Regular rowing results in a stronger back and an increased ability to mimic the three-part harmony of the river's song. Practice natural arias with today's Groupon from Performance Tours. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get a half-day, class IV–V (advanced) trip to Royal Gorge (a $76 value, including park-usage fees and wetsuit rental) from the Cañon City location.
- For $30, you get a half-day, class III–IV (moderate) trip to Bighorn Canyon or Browns Canyon (a $62 value for adults, including park-usage fees and wetsuit rental) from the Buena Vista location.
- For $51, you get a full-day, class III–IV (moderate) trip to Browns Canyon (a $102 value for adults, including park-usage fees and wetsuit rental) from the Cañon City location.
- For $58, you get a full-day, class IV–V (advanced) trip to Royal Gorge (a $116 value, including park usage fees and wetsuit rental) from the Cañon City location.
Performance Tours escorts adventuresome raft-rowers on thrilling rides through the scenic vistas of Colorado waterways. The class IV+ half-day or full-day Royal Gorge trip takes daredevils age 16+ on a blood-tingling raft-ride through one thundering rapid after another, in challenges such as the Sledgehammer and the Wall Slammer. Riders can marvel at the view from the bottom of a 1,100-foot-deep gorge or aim spitballs at the underside of the world's highest suspension bridge.
A class III+ trip through Bighorn Canyon offers a more moderate ride, appropriate for rafters 7 years of age and older. After pushing off, oar pullers navigate through a stretch of the foamy Arkansas River, which includes three rocks, five points, and the sassy section known as Spike Buck, while scanning the canyon for a rare peek at Bighorn-sheep choir practice. Brown's Canyon plays host to a class III+ ride on the Arkansas River, offering paddle pushers thrilling oar-obstacles, with names such as Pinball and Zoomflume, which conspire with the scenic mountains and deserts to take rafters' breaths away. This ride is good for 7-year-olds and up
Rafters should arrive ready to row 30 minutes before tour time at the corresponding Performance Tours office, each of which offers ample space for resting land vehicles. Shuttles transport paddlers from the office to the departure point and back. Performance Tours supplies all rafting equipment, including a wetsuit, booties, and a dry bag to protect release forms for photographed wildlife. Rowers should wear clothing that dries quickly and bring a change of clothes. All Performance Tours offices offer changing rooms for soaked souls and superhero alter egos.
Surrounded by lush alpine scenery and rushing rivers banked by boulders, brush, and thicket, rafters ride the rapids during Performance Tours' half-day, full-day, and multi-day trips. The company requires their guides to complete training beyond the state's requirements, ensuring a crew with exceptional rafting prowess in addition to a special affinity for the Arkansas, Clear Creek, Blue, and Colorado Rivers. During tours, groups take in the scenery, spotting wildlife including bighorn sheep, while navigating river regions with names such as "Devil's Punchbowl". Now with more than 25 years' experience taming the bucking local waterways, the team can craft experiences ideal for families and rookie rafters, as well as the seasoned boater looking for a challenge and an impressive story to tell their salmon buddies.