Beginner inflatable kayak trips in Salida, Colorado
Kayak the Arkansas River
Inflatable kayaking is a unique way to experience Colorado’s Upper Arkansas River. Let one of our river guides show you how to sit, paddle and navigate the river in a kayak. This mild whitewater tour starts seven miles up river from Downtown Salida, Colorado at the Big Bend Recreation Site. There are some class II-III rapids, but there is plenty of flat water to practice in between rapids.
Minimum age 3 (depending on flows)
Departs from the Salida Adventure Hub
This inflatable kayak tour is provided by River Runners, which has an outpost in the Salida Adventure Hub in Downtown. Take out at the Salida Boat Ramp and walk back to the outpost to view photos.
When is the best time to Stand Up Paddle Board the Arkansas River?
The Salida Town Run offers the best SUP board experience during summer and fall. In high water years this section is more than just a float trip during peak runoff, but is still appropriate for younger families.
What to bring on your Salida Town Run raft trip
PFDs, helmets, paddles, splash gear, first aid, and all other safety equipment is included with the price of your Salida Town Run rafting trip. You may also want to bring base layers (such as polypro or other quick-dry fabrics), sun glasses (straps sold at River Runners), sun block, water bottle, and board shorts.