Michael Watson

This Wis-kaaahn-sinite sports his accent like a badge of honor. Claims to be lactose intolerant but is frequently seen at the grocery store buying cheese in bulk. If you ever find yourself on his raft, don’t be surprised if he cuts the cheese. 

Colorado Horseback Riding and the Benefits of Trail Riding

Colorado is the land of majestic mountains and pristine forests. What better way to enjoy these natural wonders than on horseback? Trail riding is a great way to experience the beauty of Colorado while getting some exercise at the same time. Horses are sure-footed creatures so they can navigate rough terrain with ease. Riding alongside other people who enjoy the scenery is a wonderful experience that cannot be replaced by driving through the area. The Beauty of Colorado Horseback Riding The Colorado landscape is a natural playground for horseback riding. Miles and miles of trails offer a variety of terrains … continued

Family Reunions & Rafting Go Hand-in-Hand

As we start to head into the warmer months, our minds start to think more about the wild outdoors. It’s also a time when many families come together, taking advantage of outdoor activities and long warm days. Planning Your Family Reunion If you are planning a family reunion, you’ll want to make sure that white water rafting is on the top of your list of options. Everyone loves a good adventure, and rafting offers an excellent mix of outdoor fun and scenery, with a bit of adrenalin. Okay, sometimes there is more than just a bit of adrenalin, but what … continued

Whitewater Rafting Weddings: A New Kind of Adventure Wedding

Weddings are supposed to be an exciting time full of making memories and creating long-lasting happiness. Whitewater rafting is the perfect way to do this. Whitewater rafting is an extremely fun, exciting, and extraordinary experience that you will never forget. It is destined to stick with both you and your wedding guests for the rest of your lives. We provide one of the most unique and pulse-racing river experiences for your wedding party. Floating throughout a stunning rock-walled canyon with the greatest people in your life is an experience that you will always remember. We’ll ensure that your wedding is … continued

Things To Do in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is roughly the same altitude as Denver, meaning spring comes earlier than in other neighboring areas. So, while surrounding mountainous towns are still covered with snow, Glenwood’s snowpack is thawing. In turn, this allows tourists and outdoor enthusiasts to participate in adventure-filled activities sooner than in other areas. Thanks to its numerous hot springs and spectacular canyon, the little town of Glenwood Springs has something fun for everyone to do. Some of these activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, ATV tours, standup paddle boarding, renting bikes, and escape rooms. After a busy day full of activities, you will enjoy … continued

The Best Places In America To Go Whitewater Rafting

The first attempt at whitewater rafting happened in 1811 at the Snake River in Wyoming. Present-day whitewater rafting can be traced back to 1842. Horace Day and John Freemont created the first rubber raft and traversed the Platte River in Colorado. Over the years, whitewater rafting has become a significant pass-time activity for many people. Additionally, the masses have taken up white water rafting as a popular sport. Whitewater rafting became an Olympic sport in the 1972 Munich Olympics. This write-up will look at the best places in America to go whitewater rafting. The Arkansas River The Arkansas River is … continued

Ten Tips For Whitewater Rafting Beginners

White water rafting is an exhilarating adventure that entails a guided rafting trip down the river with distinguished levels of difficulty. However, the Class I and II rapids are ideal for beginners that want to try out whitewater rafting. The following ten tips will get you ready for your first thrilling whitewater rafting adventure, where you will have a memorable opportunity to socialize, exercise and bond with Mother Nature. 1. Pick an expert Licensed Whitewater Rafting Company This is crucial to having a worthwhile whitewater rafting experience, as it will ensure your safety during the adventure. Go for a company … continued

ATV Tours In Glenwood Canyon

ATV Tours: A Great Way to Experience The Outdoors If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, consider going on a guided ATV tour. ATV tours are a great way to explore the mountains and countryside, as they provide a unique perspective on the natural world.  ATV tours offer unique perspectives on nature and provide an exciting, fun adventure for all ages.  What to expect with ATV Tours Before booking an ATV tour, it’s essential to understand what to expect. Here are some things you should know: You’ll be riding in a group Guided ATV tours are all about finding the … continued

Guided Horseback Riding Tours

Guided Horseback Riding There’s no better way to experience Colorado’s natural beauty than on horseback. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, there’s a Guided Horseback Riding tour for you. These tours are the perfect way to see the mountains and enjoy outdoor adventure. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your cowboy hat and saddle up! Here are some of the things you get to enjoy from Guided Horseback Riding The Views The views from horseback are unbeatable. You’ll get to see the beauty of the Colorado Rockies up close and personal. The trails will take you through … continued

Colorado Vacation Ideas

Colorado Vacation Ideas for the Adventurous Traveler  Colorado is a state that offers color and adventure for all tastes. Vacations in Colorado can be as active or relaxing as you desire, from whitewater rafting to horseback riding, from ATV tours to mountain bike rentals. Colorado has something to offer no matter your idea of the perfect vacation. One great way to enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty is by going on a horseback riding tour. You can choose a tour that takes you through the mountains or one that takes you through smoother trails along green grassy fields. Horseback riding is a … continued

Trails Near Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is a scenic place for hiking and biking. It seems all trails near Glenwood Springs lead to beautiful vistas and views. It’s not uncommon to find yourself at the top of a trail staring down at the Colorado River or south to Mt. Sopris. Two trails that accomplish this are the Boy Scout trail and the Glenwood Canyon overlook trail. The Boy Scout trail is accessible to both hikers and bikers. It begins at the eastern end of 8th street and from there is a steep singletrack climb. While many do ride it this way as an out- … continued

Take your adventure to Sunlight Mountain

If you’re adventuring in Glenwood Springs this winter, make sure to spend a day (or more) at Glenwood’s Sunlight Mountain Resort. Nestled up a winding road about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Glenwood, this Colorado Gem offers much more than you might expect. Sunlight Mountain is an “old school” resort. It doesn’t have any detachable quads. It doesn’t have any mid-mountain restaurants. Instead it has low lift ticket prices, a family feel, and a surprisingly varied terrain. It has one of the longest green runs around and also one of the steepest lift-accessed runs too. If you’re a beginning skier … continued

First Snowboard Trip Checklist

Your first snowboard trip can be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. The anticipation of trying a new and immensely fun activity should not be diminished by your potential anxiousness. Taking some time to make sure you are ready for everything will guarantee that your first time snowboarding will be a great experience and leave you wanting more. This checklist for your first snowboard trip will ensure that you are prepared to go snowboarding. Remember, despite this being a numerical list, all of the items are equally important. Also of note, although many of these items can be … continued

Five cool things to look out for on our Roaring Fork River trip:

If you’ve visited any Colorado town from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, you’ve probably spotted parts of the Roaring Fork River. Just over 70 miles long, it drops over 6,000 feet in elevation and is a hot commodity among fishermen, standup paddle boarders and rafters. There’s a few reasons why this trip is one of the most popular bookings for Glenwood Adventure Company, even into the late season. What makes it so unique from our Colorado River trip? Here’s some things you’re likely to spot when joining us on the Roaring Fork: Mount Sopris. At 12,953 feet, this iconic peak looms … continued

Whitewater Rafting: The Ultimate Family Getaway

08/05/16 Somehow it’s August already, and you know what that means: back to school for the kiddos (and some adults). In the chaos of school supply shopping and bracing yourself for the last few weeks of summer, it can be difficult planning last minute family trips. What’s something that will pacify your seven-year-old’s energy, entertain your 60-year-old father, and will still be cool enough for your high school senior? More importantly, what’s something that will be nice to your wallet? How about….(c’mon you know it’s coming)….whitewater rafting!!! If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since being a guide, it’s that families thrive … continued

Team-building on the River and Paragliding Over Glenwood

7/18/16 There’s something spectacular about running off of a cliff without plummeting to your doom. The first time I tried paragliding about two years ago, I couldn’t blink. I think it must have been like the time I got a toy kitchen for Christmas when I was five—complete shock, then awe, then never, ever wanting to walk away from it. Five minutes in the air was simply not enough, and I knew I’d have to do it again. When I found out Glenwood Adventure Company offers booking for Adventure Paragliding, I immediately scratched another trip onto my summer bucket list. … continued

Playtime for Guides at Glenwood Adventure Company

7/10/16 For many jobs, work and play time are separated. You know when you work, and you know when you play. Lately at GAC, I haven’t been able to tell a difference. First off, we’ve begun commercially running the adrenaline-filled class III-IV Shoshone rapids through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon. With the water level dropping, we’re able to raft more of the Colorado while still offering relaxing and scenic trips on the Roaring Fork River. On the Colorado River, there’s nothing better than getting to shriek commands to a group of people you’ve just met while immediately maneuvering yourself through 20 minutes of … continued

Rafting, hiking and camping with the Scouts

06/27/16 “My water bottle, my water bottle! Somebody, GRAB IT!” My week began with a mouthful of river water, a paddle crack to the back of the head, and a pirate ship full of eight Boy Scouts. On a beautiful day in a calm section of the Roaring Fork River, I was peacefully guiding a crew of eight- to thirteen-year-olds and preparing myself for a class III section of rapids ahead. A moment later I was ambushed by three pairs of hands from an enemy ship and dumped sideways into the water, where my head became a floating golf ball … continued

Paddle Tan Lines and Dirt Mustaches

It’s official: after two weeks of nonstop shivering, vicious sunburn and dodging giant rocks, trees and suck-holes, I am now a certified whitewater raft guide! After taking a week to visit family and friends back on the east coast, I returned to complete my check-out run and guide my first trips. It was definitely a bit nerve-wracking jumping into the heat of things after a week off, but the senior guides did a great job of loosening the tension, mostly by making fun of me. Or by making me do 10 push-ups every time I said the word “mine” (for … continued

Another Week of Adventures for the Raft Rookies

Glenwood Adventure Company’s (GAC) raft rookies just finished week two of training and are even more excited to be part of the GAC team! This past week, we explored more of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, as well as the Lower Eagle River and Arkansas River. We also had a seventh member join the rookie team—all the way from Ireland! Meet Fionn, 21, from Dublin, who found out about GAC through his uncle while looking for an outdoor summer job. He’s currently studying engineering in Ireland, hoping to one day be a biomedical engineer and work with prosthetics. He … continued