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Chama House

Arkansas river, colorado

The Arkansas River in Chaffee County Colorado is one of the worlds top destinations for whitewater boating. Offering everything from gentle class II floats in Gold Medal fishing waters to the classic class III rapids of Browns Canyon and the more stout class IV runs of The Numbers and Royal Gorge, it's no wonder that the beautiful Arkansas is such a sought after river. Conveniently located just two and a half hours from the Front Range (Denver/ Colorado Springs area,) the Ark is the perfect place to learn, practice and hone whitewater skills. The varying sections offer progressive challenges for everyone, from the new whitewater enthusiast to the seasoned boater looking to step up their game.


rio chama, New mexico

The Rio Chama in northern New Mexico is one of the West's most precious hidden gems. This thirty one mile stretch of river winds through towering sandstone cliffs, reaching upwards of 1,500 feet, and striped in bands of golds and purples, or deep rust dripped in dark desert varnish. This, is Georgia O'Keef country, the landscape from which she drew her inspiration, painted her beloved works of art, and spent her life. As a classic desert river, the Rio Chama also boasts shady camps beneath juniper forests, and lush riparian zones. A twenty five mile section of the run is a officially protected as the 'Chama River Canyon Wilderness,' and was also designated as a 'National Wild and Scenic River' by Congress in 1988. The run it's self is a lovely class II-III river, with the biggest rapids in the last eight miles. It offers the perfect opportunity for learning new skills, and then provides the challenge of applying them. Breathtaking scenery along with the ideal river classroom, makes the Rio Chama the perfect place to learn and practice basic whitewater skills.

CRI Rescue Rope


Canyon River Instruction offers ACA skill based guide schools for outfitters needing to train new guides. In utilizing CRI to run your guide school, you not only free up your early season guides to be running the early season trips that you need them for, you also ensure that your new guides have a solid foundation of necessary paddling skills that build upon step by step essentials of paddling, maneuvering, reading water and river safety. CRI works with your prospective guides to give them a solid foundation of important whitewater skills, and gets them to a place where they can pursue their continuing education with your usual staff during a normal day on the water. Having ACA trained guides gives your company an upper hand in both guide quality and consistency, as well as having the trusted name of the ACA associated with your company.