Performance Tours Brochure and Rafting Maps Colorado

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Jul 7, 2013 2 Comments ›› kevinmastin

Rafting Maps of the Colorado River, Arkansas River, Blue River and Clear Creek

The summer of 2013 turned out to be a great year for rafting. After a couple of lean snow years, we had a very long and snowy spring which led to a very good season for our friends at Performance Tours.

Performance Tours Rafting Maps

Performance Tours Brochure with Rafting Maps

2010 was a pretty rough year for rafting and competition amongst rafting companies was swelling. Kevin and Mary Jo Foley of Performance Tours turned to us to upgrade their brochure and to add some “animation” to the printed version of their rafting trips and to create some excitement.

This project was a lot of fun for me. Although I’m not really a big “water-sports guy,” I have rafted many of these sections of river. I’ve lived at the headwaters of these rivers most of my life; the terrain was familiar and is was a blast to illustrate them.

 

Colorado Rafting Map

We started with an overview map which shows the major rivers with some basic driving references.
Rafting Maps, Colorado

Rafting Maps, Colorado

 

Granite to Buena Vista

I was raised in Leadville, the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Just after Granite is a stretch called “The Numbers,” a section of class IV – V rapids.

Rafting Maps The Numbers, Arkansas River, Colorado

Rafting Maps The Numbers, Arkansas River, Colorado

Browns Canyon from Buena Vista to Salida

This is the most popular section of whitewater rafting in Colorado.

(The surest way to be pegged as a tourist is to mispronounce Buena Vista. The old-timers pronounce their town as “byoo-nuh vis-tuh” as in beautiful, or simply “byoonie.”)

Rafting Maps Browns Canyon, Arkansas River, Colorado

Rafting Maps Browns Canyon, Arkansas River, Colorado

 

Bighorn Canyon from Salida to Cañon City

(Again, don’t get caught using the traditional Spanish pronunciation—it’s “suh-LYE-duh.” If you are interested in more toponymy check out this site Say it like a Colorado Native.)

Rafting Maps Bighorn Canyon, Arkansas River, Colorado

Rafting Maps Bighorn Canyon, Arkansas River, Colorado

Under the Royal Gorge suspension bridge to Cañon City

This is a very beautiful gorge with class IV+ rapids. By the way, Cañon City is a fun place to visit:  great hiking, biking, jeep roads to Cripple Creek, the Territorial Prison Tour, Dinosaur Depot, and friend of ours own the Royal Gorge Route Railroad which runs the length of the gorge—definitely worth it!

Rafting Maps Royal Gorge, Cañon City, Colorado

Rafting Maps Royal Gorge, Cañon City, Colorado

Clear Creek through Idaho Springs

This is also a very popular stretch of river, just minutes west of Denver.

Rafting Maps Clear Creek, Idaho Springs, Colorado

Rafting Maps Clear Creek, Idaho Springs, Colorado

Lower Blue River in Summit County

I currently reside on the Blue River, just above the Columbine Landing bridge. The Blue River then flows north of us to Green Mountain reservoir, then to Kremmling where it flows into the Colorado River.

Rafting Maps Blue River, Colorado

Rafting Maps Blue River, Colorado

The Upper Colorado River Rafting Map

My first rafting trip was on this section in 1976 while attending Anderson Camp just outside of Dotsero. I remember it well, as I had broken my leg that winter and I was able to raft in a long, waterproof cast.

Rafting Maps Upper Colorado River

Rafting Maps Upper Colorado River

Anatomy of a Rafter

Last, we ended the brochure with this little guy:

Anatomy of Whitewater Rafter Cartoon

Anatomy of Whitewater Rafter Cartoon

Yes, I know I’m bragging about one of my clients. But Performance Tours have been running these stretches for 27 years, they really are pros!

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Comments

  1. Brad jasicki says:

    I love your upper colorado map.
    How can I purchase a few for the wall?

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