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redjackson 07-28-2006 10:20 AM

Browns Canyon shuttle??
I'm going to be in the Buena Vista area next week, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me the best way to get a shuttle for Browns Canyon. Should I just wait around at Hecla and see if I can catch a ride up to Fishermans bridge? Should I just do the run and take my chances on finding a ride at Hecla? What's the best way? What do most folks do? Thanks.

COUNT 07-28-2006 10:24 AM

You can either wait around Hecla (I'd say your chances are pretty good unless you're late in the day) or hang aroud CKS until you find someone. Or maybe someone from here will chime in saying they're going to be there. Good Luck.


bowen 07-28-2006 10:27 AM

RMOC provides shuttles in the Ark Valley as well. 800.255.5784

Steve Zizzou 07-28-2006 02:30 PM

I would drop your boat off at fish bridge, drive your car down to hecla then hitch it back to fish bridge. It is better to have your car at the take out instead of the put in. Shuttle your car down early, that is the best chance you have for catching a ride. People are cool in the valley they won't F w/ your boat and will give you a ride. Good luck and watch out for the rocks they are everywhere on brown's now. Good paddling!

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psu96 07-28-2006 02:36 PM

when will you be looking at being down here? I agree with Steve, better to have your car at the take out no one will mess with your boat. If you are at Hecla around 9ish your chances are good. If you know what day my buddy and I might be running browns, we could help you out.

Wilderness Aware 07-28-2006 02:51 PM

Shuttle Service
Wilderness Aware Rafting in Johnson Village offers shuttle services.


or call 1-800-462-7238 for more information or to book a shuttle.

Andy H. 07-28-2006 08:18 PM

The answer lies at the end of your arm - that short, stubby appendege that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. A congenial smile and pleasant attitude will also help get you out of Hecla within minutes. From Hecla, and particularly Stone Bridge, are about the easiest shuttle hitches around. Carry a PFD or paddle and you'll soon be making new friends for the 15 minutes back to the put-in.

If you're launching in the afternoon, consider running your shuttle first so its at the takeout when you get there at 8 pm. For a morning launch you'll have no trouble getting a ride back to Hecla so it makes beating the trains with an early start that much easier. By the time you get there, the oufitters will often give you rides back with the group and can be a fun time back if the guides are lively. Offering to help toss boats onto the outfitter's trailer is often appreciated should help getting a ride on the Bluebird.

The ease of this particular shuttle (rivaled by Glenwood Canyon) makes a last-minute decision to say, "screw it, I'm going boating - now!" easy...

Maybe we'll share the back of a pickup some day.

Have fun and remember to pass the favor on next time you're behind the wheel!


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A - They'll tell you. :lol:

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