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Performance Tours Rafting

Lower Bear Creek Full Day


Big Views with Small Splashes on a classic Colorado float trip!

Bear Creek is a moderate level raft trip on the Arkansas River, between Buena Vista and Salida, CO. This is the perfect trip for families with young children and guests who want to experience wonderful scenery and the excitement of small-scale, moderate rapids.

Bear Creek is your best option for family rafting in Buena Vista, CO. Guests as young as 5 years old can enjoy this incredible Colorado river trip.

The full day trip includes a riverside lunch on the banks of the Arkansas River. 


Departs From: Buena Vista, CO

Duration: Full Day

Difficulty: Mild-Moderate Class: II+
 Price: Child $138 / Adult $140 

Meeting Time: 9:15 AM

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“Rafting was one of the things that we all wanted to experience on our Colorado vacation and we hit the jackpot with our guide! We opted for the mild and scenic tour since we have two younger girls (6 and 9 yrs) and it was perfect for them. Our guide was incredibly fun and engaging and we all learned so many interesting facts about the local history and topography. Highly recommend!”
ElizabethOmaha, AR
“Our family, having a 6 year old and 9 year old boys, took the Mild and Scenic tour. We were able to observe deer on the banks and Osprey flying above. Our boys loved the few rapids there were. Our 9 year old was dying for a little more excitement, so our guide let him “ride the bull”! Would definitely book with this outfit again if we were in the area!”
“My husband and I LOVE white water rafting. To break in our 4 year old twins, we started with the longer Mild and Scenic trip. We learned about the wildlife around the river, traversed some bumps and had an absolutely amazing day. Our guide was patient, kind and open to making the trip memorable for the boys. The perfect weather didn’t hurt either. We’ll definitely be back to try a more challenging trip when the twins are a little older.
DaniAlexandria, VA
What can I expect on this trip?

Gorgeous Colorado scenery and class 2+ rapids on a classic Colorado float trip!

Bear Creek is an excellent option for guests looking for a less exciting alternative to Browns Canyon National Monument, with some rapids.

You’ll spend around four hours on the river, stopping for a riverside lunch on the banks of the Arkansas River!

Can I bring my child on this trip?

Recommended minimum age is 4 years old AND 30 pounds.

When and where do we meet?

This trip meets in Buena Vista 30 minutes prior to departure time.

Once you have arrived at the office that your trip departs from, Performance Tours will provide all shuttles. We have ample parking at all of our offices.

What’s for lunch?

Lunch is served on FULL DAY trips only. It is a delicious buffet style lunch provided with a beverage. You may bring non-alcoholic canned beverages if desired. Usually our lunch consists of a buffet style sandwich spread with meats, cheeses, various veggies, chips, fruits and more. Lunch is enjoyed on our office patio on the 3/4 day trips or riverside on the full day trips.

We are happy to accommodate allergy and food restrictions, please give our office a call to let us know.

Need to know more?

Life jackets, lunches, equipment, what to bring, what to wear…

Our FAQ page has all the answers you need.

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