Despite weeks of high water dangers, summer rafting is making a comeback in Colorado.

River flows along the Arkansas River are returning to their normal levels, making rafting conditions the strongest they’ve been all season. Water levels are also well above historic averages for August, setting Colorado up for an extended rafting season.

According to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, warm weather and moderate level water flows are creating ideal whitewater rafting conditions right now along the Arkansas River, which is expected to continue well past Labor Day weekend.

Currently, river flow rates are trending at or above 1,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) in Salida and anywhere from 1,200 cfs to 1,800 cfs at key checkpoints along the river including Browns Canyon, Wellsville, Parkdale and the Royal Gorge.

To check current conditions before visiting, contact the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Visitor Center at 719-539-7289.

Whitewater rafting is fun and exhilarating, but can also be very dangerous and can result in life-threatening situations. Hiring a guide is strongly recommend. For more information and tips on rafting in Colorado, click here.

One great resource for determining whether or not water flow levels are safe is American Whitewater. Note that even “safe” flow levels doesn’t mean that there is no risk of serious injury or death.

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