Okay, I just had a BIG reply already to send till my fingers hit the WRONG key(s) and BIll Gates and his fuQQING windozz shortcuts ERASED the WHOLE GAWD DANMED THING! I hate that sh!T grrrrrrr.
I'll start over, (I HATE Bill Gates)
Last year, my "running club" oragized a trip though one of the Johnson Village (Buena Vista) companies. They would NOT let me kayak along with the group unless I signed their waver, used their lifejacket and helmet (crappy 10 year old plastic P.O.S.), PAYED for the bus shuttle and stayed with the group (ie: no stop and surf waves!) I kinda felt like they wanted me to be a non-payed (I had to pay them) safety boater for them. If I wanted to eat, I would have to pay more money (understandable), but I had my own food. Needless to say, I just drove myself to the put-in and just so happened to be on the river at the same time as my friends in their rafts.
They can't stop that!
Whenever my family comes to town for a trip, they use Adventure Quest out of Canon City. (719)269-9807. Larry is a super nice guy and they have good food. From day one, he has always let me kayak alongside the rafts, given me and my kayak a shuttle back up FREE of charge. NONE of the problem I had in the other guys. After the paying customers ate, I was given some food as well. Super cool.
They've taken my family down Browns, Parkdale and the Royal Gorge. We used them the first time they came to raft and the next year as well. Then I moved to Buena Vista and we tried some of the companies up there. Those bigger operations made my mom and dad feel like cattle, not a real personalized experience. It may have just been a few bad guides, but they decided that they had a better time with Adventure Quest. Now, ALL trips go through AQ. Convenient too, now that I live in FLorence (next to Canon City).
I don't work for them, nor do any of my buds, nor do I hang with them afterwork or anything. I'm just giving credit and thanks to Larry and the rest of Adventure Quest for taking great care of my mom, dad, brothers and sisters. I highly recommend them.