Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com Colorado Whitewater Rafting & Zipline Adventures for All Ages and Abilities Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:45:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-logo-32x32.png Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com 32 32 The Life of a Colorado Whitewater Rafting Guide https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/the-life-of-a-colorado-whitewater-rafting-guide/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:45:35 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5408 Millions of people go whitewater rafting across the country every year. And while for most a river trip may be a once a year or even once in a lifetime event, for rafting guides the river is a way of life. Here is a glimpse into what a guide’s life looks like every summer. Training ... Read More >>

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Millions of people go whitewater rafting across the country every year. And while for most a river trip may be a once a year or even once in a lifetime event, for rafting guides the river is a way of life. Here is a glimpse into what a guide’s life looks like every summer.

Training

The first step is training. The state of Colorado requires all guides to get certified. This requires at least 50 hours on the river as well as 50 miles of guiding. This process of training usually takes about 3 weeks during the month of May. Some companies, such as Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting, make their guides go through more training and require more hours on the river and in the classroom than the state.

What A Week Looks Like

As rookies get to know the longterm guides that could practically paddle down the river with their eyes closed, they start off taking guests down the more novice sections of whitewater.  Weekends are the busiest for all guides, as this is the most popular time for tourists as well as locals to run the river.  During early to the middle of the week, guide may only take out one trip a day.  Though it’s less money in their pocket there is free time during the day to indulge in their favorite past time.  Many of our raft guides love to kayak, rock climb, hike, and participate in the whole spectrum of outdoor adventure.

Rafting the Arkansas River

Living Quarters

The lifestyle of a guide may seem a bit out there to some, as many guides will live at the outpost they are working at for the season. No heat or air conditioning, no private bathroom, and a communal kitchen is the common setup at rafting outposts. Most guides live out of a tent, their car, or a converted van or bus. This is part of a minimalist and simple lifestyle and definitely doesn’t suit the majority.

The Less, The Better

No river guide is guiding to make millions and live a life of luxury.  However, a life of luxury is different in a rafting guide’s eyes as the heart. To wake up in a beautiful landscape and hop in the river every day is living the dream. Hot showers, a big couch, a flat screen TV, and a closet full of clothes is no longer a necessity.  What makes this lifestyle even better is that they get to make a living on the river and they get to share their passion with others.

It takes a special breed to endure the raft guide culture, and we are lucky enough to have some of the most interesting and down to earth people on our crew.  Come meet them this summer with a river trip with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting!

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10 Best Spring Hikes Near Buena Vista, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/top-buena-vista-colorado-hikes/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:52:55 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5399 When venturing through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, a hike in Buena Vista should be on the top of your priority list.  Aside from this mountain town being one of the most picturesque Colorado destinations, there is endless amounts of outdoor activities to indulge in.  Here are some of the best hikes to take on this ... Read More >>

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When venturing through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, a hike in Buena Vista should be on the top of your priority list.  Aside from this mountain town being one of the most picturesque Colorado destinations, there is endless amounts of outdoor activities to indulge in.  Here are some of the best hikes to take on this spring near Buena Vista.

Lost Lake

Difficulty Level:  Easy – Moderate

Though this hike starts out at nearly 11,200 feet, it’s only 2.4 miles roundtrip and yields some incredible views at the top of Cottonwood Pass.  You’ll get to see some beautiful wildflowers in bloom as you make your way to the lake, and on a clear day you may even catch a sighting of Pike’s Peak off in the distance.

Lost Lake Colorado

Image courtesy of Trover.

Lake Ann

Difficulty Level: Difficult

The hike to Lake Ann is cradled in a beautiful alpine basin beneath the Continental Divide, featuring fantastic views of Huron Peak and the Three Apostles. Wonderful views are endless and the wildflowers throughout the summer season are a sight to see.  This hike is 12.6 miles round trip with a pretty hearty elevation gain, so bring an abundance of water, snacks, and be sure you’re aware of what you’re getting into.

Browns Pass / Lake Hartenstein

Difficulty Level: Moderate – Difficult

Lake Hartenstein is a moderate to difficult hike with a beginning elevation of 9,900 feet.  You’ll enjoy some beautiful scenes as you make your way up to the lake.  Though it’s just less than 6 miles roundtrip it is not for beginner trekkers.  This trail is perfect for those with dogs, as well as those wanting to backpack into the backcountry for a night or two.

Browns Lake

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Browns Lake is a high alpine lake that is great for those wanting to bird watch or do some fishing.  You’ll make your way through meadows and past a waterfall on the 4 mile trek up to the lake.  If you’re looking for an extreme weekend in the mountains, spend the evening at Browns Lake and summit the popular Colorado 14er, Mt. Antero, the next morning.

Ptarmigan Lake

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Ptarmigan Lake is a beautiful hiiking and fishing destination along the awesome Sawatch Mountain Range. The lake views are impressive and is a popular wildflower trail come July eery year.

Elkhead Pass

Difficulty Level: Difficult

The 9 mile roundtrip trek along Elkhead Pass is an extreme one, but the panoramic views of surrounding mountain vistas will take your breath away (if the elevation hasn’t already).  You’ll top out at over 13,000 feet along your hike, and there are plenty of backpacking trails and trip options around this area.

Elkhead Pass Colorado

Image courtesy of Matt Mahoney.

 

Interlaken Trail

Difficulty Level: Easy

This hike is very easy as it traverses the south shore of Twin Lakes to Interlaken, and it holds an abundance of history as it was once home to a popular luxury resort that thrived in the 1800’s. Mt. Elbert serves as a backdrop to this trail and is one of the most popular 14er’s in Colorado.

North Fork Lake Creek

Difficulty Level: Moderate

North Fork Lake Creek travels a total of 8.1 miles round trip. Hike up a beautiful, secluded valley to a wind swept tarn and then a saddle on the Continental Divide overlooking the Frying Pan Lakes. The quiet valley offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities and amazing views of the towering peaks surrounding.

Bear Lake via Horn Fork Trail

Difficulty Level: 

Bear Lake is an 11 mile roundtrip with amazing views of three Colorado 14ers; Mt. Harvard, Mt. Columbia and Mt. Yale.  This hike up the expansive Horn Fork basin to Bear Lake, an absolute alpine jewel nestled snugly in a rugged bowl beneath the Continental Divide in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.  Horses are allowed on this trail, so you may meet a new friend on the way!

 

Horn Fork Basin Colorado

Image courtesy of Colorado Guy.

North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead

Difficulty Level: Easy

Take on a milder section of the Colorado Trail on the Cottonwood Creek trail.  The road up is a little rough but adventurers have reported back doing fine in a 2WD sedan on the way up.

Pair a hike with one of our many whitewater rafting excursions on the Arkansas River and make your time in Colorado one to remember!

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Your Family Will Love the Upper Colorado River https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/your-family-will-love-the-upper-colorado-river/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:21:30 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5395 Colorado is home to many of the best rafting rivers in the country. From nice float trips to intense Class V rapids, there’s a river for everyone.  The Upper Colorado River is often considered a favorite by new rafters and experienced thrill junkies alike, and is a great family outing for a summer adventure.  The ... Read More >>

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Colorado is home to many of the best rafting rivers in the country. From nice float trips to intense Class V rapids, there’s a river for everyone.  The Upper Colorado River is often considered a favorite by new rafters and experienced thrill junkies alike, and is a great family outing for a summer adventure.  The “Upper C” is a more relaxed float, and where there may not be as much adrenaline as other trips there is plenty of bonding and fun to be had.  Your youngest adventurer can be 2 years old, making this trip perfect for all generations.

Rafting Trip Location

Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting’s Upper Colorado trip takes off from Kremmling, Colorado, which is just under 2 hours of driving from Denver and an hour from Summit County and Steamboat Springs.  When your group arrives at our outpost, you will check in and meet your guide before getting geared up.  BWR stands out against other rafting outfitters, as we provide wetsuits, splash jackets, helmets, PFDs, and paddles free of charge.

The Trip

You’ll head to the starting point and learn the in’s and out’s of rafting prior to starting your journey.  The environment surrounding the Upper Colorado River will take your breath away, and the peaceful float through canyons and mountains of Colorado will give you amazing views that can only be seen while floating down the river.

As you make your way down the river there are many stopping points for fun activities.  Soak in some natural hot springs right along the river or cliff jump off some giant boulders lining the water.  Class II rapids awaits you just a bit further down the stretch, giving you a jolt of adrenaline and will have you navigating your way through some less intense whitewater fit for all ages.

Overnight Trips on the Upper Colorado River

Another adventure you can consider is our 24 Hours on the Upper C trip.  Gather the family for an overnight excursion and have some quality bonding time as you raft, then spend a night on shore camping under Colorado’s beautiful night sky.  Your guides will cover cooking dinner and setting up camp as you sit back and relax with your family.

Kremmling Lodging

If you’re headed to the Kremmling area the night before your adventure, there are plenty of lodging options in town so you can wake up refreshed in the morning and ready for a day on the river.  Stay in one of the many bed & breakfasts’ or motels, then grab some breakfast or lunch at the Moose Café, Jilly’s, or The Kitchen Table to fuel you up before you make your way to our outpost.

The Upper Colorado River is your perfect destination for scout troop outings, family reunions or bachelor parties!  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today for more information, and our adventure specialists will help set you up with a weekend to remember.

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History of Browns Canyon, Colorado – the Most Popular Whitewater in the Country https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/history-browns-canyon-colorado-popular-whitewater-country/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:29:15 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5369 The notorious Browns Canyon lies between Buena Vista and Salida in Chaffee County, Colorado.  With elevation ranges from 7,300 feet to 10,000 feet, the canyon provides awe-inspiring scenery with views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Arkansas River sculpts Browns Canyon, running through granite cliffs and rock ... Read More >>

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The notorious Browns Canyon lies between Buena Vista and Salida in Chaffee County, Colorado.  With elevation ranges from 7,300 feet to 10,000 feet, the canyon provides awe-inspiring scenery with views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Arkansas River sculpts Browns Canyon, running through granite cliffs and rock outcroppings. With extreme elevation changes and the area’s geology and unique ecosystem for wildlife, it is obvious why Browns Canyon is a popular destination for hikers, rafters, students of conservation, and those just on the hunt for a beautiful view.

Rafting Browns Canyon

Those who come for the rafting experience won’t leave disappointed. Raft through a boulder-strewn canyon to large exciting rapids, then pause and catch your breath in the calmer pools that follow. The area of the Arkansas River running through Browns Canyon is the most popular in the United States.

Mining in Colorado

To truly understand and appreciate why national attention towards conservation of the canyon is so vital to Colorado, we must first acknowledge our past. Many ares in the state made their come up with mining, as it was an integral part of developing Colorado. According to Westernmininghistory.com, between 1927 and 1949, the area yielded about 130,000 tons of commercial grade fluorspar valued at nearly 5 million dollars. Evidence of Colorado’s mining history can be discovered throughout the canyon, as hikers can spot old cabins and huts were the miners used to live while working.

Conservation of Browns Canyon

Conservation efforts began back in 1980 when the Federal Bureau of Land Management designated the area of Browns Canyon for wilderness study, which prevented anyone from mining there. When the ban ended back in 2011, two groups immediately filed for mining claims along the Arkansas River. The claimants were seeking gold. Gold Mining operations are hardly the harmless process some may picture, like a miner panning for nuggets in a stream. Retrieving enough gold to make an 18-karat wedding band means extracting 20 tons of ore and waste rock. If proper waste removal procedures aren’t followed, experts say 20 tons of waste can be produced from that same ring.

Browns Canyon National Monument

Former President Barack Obama visited Browns Canyon in 2015. While there, Obama designated 21,586 acres of unspoiled canyons, rivers and backcountry forest in Colorado as the Browns Canyon National Monument.  By doing this, it furthered the American ideal of nature conservation and stressing the value placed on protection of this unique ecosystem. Whether by raft or on foot, now that Browns Canyon is a national monument, it is protected and visitors can continue to enjoy the unspoiled beauty and the spectacular views.

Come enjoy the incredible scenery and thrilling rapids the Browns Canyon has to offer this year!  Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting is currently running great deals on 2018 rafting adventures.  Book today!

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Best Small Snacks to Take on Your Colorado Excursion https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/best-small-snacks-take-colorado-excursion/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:05:13 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5363 The most important part of venturing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is making sure you have the proper fuel for your excursion.  The most convenient snacks do not require refrigeration, are easily portable, and are packed with nutrients to keep you trekking along for days. For the Protein Lover Nut Butter Boats: Fill a stick of ... Read More >>

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The most important part of venturing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is making sure you have the proper fuel for your excursion.  The most convenient snacks do not require refrigeration, are easily portable, and are packed with nutrients to keep you trekking along for days.

For the Protein Lover

  • Nut Butter Boats: Fill a stick of celery with peanut butter and top with almonds.
  • Trail Mix: Pack a bag full of assorted nuts, raisins, pretzels, and even a little bit of chocolate.
  • Jerky: The great part about jerky is that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so a bag can last you for days.
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Protein bars: Head to the granola bar or health section of your local grocery store and stock up… you can never have too many protein bars!

For the Sweet Tooth

  • Chocolate chai seed pudding: Perfect for day long excursions due to the fact that it’s pudding and we’re sure you don’t want it to burst in your bag.
  • Fruit!  Pineapple, honeydew, apples, grapes, and watermelon are all great for the river.  Try them dried if you’re out for a few days.
  • Fruit snacks: Some believe that these are all just solidified sugar, but we can promise you there are options that are nutritious and delicious.
  • Chocolate covered almonds: &es.

For the Vegan Adventurer

  • Bag of nuts
  • Popcorn trail mix
  • Seaweed snacks
  • Roasted chick peas
  • Oat and peanut butter protein balls
  • Baked parsnip chips
  • Baked apple chips

For the Backcountry Warrior

If you’re planning to be off the grid for an extended amount of time, it’s always smart to bring plenty of non-perishable food that won’t wear you out or leave you hungry.

For Breakfast

  • Dried fruit
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Seeds or nuts
  • Nut butter
  • And if you have the set up… pancakes!

For Lunch

  • Packaged tuna or jerky
  • Crackers
  • Tortillas

For Dinner

  • Instant noodles such as Ramen
  • Instant rice
  • Beans or lentils
  • Freeze dried meals (there are endless options, check out Backpackers Pantry to see some!)

If these adventures are common for you, there are plenty of things that are easy and affordable to make on your own.  For example, one of the protein packed options, jerky, can be even more delectable made at home.  Anyone can purchase a dehydrator for anywhere from as little as $29.99 to well over $500, based on capacity and efficiency. With this dehydrator you are able to make jerky from all kinds of meats such as pork, beef, turkey, venison, elk, and many others, creating a truly versatile snack option.  For the best outcome, vacuum seal your jerky in snack sizes for ultimate freshness with every package.

Another great homemade snack is your creation of trail mix.  Common ingredients in trail mix are raisins, dried oranges, dried pineapple, almonds, walnuts, seeds, candies such as M&M’s, seasonings such as cinnamon, salt, ground ginger, nutmeg and cayenne pepper, other dried fruits, other nuts… the possibilities are endless.  You can vary each bag between spicy, salty, and sweet, so it doesn’t feel like you’re eating the same thing every day.

Battling the rapids, heading out on a backcountry packing trip, or spending a few days fishing for trout this year?  Be sure to refer to this list for the best food to take with you.  If you haven’t planned a Colorado adventure yet… what are you waiting for?  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today for the best deals on 2018 river trips!

 

*Featured image courtesy of Field & Stream.

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Best Beer Lineup in Breckenridge, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/best-beer-lineup-breckenridge-colorado/ Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:05:39 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5353 After a long day of hitting the slopes in Breckenridge, there is nothing quite like a fresh cold beer to refresh you.  With so many different craft breweries and great restaurants to check out, it can be hard to choose where to go.  Whether you are a connoisseur of the finer beers or just looking ... Read More >>

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After a long day of hitting the slopes in Breckenridge, there is nothing quite like a fresh cold beer to refresh you.  With so many different craft breweries and great restaurants to check out, it can be hard to choose where to go.  Whether you are a connoisseur of the finer beers or just looking for a fun night out with friends, there is a beverage and an atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.  Check out these spots next time you’re in town.

Breckenridge Brewery

Situated right off Main Street on the south side of Breckenridge is the Breckenridge Brewery.  Offering everything from IPA’s and stouts, to lagers and seasonal brews, you can’t go wrong. A fun upbeat spot with two patios and a spectacular view of the Tenmile Range make a perfect destination for the whole family.

Canteen Tap House and Tavern

This delicious burger joint on the north side of Breckenridge off of Main Street has 14 Colorado brews on tap.  Try the specialty or whatever is on the Summit County rotating handle that day!  Paired with the homemade mac & cheese or house-smoked brisket and a beautiful patio, the Canteen will have you fully refueled after a day on the slopes.

Broken Compass

This local favorite is incredibly popular due to the fun games offered at the brewery as well as the dog-friendly environment.  Broken Compass also has some unique beers, such as a Coconut Porter or a Chili Pepper Pale Ale.  Though they don’t serve food, head to the brewery on Monday night for their weekly potluck!

Proust

Head 8 miles north of Breckenridge to the town of Frisco for this next spot.  Proust is known for their beer and sausage pairings and has over thirty different bottled brews to try out. This stop is also a fun place to go to check out some international vibes.

Rocky Mountain Underground

Smack dab in the middle of Breckenridge is Rocky Mountain Underground.  Not only to they have a fantastic beer selection, there is also a gear shop and beer garden out back during the summer months.  With eleven different craft beers on tap and live music often, “RMU” is a hot spot for an afternoon beverage.

Ollie’s Pub and Grub

Be sure to grab a basket of wings and a beer at Ollie’s Pub and Grub while in Breckenridge.  If you’re hoping to catch your sports team on TV, Ollie’s is a great destination.  When Breckenridge is too hectic during peak season, head to the other Ollie’s just a town away in Frisco!

No matter where you end up in Breckenridge a good beer line up is imperative to feeling like a local. Craft beers are a way of life for many people here so check around to see what people recommend. For a fun adventure while you’re in the area give us a call at 877 RAFTING so we can get your adventure booked today

 

*Featured image courtesy of Book Breck.

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Visiting Alma, Colorado – The Highest Incorporated Town in North America https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/visiting-alma-colorado-highest-incorporated-town-north-america/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:38:22 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5350 Alma, located in Park County just south of Breckenridge, is the highest incorporated town in North America.  Sitting at 10,578 feet in elevation, Alma may be small with a population of 2070, but is packed with history around every corner.  If you’re heading to Summit County from Colorado Springs or Highway 285, you’ll get to pass through this ... Read More >>

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Alma, located in Park County just south of Breckenridge, is the highest incorporated town in North America.  Sitting at 10,578 feet in elevation, Alma may be small with a population of 2070, but is packed with history around every corner.  If you’re heading to Summit County from Colorado Springs or Highway 285, you’ll get to pass through this notorious little town just before you reach Hoosier Pass.

Alma Activities

Hiking

Alma is home to five 14er’s, and you can actually combo four of them into one day if you an extreme adventurer. 

Mt. Sherman

Mt. Sherman tops out at 14,035 feet and will give you incredible views of the surrounding Continental Divide.  Sherman is popular among Colorado hikers due to the easier routes up the mountain.

Mt. Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross

If you’re up for a challenge, knock out four different 14er’s in one day!  Once you summit Mt. Democrat, you’ll cross saddles between each peak for the day.  On the way up you’ll pass some abandoned mines, and at the top you’ll have 360 views of all of the surrounding mountain vistas.

Off Roading

If climbing a 14,000+ foot mountain doesn’t sound like a great way to spend your day, rent an ATV and put it in gear..  You’ll be surrounded by the Mosquito Range mountains and you won’t have to dedicate your entire day to just traveling via your own two feet.

Alma Food

The Alma Coffee House is a favorite among locals and has some delicious food and a wide variety of coffee’s.   It’ll be the perfect kick start to your day in the Colorado Rockies.

Head to the South Park Saloon for an après-adventure beverage. This main drag stop has great beers and hearty comfort food.  The saloon has been a crowd pleaser for over two decades.

Alma History

Alma is packed with history from all the mining that’s taken place and the buildings made with local pine dating back to the 1870’s.  Your whole family will love learning about how the town started and where it’s popularity comes from .

Being one of the first gold mining towns, this place has one of the spine-chilling back stories.  Loathed with rumors of small-pox and dual stand offs, these tales are extremely intriguing.  In the past, the Alma Cemetery has offered tours which makes for a great place to get your heart pumping during a full moon walk, so keep a eye out for those excursions in the future.

Alma Events

Though there are events here and there year round in Alma, one of the most prominent is the Alma Festival in the Clouds.  After a tragedy in 1998, where the mayor of the town Willy Morrison was assassinated, the town put together a stage in his honor.  The Festival in the Clouds was started to help celebrate music, art, and growth of the children in the town, after what Willy Morrison visioned Alma to grow into.  The 21st festival will be held this year on July 20th – 22nd.

Be sure to shake things up and leave town the opposite direction in which you came. Route 9 over Hoosier Pass is gorgeous.  You will cross the Continental Divide and come across some breathtaking picture opportunities along the way.

Since Alma is located just 20 miles south of Breckenridge, it will be a perfect afternoon destination after a morning on the Blue River with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting!

 

*Featured image courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Best Sushi Stops in Breckenridge, Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/best-sushi-stops-in-breckenridge-colorado/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:42:16 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5340 Craving a good evening out for dinner?  If you’re a fan of sushi you should definitely add these Breckenridge, Colorado spots to your list for next night on the town. Mountain Flying Fish Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen   This classy little spot is on the south end of Main Street and is hands down one of the locals top picks.  Mountain Fly Fishing does ... Read More >>

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Craving a good evening out for dinner?  If you’re a fan of sushi you should definitely add these Breckenridge, Colorado spots to your list for next night on the town.

Mountain Flying Fish Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen  

This classy little spot is on the south end of Main Street and is hands down one of the locals top picks.  Mountain Fly Fishing does not take reservations, but if your group is small you won’t have to wait long to grab a table or a spot at the sushi bar.  A must try is their Ahi Tuna, and is flown in fresh daily from Hawaii. Chef Tetsuo Shimoda studied under master chefs in Japan prior to his twenty-years of experience in fine restaurants.  All the sauces used are his very own creations and made in a traditional manner.  This joint has a long list of nightly specials, giving you plenty of unique options every visit.  If you want dinner and a show, sit at the sushi bar and watch the incredible chefs prep your sushi rolls.

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro and Sushi Bar  

Bangkok Happy Bowl has been a crowd pleaser and local favorite since the doors opened in 2012.  It’s combination of sushi and Thai gives the whole family something to enjoy. With a menu that changes seasonally, you’ll never get bored.  Bangkok has live music occasionally along with a great happy hour.  Some of the favorites on the menu are the Pad Thai and the Purple Haze Sake. 

Asobi Teppanyaki 

If you’re in the mood for some hibachi paired with front row entertainment at the grill, head to Asobi Teppanyaki in Breckenridge.  The menu ranges from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, and Vietnamese.  Hit up Asobi for lunch specials if you’re on the hunt for a quick mid-day sushi fix.  When you order the lunch bento special, it comes with salad, a 4 piece California roll, egg roll, choice of entrée, and steamed rice.

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant 

Overlooked for it’s more discrete location on the west end of Main Street, this little restaurant still knows how to produce top notch Japanese cuisine.  Wasabi is a great spot to have a fabulous dinner at an exceptional price.  There’s an extensive list of sushi rolls and nigiri available at Wasabi, with a dish to suit everyone in your group.

Grab the crew or plan a family outing in Breckenridge and give one of these places a try – they won’t disappoint!  If you’re in the area during the warmer months of the year, you’ll love these stops after a day on Colorado’s famous whitewater rapids with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting.

 

*Featured image courtesy of Groupon.

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5 Beautiful Waterfall Hikes in Colorado https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/5-beautiful-waterfall-hikes-colorado/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:36:48 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5335 Spring is just around the corner here in the Rocky Mountains, and all that snow melt means rushing water falls.  It’s time to start planning for adventure once you finally pack up the ski gear in two months.  There are some amazing views out here, and not just from the top of the slopes.  Here are five beautiful waterfall hikes in Colorado. 1. ... Read More >>

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Spring is just around the corner here in the Rocky Mountains, and all that snow melt means rushing water falls.  It’s time to start planning for adventure once you finally pack up the ski gear in two months.  There are some amazing views out here, and not just from the top of the slopes.  Here are five beautiful waterfall hikes in Colorado.

1. Bridal Veil Falls, Telluride 

Staggering at a total height of 365 feet, this is the tallest free falling waterfall in Colorado.  This majestic waterfall is 10,279′ in elevation, and the elevation gain on this 4.9 miles hike is about 1,380 making it a nice moderate trail.  The trek to Bridal Veil Falls is picture perfect and very dog friendly.  The closer you get to the top, the more of the Hydroelectric power plant at the tip top will reveal itself.  The power plant is the second oldest AC generation facility in the country, as it was built in 1907 to supply the Smuggler’s Union Mine.  While this may be the turnaround point for some, the pretty basin encourages further hiking into Blue Lake and Lewis Lake and Mine.  

2. Seven Falls, Colorado Springs 

If you’re looking for steep, narrow canyons and stunning falls close to the Denver area, Seven Falls is a very popular destination.  Though it’ll cost you, the privately-owned tourist attraction is well worth it.  You’ll start with a 185-step climb to a view point called Eagles Nest, giving you a breathtaking view of the falls as well as South Cheyenne Canyon.  The next set of steps is a 224-step hike up the canyon to the top of the falls.  Fun fact about this gem: it’s the only waterfall in Colorado to make National Geographic’s list of international waterfalls.  

3. Rifle Falls, Rifle 

Head to western Colorado off of I-70 to Rifle Falls State Park, which highlights it’s triple 70 foot waterfall heading over a damn in the middle of the 48-acre park.  With only a handful of drive-in and walk-in campsites located at the park, if you plan to spend a few days here you’ll want to arrive early as spots are limited.

4. Alberta Falls, Estes Park  

With a distance of 1.6 miles and elevation gain of 219 feet, this family friendly hike is relatively easy.  The falls begins at 0.8 miles down the trail from the parking area.  Start your hike at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead located on Bear Lake Road in the Rocky Mountains.  This is a great historical hotspot to read up about before traveling.  Named after the original land owner Abner Sprague’s wife, Alberta, this land is filled with fun facts.  This beautiful rushing fall is definitely a must see! 

5. Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat 

Not only is Fish Creek Falls a beautiful site but its just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Make your way to this Northwest Colorado mountain town for a weekend of fun.  The lower falls trail is wheelchair accessible, making it a great time for people of any age and skill level!  To get to the base of the falls is not a long haul, but the more adventurous can make their way over the bridge and head up the more difficult trail to the top of the falls.

Want to ride down some waterfalls via raft?  Kidding, we aren’t that hardcore, but we do run some of the best whitewater rapids in Colorado.  Call Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting today to book your river adventure this year!  We run stretches of whitewater for all skill levels and ages, so you can decide if you’d like to enjoy a scenic float on the Upper Colorado River or take on some of the most difficult commercially rafted whitewater in Colorado on Pine Creek.

 

*Featured image courtesy of Charlie Dresen.

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Animal Shelters in Colorado’s High Country https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/2018/animal-shelters-colorados-high-country/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:25:17 +0000 https://www.breckenridgewhitewater.com/?p=5321 If there is anything mountain town dwellers love more than the lifestyle and scenery here is their pets.  Dogs are the perfect companion for all Colorado adventures, and cats are a furry friend to come home to after a long day of work.  Looking for a new sidekick?  Check out these awesome animal shelters in ... Read More >>

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If there is anything mountain town dwellers love more than the lifestyle and scenery here is their pets.  Dogs are the perfect companion for all Colorado adventures, and cats are a furry friend to come home to after a long day of work.  Looking for a new sidekick?  Check out these awesome animal shelters in Colorado’s high country and consider adopting your new friend!

Summit County Animal Control and Shelter | Frisco, Colorado

Located in Frisco, this animal shelter is serious about finding indefinite homes for their furry ones.  In order to get a pet, you’ll have to go through a lengthy application process.  You have to own or rent a permanent residence, be at least 18 years of age, and have a form of identification with you to verify age and current address.   Though there are fees for purchasing a pet here, they are nothing compared to “shopping” for a puppy or kitten from a breeder.  Expect to pay $110 for dogs, $125 for puppies, $90 for cats, and $105 for kittens.  These adoption fees include the cost of the microchip and initial chip registration, spay or neuter surgery, license fee for the first year, current rabies and distemper vaccination, as well as a veterinary health exam.  Summit County Animal Shelter’s commitment to promoting spaying and neutering of pets to prevent unwanted litters has made the county very successful at reducing the number of animals that end up in the shelter.  But, there is always a pet in serach of a home!  Check them out here.

Grand County Animal Shelter | Granby, Colorado

The Grand County Animal Shelter just north of Winter Park promotes public safety and animal care through sheltering, pet adoptions, education, and animal control.  All animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, with a rabies vaccine and county tags, and fees range from $30 to $75.  Similar to other animal shelters in Colorado, you must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid ID.  The Grand County Animal Shelter requires that if you are a renter, you must provide a letter of permission from the property owner allowing you to adopt and keep a pet on the premises.  Despite the steps required to adopt a pet, saving a life is a very rewarding experience that will provide years of fun and companionship.

Eagle Valley Humane Society | Eagle, Colorado

Vail Valley is home to another long-running shelter, the Eagle Valley Humane Society.  Established in 1974, this society has strived for over 40 years to address the needs of homeless animals in the Vail Valley and was one of the first to work toward animal control services.  Today, EVHS maintains a highly visible and respected role as the leader in outreach programs that serve both people and animals.  They offer many programs to the community as well as assist local law enforcement in animal cruelty investigations.  Eagle Valley Humane Society offers free spay and neuter programs for low-income residents as well as work with Mountain Mobile Veterinary services to provide free and low cost veterinary services to those who qualify.  This is an incredible step to help control the population of homeless animals in the Vail Valley and across the high country.

Adoption is the most beneficial way to acquire a new furry friend, and the reasons to adopt over purchasing from a pet store are endless! If you live in the high country and are looking to add a pet to your household, please visit your local animal shelter for some great adoption opportunities.

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