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Upper Bear Creek Half Day


Big Views with Small Splashes! Upper Bear Creek is a great option for Colorado family rafting near Buena Vista.

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.

Guests as young as 4 years old and 30 lb. can enjoy this incredible river trip!


Departs From: Buena Vista, CO

Duration: Half Day

Difficulty: Mild-Moderate Class: II+
 Price: Child $88 /  Adult $90 

Meeting Times: 9:15 AM and 1:45 PM

“We have young kids so Mild & Scenic it was. But our guide kept it interesting, accommodated our kids’ chants of “hit the rock!” to create some bounce and pointed out all sorts of interesting stuff along the way. I was apprehensive if my 5 year old would like it and she LOVED it and is counting down til she’s 7 and we can return for the Brown’s Canyon Trip!
I can’t say enough about the care and safety the staff and crew take as well. You can tell safety is top priority and I felt 100% confident taking my kids on the trip.”
SueIndianapolis, IN
“Our family of 9 had a great time rafting on the Arkansas River. We chose the mild and scenic tour since we had two young children in our group. Our guide was great. She was really fun to talk to and knowledgeable about the area. We would highly recommend Performance Tours. Thanks for a great experience!”
SheilaColorado Springs
“Although I’d prefer a fast paced, adrenaline rush inspired rafting trip, having a 5 year old and 70 year old parents with me made this impossible. We took the Mild and Scenic 1/2 Day and had a fantastic time. It was the perfect speed for the type of group I was in, and you just can’t beat the views in Colorado. Our guide was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, competent at navigating the river and a great conversationalist, as well. It was fantastic day and money well spent.”
AmyLeague City, TX
Can I bring my child on this trip?

Recommended minimum age is 4 years old AND 30 lbs.

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 can I expect on this trip?

Gorgeous Colorado scenery and  class 2+ rapids!

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

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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