Celebrate Earth Day on the River

Celebrate Earth Day in Colorado

Earth Day is an annual celebration to demonstrate support for environmental protection and advocacy around the world. The very first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 as a grassroots movement to raise public support and awareness for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The idea for Earth Day was originally proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was inspired to create a day of awareness and service after witnessing damage from the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. By the end of 1970, Earth Day had led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

“On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.” – Earthday.org

As a locally owned whitewater rafting company, our livelihood depends on protecting and preserving Colorado’s beautiful rivers. As residents of Summit County, our happiness is also reliant on the health of the natural world. Whether we’re skinning up Baldy Mountain in our backyard or loading up a boat of guests on the Arkansas River, we are a company committed to protecting the environment. That’s why we put together this list of a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day in Colorado!

  1. Go Outside! – The best way to feel connected with the earth is to get outside and experience it! Plan a big hike, go for a bike ride, an outdoor picnic or take the dog for an extra long walk. We recommend spending time beside or on the river to truly “submerge” yourself in nature. 😉
  2. Make your 2017 Colorado Adventure Bucket List – April is a great time to start planning your summer adventures. Sit down with your friends and family and make a list of the outdoor activities you must do this year. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to go whitewater rafting on the Royal Gorge or maybe it’s time for you to go horseback riding along the Colorado River! Pick 5 things to put on your Colorado bucket list and make them happen this year!
  3. Plant seeds! Green up the world around you by planting on Earth Day. Did you know that over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide? Whether you start a vegetable garden from or plant a tree, the earth and your community will thank you.
  4. Town Clean Up Day  Almost every town holds an annual clean-up day. In Colorado, most of these days are held in the spring time, once the snow has melted. Performance Tours has been a family owned Breckenridge rafting company since 1986, and will be participating in the Breckenridge Town Clean Up on May 20. If you’re in the Buena Vista area, join the Buena Vista River Park Clean Up Day on Sunday, April 30 from 12:30 – 2:30pm.

Voted Best Rafting Company in Summit County

Best Rafting Company in Breckenridge, Best Rafting Company

Best Rafting Company Summit County

Voted Best Rafting Company in Summit County!

2016 was a BIG year for Performance Tours Rafting. We celebrated our 30th season of whitewater rafting in Breckenridge, threw a fun “Dirty 30” 80’s themed anniversary celebration, and to top it all off, we were voted the Best Rafting Company in Summit County by readers of the Summit Daily.

As we embark on our 31st year in business, we wanted to take a moment to thank the many people who voted for us, and the MANY guests we have brought down the river over the last 3 decades. We are grateful to live in such a  wonderful community that supports local businesses and recognizes high quality customer service.

Check out the “Best of Summit” winners in the Outdoor category here!

We are thankful for our wonderful community, staff and guests. Thanks again for voting Performance Tours Rafting the Best Rafting Company” in Summit County.


One Last Splash Rafting Giveaway

One Last Splash Rafting Giveaway

Performance Tours Rafting has partnered with the Outlets at Silverthorne for the One Last Splash Rafting Giveaway. Celebrate summer with #OneLastSplash and register to win a half day Browns Canyon family whitewater rafting for four. Participants can register to win at the Colorado Welcome Center at Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne, and no purchase is necessary. The winner will be chosen on August 15th and guests can choose to redeem their prize anytime during the remainder of the 2016 season or summer 2017. Only one entry will be allowed per person. You can also enter to win at the Silverthorne Outlets Event in the Blue Village Courtyard on August 14th.

Rafting Browns Canyon

5 Things To Know About Rafting Browns Canyon

rafting browns canyon

  1. princetonBrowns Canyon was designated a National Monument on February 19, 2015.  The bill includes 22,000 acres of federal and state managed public lands in Chaffee County. In addition to being a premiere destination for whitewater enthusiasts, Browns Canyon is the home to a unique ecosystem providing stable habitats for fish and local Colorado wildlife, some of which can be occasionally seen while rafting through the canyon! Interested in learning more about Browns Canyon National Monument? Check out the Friends of Browns Canyon website.
  2. Wildlife Galore! Many lucky guests have been able to see local wildlife in their natural habitat, along the banks of the Arkansas River. Some of the most common animals seen while rafting Browns Canyon are Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Elk, Black Bears, Birds, and aquatic birds like ducks. Browns Canyon is home to many types of species. Read more about local wildlife in this National Wildlife Federation blog post.
  3. 1552Wonderful Whitewater! It’s no secret that Browns Canyon is one of the most popular whitewater rafting areas in the country. Perhaps this is because of the perfect balance of classic Colorado scenery and continuous class 3+ rapids like Canyon Doors, Pinball, Zoom Flume, Widowmaker, Seidel’s Suck Hole and more.
  4. Ideal climate and amazing summer weather! Weather in Colorado isn’t always the most consistent. In fact, many locals say if you don’t like the weather, wait – or drive – 15 minutes away until you do! The average summer temperature in Buena Vista, CO is in the mid 80’s, which is usually 10-15 degrees warmer than popular summer destinations in Summit County. On the contrary, Buena Vista is 10-15 degrees cooler than front range cities like Denver and Boulder. It’s the perfect weather for whitewater rafting and other summer
    recreational activities.
  5. A delightful drive – Make a mini-road trip out of it! The drive to
    Buena vista is one of the most beautiful in Colorado. Whether you are coming from Summit County (1 hour and 20 minutes) or from Denver (2 hr+) you are in for a real treat. Sprawling landscape and high mountain rafting browns canyonpeaks decorate the horizon, with opportunities to stop and experience Colorado mountain towns like Fairplay and Alma (South Park!). If you’re coming from Summit County, we recommend making a day of it and opting for the Breckenridge, Buena Vista, Leadville loop. Part of the drive from Buena Vista to Leadville is even a scenic byway (Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway) that brings you past Colorado highest peak, Mt. Elbert and into Leadville – an interesting mountain town sitting at 10,200′ elevation with a colorful mining history.

Breckenridge Activities

Additional Breckenridge Activities

This time of year we tend to get wrapped up on the river and often forget about the many amazing additional Breckenridge activities that are out there. We know there’s more to summertime than whitewater rafting, and many of our guests ask our guides and staff about other activity options in Summit County. Here is a short list of additional Breckenridge activities for your and your group to enjoy while vacationing in Summit County!


  1. Wildflower Hikes – Ask any local what their favorite local wildflower hike is and your bound to get a different answer each time! That’s because there’s a variety options for all levels and abilities, from easy-peasy to challenging summits. A few worth mentioning: Hoosier Pass, Mohawk Lakes, French Gulch, Baldy Mountain and Boreas Pass (see #3).
  2. Bike Rentals – Endless options for bike rentals might leave your head spinning, but take a deep breath and consider your activity goal. Are you looking to take in scenery on a mellow, downhill ride? Try the Vail Pass bike shuttle that drops you at the top of Vail Pass to travel 100% downhill through breathtaking scenery. Looking for more of an adrenaline rush? Try renting a mountain bike from one of the local shops and explore the unlimited, maintained trail system! Pro Tip – Use the Breckenridge Free Ride bus system to do shuttle laps on Baldy Mountain and Boreas Pass.
  3. Boreas Pass Drive – Amazing views follow this dirt road from Breckenridge to Como. The road follows the old South Park and Pacific Railroad bed. It climbs past Bakers Tank to the summit of Boreas Pass at the Continental Divide and then continues down the other side of Boreas Pass for another 10.4 miles to the town of Como in Park County. Check this out for amazing wildflowers in the summer and unbelievable fall foliage in autumn. 
  4. Brewery & Distillery Visits – Every once in a while it’s important to take the time to stop and smell the… whiskey! Breckenridge is home to the worlds highest Distillery, boasting award winning bourbon and delicious vodka made from Rocky Mountain snowmelt. Broken Compass is one of our favorite local breweries, located off the beaten path on Airport Rd (right near the distillery!) where a beer sampling is always an excellent idea. Make sure to try the coconut porter.
  5. Breckenridge Recreation Center – The Breck Rec Center has excellent facilities open to locals and visitors alike. Pools, saunas, steam rooms, tennis courts, indoor climbing wall, skate park and more. Check out their website for a list of group fitness classes and youth programs.
  6. Historic Tours – Take a walking tour through the Breckenridge Historical District, telling stories of ghosts, mining days, old society and more. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a variety of tours from Mining tours, gold panning, ghost stories and more.

Breckenridge Rafting Adventures

Breckenridge Rafting Trips

Chances are you’ve probably discovered the endless list of summer activities offered in Breckenridge. You’ve done your research, and checked out so many companies on TripAdvisor and YELP that they might be blending together. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a list of the most popular Breckenridge rafting trips and a few tips and tricks to help you plan your next whitewater adventure.

Popular Breckenridge Rafting Trips

Browns Canyon 3/4 DayBreckenridge Rafting

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we whisk you away from Summit County and bring you to beautiful Buena Vista for America’s most popular whitewater rafting trip! This trip includes lunch, rafting in Browns Canyon and transportation from Summit County. Browns Canyon is an exciting class III+ whitewater adventure on the Arkansas River. $102 Adult/ $92 Child

Browns Canyon 1/2 DayBreckenridge Rafting

Browns Canyon is Colorado’s most recently designated National Monument, and for good reason! Experience this national treasure from the banks of the Arkansas River as you navigate through class III+ rapids with some of Colorado’s most experienced whitewater rafting guides. This wet & wild adventure is perfect for first-timers and seasoned rafters alike and is a very popular trip for families. $64 Adult/ $54 Child

Browns Canyon Full Day

Breckenridge Rafting

Colorado’s most popular full day rafting trip on the Arkansas River. Your adventure begins beneath the Collegiate Peaks and takes you through Browns Canyon National Monument where you’ll encounter exciting rapids such as Pinball, Zoomflume, Big Drop, Staircase and Devil’s Punchbowl, before blasting through the infamous Seidel’s Suckhole. This trip includes lunch and transportation may be provided for an additional charge. Please call our office to confirm availability. 

Blue River Half DayBreckenridge Rafting

Located just 15 minutes from Breckenridge, the Blue River is the perfect moderate level, class II-III Breckenridge rafting adventure. Paddling the Blue River you will find a balance of serene alpine scenery surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and fast paced whitewater. An excellent options for families. Please call to confirm availability for the early – mid season trip. $64 Adult/ $59 Child


Tips & tricks for booking your Breckenridge Rafting Trip

  1. Talk to your group to get a feel for everyone’s abilities and comfort levels. We have trips for every level and want to make sure each and every guest walks away happy.
  2. Check out our trip comparison chart to see the full list of trips with information like “class/ difficulty”, “Number of hours on the river”, “Age restrictions” and more.
  3. We’ll provide a wet suit, splash jacket & booties if you desire for an extra fee but make sure to wear quick drying clothing (swimsuit/shorts), protective footwear like water shoes (with straps!) or sneakers you don’t mind getting wet. Stay away from cotton!
  4. Bring a hat, sunglasses with straps, sunblock, a water bottle, and extra cash to tip your whitewater guide!
  5. Give us a call if you have any questions. Our friendly reservation staff has all the answers! 800.328.7238

Best Lunch on the River!

Best lunch on the riverNothing makes you hungrier than a day of paddling on the river! Guest joining us for a full day whitewater rafting adventure, which includes a riverside lunch or the Summit Deluxe 3/4 day trip dining at our Buena Vista outpost, will be delighted to see our popular lunch menu. Load up on a buffet style of fresh deli meats, veggies, cheeses, choices of breads and wraps, condiments, fruits, chips, salsa, guacamole and even cookies for desert. 

Dietary restrictions are not a problem with Performance Tours! Our considerate staff is able to accommodate dietary restrictions within a days notice.

Gluten free grandma? We’ll provide GF bread!

Mother is a vegetarian? We’ve got plenty of veggie options for mom.

Cousin is a carnivore? Extra meat for cuz!

Little sister is a vegan? Avocado is a must.

Your friend only eats fish? How about tuna salad?

Whatever your dietary restrictions are, make sure to give our office a call to confirm availability and give us a chance to accommodate you and your group – 1.800.328.7238.

Food is a crucial element of any experience, and the folks at Performance Tours Rafting understand that. Don’t just take it from us, check out some of our reviews on TripAdvisor below.

“PT provides an amazing spread for lunch if you take advantage of the full day trip, 100% worth it. I’ve been using PT for the past 3 years now, and wouldn’t book with any other company.” – Justin, Aurora, CO

Worth mentioning, our lunch was a fantastic spread. The food was refreshing, plentiful and delicious (I’ve been on other tours where soggy bologna was our only option).” – Ed, Omaha, NE

All the rafts stopped for lunch at a spot called Big Drop and all the guides quickly set up tables and began preparing an amazing lunch! Meats, veggies, cheeses, choices of breads and wraps, fruits, chips, cookies (even Circus Cookies picked by MB!!) ~ a full spread and enough to fill up everyone ~ We all got to sit and relax and visit and then they got everything packed back up, cleaned up the area, and we all got back to paddling.” – Les, New York, NY



Browns Canyon Family Rafting

Browns Canyon Family Rafting

Browns Canyon Family Rafting

Everyone is smiling in this boat! Browns Canyon Whitewater Rafting means fun for the whole family. Recommended minimum age is 7 years old and at least 50 pounds. Exceptions are made when the water levels subside, and we raise minimum ages when we are experiencing above average water levels. 

Full Day and Half Day trips available from Buena Vista, CO. 800.328.7238 to book your whitewater rafting trip!


One Breckenridge Service Award Winner

Breckenridge Service Award Winner: Sam Stuber

Breckenridge service award

Our very own Sam Stuber, customer service and reservations agent at Performance Tours Rafting in Breckenridge was the recipient of the One Breckenridge Service Award from the Breckenridge Tourism Office. Sam is full-time at the Breckenridge office on 107 Ski Hill Rd, where Pup’s Glide Shop is located in the winter.

Are you vacationing in Breckenridge and looking for exciting, family friendly activity options? Sam and the Performance Tours Breckenridge staff would love to help! Stop by the Performance Tours Breckenridge office for all your whitewater questions and needs. Don’t forget to congratulate Sam on her award while you’re there!


Craig Hospital Patients Discover Whitewater Therapy


Whitewater Therapy with Craig Hospital

Monday, June 27th, Buena Vista, CO – Six patients from Craig Hospital in Denver joined Performance Tours Rafting for an exciting day out of the hospital, to enjoy whitewater therapy on the Arkansas River. It was a beautiful day in Browns Canyon National monument and the Craig Hospital crew brought their positive attitudes to navigate the rapids. Everyday on the Arkansas is a special day, but today was an exceptional day for a whitewater adventure, with an extraordinary crew.

Craig Hospital specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. They provide comprehensive medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow-up services to inpatients and outpatients in Englewood, Colorado. The Craig Hospital Therapeutic Recreation Program offers patients unique opportunities for travel, sports and outdoor recreation. There are a variety of activities for alumni and current patients including scuba diving, hand cycling, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and of course – whitewater rafting. Thank you to the Craig Hospital crew for joining us on the river!

Click the links to learn more about Craig Hospital and their Therapeutic Recreation Program.

Whitewater Therapy, Craig Hospital Patients