, or as part of the mountain experience that you provide for your guests and family.  Floating in a rock-walled canyon with the best friends of your life is an experience you will talk about for the rest of your lives.  We can help make that happen.  Let's talk!

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party Guest blog by Lisa Nan Pogue of KODI Rafting, and the Vail Resorts Snowsquad

// Wedding Party Rafting in Colorado - Celebrate on the River

What do whitewater rafting and your wedding have in common?  Both bring your guests huge smiles and leave them with amazing memories.

If you’re looking for something truly “Colorado” to do with your wedding guests, bridal party or groomsmen, whitewater rafting is the ultimate experience for everyone on the list – even Great Aunt Betty from Iowa or the 5-year-old twin ring bearers.

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party

We’re fortunate to have so many rafting options near Summit County. Depending on your group’s wild versus mild preference, choose from varying sections of Clear Creek, the mighty (but, in many places, mellow) Colorado River, and the famous scenic and adventurous Arkansas River.

KODI Rafting has been taking wedding parties down Colorado's spectacular rivers since 1986 and will customize the ideal trip for your group. We have full-day and overnight trips for that wild bachelor blow out. Or more mellow floats that are great for getting the bride’s and groom’s families together for a day of bonding. For the outdoorsy gals, there are action-packed waves-in-your-face Class III and IV rafting trips.

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party

KODI Rafting gladly offers group discounts and welcomes wedding parties of all sizes. We’ll help you plan the day, take care of the meals and equipment, and assist you with transportation arrangements from just about anywhere in Colorado. If you would like a luxury bus or just a van ride, we can assist and quote that as part of your trip. KODI is happy to add a pre- or post-rafting riverside lunch option or pair you up with our horseback riding, cattle drive or ATV tour partners.

Check out KODI’s group reservations page or call 877-747-7238 and we’ll get started on a customized group quote for you.  Please mention the "Red Duckies"  (in the photo above) in this post and tell us if you never tried a ducky, but you've tried rafting before and are ready to hit the water in a ducky, or an inflatable kayak.  Rafting is fun, but there's a way to take it a step further.   We'll tell you how!

[What To Do] on your Adventure Wedding in the Rockies // River rafting, kayaking and fly fishing near Breckenridge, Colorado

DSC0009b-630-x-401.jpg

Summit County, Colorado is not only a land of mountains, but is also a place of many sources of water, including the Blue, 10 Mile and Snake Rivers.  There are also nearby Colorado whitewater river rafting classics Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River, but also the Pumphouse run on the Upper Colorado.

The rivers in Summit County converge and make up the waters of the Dillon Reservoir, or Lake Dillon as we call it.  There are many ways to get out on the lake, including sailing, pontoons, kayak rentals, and even a scenic water taxi.  Perhaps you could ride your bike, have lunch along the way and then catch a ride back across the lake.

But the quintessential Colorado rafting trip is a float down south of Buena Vista, on the mighty Arkansas River.  A number of experienced river rats guide for local outfitter, The Adventure Company, and don't employ novice guides.  The water can be a thrill, but you want someone who knows their stuff  when you hit those rapids.  The record snow that fell this past winter fill the rivers and make for a refreshing  journey, as a Colorado river trip is like no other.  We are currently helping book trips for this outfitter, so give us a call right now at 800-213-4425 and mention this post for the river trip of a lifetime.

Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Planning  |  Colorado river rafting on the Arkansas River and the Blue River |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

There are also white water kayaking options for those who are extremely adventurous and willing to get splashed in the face just a bit.  You will be able to bask in the feeling of floating with towering rock walls above your head, while you work with the river and paddle your way through the Eye of the Needle.

For those of you who know folks who'd rather cast a fly and enjoy a more peaceful, serene river experience we suggest you contact a local fly fishing guide and be grateful for whatever hole he's willing to share with you.  I bet we could even arrange to have some yummy food delivered to the Upper Blue near Breckenridge.

Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Planning  |  Colorado river rafting on the Arkansas River and the Blue River |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Behind the Breckenridge Recreation Center is the kayak park.  It is not for beginners, and is not a place to mess around.  The rivers are an amazing source of beauty, but deserve their respect, so make sure you know before you go and talk to someone who knows the local waters.

We are water people and enjoy kayaking on the lake, as it's closer to where we live in Breckenridge.  But, one day I took Dina out on the Arkansas River, and we took a swim.  But that's for another river story...

*Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable.  Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.