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Why Performance Tours

Voted Best Rafting Company 12 Times

600,000 Satisfied Guests Since 1986

Unsurpassed Safety Record Since 1986

Under the Same Ownership Since 1986

Why Choose Performance Tours Rafting

We know you have a choice when it comes to selecting your Colorado whitewater rafting outfitter and we appreciate the opportunity to have you join us on the river. Performance Tours Rafting began in 1986 with Kevin and Mary Jo Foley in Breckenridge, CO. To this day, Kevin and Mary Jo can be seen running day-to-day operations in one of our five offices and escaping to the river as often as possible. As much as we have grown since 1986, a few things will never change; Our dedication to safety, pride in our crew and our love for the river. Our guests are some of the happiest and most satisfied on the river. See what they have to say on TripAdvisor.
Safety is our #1 Priority. 
All raft guides go through a rigorous state-required guide certification program. Performance Tours exceeds the State of Colorado’s requirements for guides by doubling the minimum number of training hours.

“Everyone there from reservations to the guides, to the bus drivers and other staff was a pleasure to work with and guest safety is their number one priority.” – Emily, June 2016

Outstanding Customer Service. From the reservation to the river, our crew will guide you through the whitewater experience. Performance Tours guides and staff are willing to put in the extra effort to make sure you have the best whitewater rafting experience possible. We want you to love the river as much as we do.

“Rafting on both the Arkansas and Blue rivers in past 2 years has been great in every way!! From reasonable pricing to the caring and courteous staff, it couldn’t be better.” – T, May 2016

Experience does make a difference, and after 3+ decades of bringing more than 575,000 guests down the river, we certainly have proven that. Our guides are experts at reading the rivers and reservation staff know the answers to your questions. Performance Tours knows how to deliver the ultimate whitewater adventure.

“The experience was amazing! The scenery was beautiful, the water was exhilarating and our guide was one of the best I’ve ever had. We went from more scenic float areas, to narrow, rapid-filled sections and felt safe the entire time.” – Tim, June 2016

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Choosing Performance Tours – At a Glance


  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award every year for several years running
  • 5 out 5 stars every year – the highest possible rating
  • Business of The Year recipient for outstanding guest service
  • Voted Best Rafting Company 11 times


  • Under the same ownership since 1986… Experience makes a difference
  • An emphasis on safety resulting in an unsurpassed safety record since 1986
  • 600,000 satisfied guests
  • The pride of our company is our guide crew and staff that are extremely dedicated and experienced

Facilities & Gear

  • State of the art facility in Buena Vista with changing rooms, retail, souvenirs, & photos of your trip 
  • All gear (wetsuits and booties) thoroughly cleaned after each use
  • Convenient locations in Buena Vista, Breckenridge, Frisco, Canon City and Clear Creek