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Old 07-20-2005   #1
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Overnight Ark ideas????

So I got a group of people from work together to do an overnight rafting trip on the Ark. We were thinking about Brown's and then adding something on in either direction. Were not pro-rafters and I don't want to kill any one but I think we'll be good to go on at least class 3.

Any ideas for good places to camp? What sections to raft? Any good trip info? ALso anyone know a cheap place to rent a raft. CKS rented theirs out.


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Good camping all over the ark proablem is every one knows, biggest proablem may be finding one open especially on weekend. still lots of commercial rafts on water and they do a lot of their overnights around brown's
I know couple of people who have rented rafts/duckies from varies rafting co. in Canon city/ Royal Gorge area for none commercial use. Might try calling some of them and see were that gets you.
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we've done fractions to ruby mtn campground, stayed there and continued on brown's next day. makes for a decent run, but you have to pay to camp at ruby mtn. I can't help you with free sites on the stretch, but there may be some...?

have fun, we ran brown's and royal gorge last weekend for a rippin good time!!
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Old 07-20-2005   #5
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A great overnighter: Put in at Pinnacle Rock, float past this point you are entering the Royal Gorge. Just above the First Rapid (el primero) there is a great beach river right. Camp. Run Gorge in AM..... great trip.
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IMO, it's getting a little low to have a fun run down Browns with a heavy boat full of camping gear. I'd suggest camping at Hecla and find a site in the morning while you are running shuttle. Then do a couple of laps from Fishermans Bridge to Hecla. Just a thought.

There is a free camping spot at the top of the hill going into Hecla Junction. No fires allowed (at owners request), but it is a nice level spot away from the crowds. Oh yea, and it free to camp there.
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If you are going for a 2 day trip a good one would be to put in at Rail Road Bridge eat lunch in BV, and there is free camping anywhere on the left after you go under the Nathrop footbridge, after you go by Ruby Mountain. The first site after the "entering public lands" sign isn't usually used by commercial trips but there are several good sites in that area if you can get one that isn't taken. Then a good second day is to run to Big Bend or Salida. There are lunch sites at Heckla, Seidel's or Stone Bridge or you can go in a wash under the train bridge just after Heckla on the left. The water level should be staying steady around 750 so you should be fine taking gear down.
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Old 07-21-2005   #8
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Sounds like Nathan's got some good beta.

If you run below BV, be wary of the dam(n) down there. Its a surprisingly big and sudden drop and there are significant landowner issues on both sides of the river. Supposedly there's a scouting easement on the right but the landowner still has it posted no trespassing.

Have fun!

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Old 07-21-2005   #9
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I did browns and the gorge with redbeard At 1000, browns looked great for a kayak and was good fun for a raft w/o gear, except river libations. it was a litle boney. At 750, a raft full of gear would have to pick its way down, carefully.

we decided against fractions at 1000. but we were also looking for action, which we found in the gorge.

camping at the pay sites is well worth it, cheap and good river access w/o wrecking the place. watch out for those rangers

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