The outdoors enthusiasts at Rock-N-Row lead rafting trips beneath the 1,100-foot walls of Royal Gorge and fly-fishing excursions in Bighorn Sheep Canyon so visitors of all fitness levels can experience the playground that is Colorado. In addition to rafting and fishing, Rock-N-Row's team plans outings that range from trail riding through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to rock climbing. Organizers also coordinate adventure combos to pack in more awe-inspiring moments and opportunities to show off extreme knot-tying skills. Seeing to clients' safety, Rock-N-Row's guides run daily equipment checks, and also claim certifications in CPR and first aid.
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Bear Basin Packtrips provides a gateway to the area’s best outdoor adventures. Horseback riding, guided elk hunting, fly-fishing excursions, and whitewater rafting are everyday options. Trips depart from their working ranch, a still-serviceable relic from the 1890s. For more adventurous riders, pack trips on horseback help visitors get up close and personal with the mountains. Two-, three-, and even five-day trips offer those of all experience levels the chance to feel like a modern-day cowboy riding as many as six or seven hours a day in search of spectacular views.
Stretches of the Arkansas River churn differently as it snakes northwestward through the Rockies. There are Class I rapids throughout, Class III rapids at Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and turbulent Class V rapids at Pine Creek. The experienced guides from Browns Canyon Rafting lead half-day voyages through them all. On overnight trips, they also prepare meals for guests in addition to traversing the waters and reenacting scenes from Mutiny on the Bounty. For solo sailing, the company offers kayak and paddleboard rentals.
Endorsed by Orvis as a fly-fishing outfitter, Angler's Covey boasts more than 5,000 square feet of products to equip piscators and fisherpeople with the tools needed to reel in river-dwellers. Step into the lodge-looking shop and navigate racks of rods and reels resting atop a floor painted to resemble a winding stream. Angler's Covey carries more than 80 different fly-rod models ($59.99+) from some of the industry's top pole producers—try your new rod or fulfill A River Runs Through It–fueled fantasies in the shop's casting ponds, located just outside of the store. The shop also stocks an impressive collection of flies and ties, along with nets, lines, and other fly-fishing goods.
Manned by a staff of well-equipped veteran fly-fishing experts, Rocky Mountain Flyfishing Guides offers both full-day and half-day fly-fishing trips. Guides lead anglers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, for a chance at the grand slam: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, and brook trout, all viewed and fished in a single trip. The mountainous landscapes, seen from the South Platte River, Clear Creek Canyon, Blue River, and Bear Creek, surround fishermen in dramatic scenery, including towering pine trees, giant red rocks, and bright-blue skies. In addition to guided trips, the staff also leads classes for all experience levels, including courses designed for women and families, on the South Platte River.
Having plumbed the waters of New York, Michigan, Minnesota, and Colorado during their respective childhoods, the guides of 5280 Angler know that fly-fishing is a sport of personal preferences. They practice catch-and-release, and they don't schedule cookie-cutter trips?instead, they consult with their clients to gauge their skills, ambitions, and ability to hold something slimy without making a face. They then organize fly-fishing excursions that would best challenge and entertain their charges, scouting through public waters for choice wading locales such as South Platte River Valley, which accommodates fishers of all experience levels with prime casting spots. Full-day trips also include an onsite lunch, often prepared picnic-style along burbling banks and scenic mountains.