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Spend Memorial Day Weekend On The ARK!

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a group of people on a boat in a body of water

And Just Like That Summer Begins!

Memorial Day weekend is a time to hang out with friends, fire up the grill, and get out on that river!  The Arkansas River Valley offers multiple festivals, live music, and countless activities you over Memorial Day.  The events are great for both friends and family.

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2018 Paddlefest

The CKS Paddlefest features top river athletes competing in various whitewater sports, and running races, to go along with a weekend of live music and camping.  Visit for a full schedule of events.

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Whitewater Rafting

Take the whole family on a beautiful, exciting, and potentially life changing experience down one of the amazing sections of the world-famous Arkansas River. Browns Canyon National Monument is over 145 miles of scenic river with some mellow Class II sections and plenty of rowdy Class IV rapids.   Half-day, Full day and multi-day Arkansas river trips are available daily May thru September.

Visit for more info about our whitewater rafting trips and fly fishing trips.

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Take A Lesson

It could your first time on the water or perhaps you’re looking to perfect your technique, either way, we got you covered! DVK Paddle School offers a wide variety of lessons for SUP-ing, kayaking (inflatable & hard shell), and whitewater rafting.

No Gear, No Problem.  Rent Some From DVK!

Take adventure into your own hands. SUPDVK will be open daily in downtown Salida, providing tubes, SUPs, inflatable kayaks, rafts, shuttles, and all of the essential river supplies.

Visit our website for all of your rental equipment needs (wetsuit, boots, PFDs, and more).

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Cooking Is Overrated.  Eat Out!

The restaurants in Salida and Buena Vista have really stepped their game up.  The Boathouse Cantina serves up some of our favorite margaritas, delicious tacos, and live music all while providing amazing front row views of the Arkansas River.

Sweeties Sandwich Shop provides you with an array of tasty and unique sandwiches and baked goods to keep you fueled all day.

House Rock Kitchen in Buena Vista serves up everything from grass-fed burgers to hearty bowls. With Kombucha on tap and a big patio, it’s one of our favorite spots to spend a late afternoon.

Top off your Memorial Day weekend with some amazing gourmet ice cream.  Louie’s Ice Cream Shop on main street Buena Vista will knock your socks off with their homemade delectables.

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Bluegrass On The Arkansas River

Enjoy live bluegrass music in downtown Salida on Saturday and Sunday (May 26-27). The lineup looks amazing and it is the perfect way to end your day out on the River

Check out for more details and a full schedule.

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Relax and Chill

If all you want to do this weekend is to lay low and hang out, we got you covered there too. Ease into the weekend fly fishing on the Arkansas River, or simply pull up a chair down by the river. Whatever you are looking for this holiday weekend there is no way you can go wrong spending the weekend in Salida or Buena Vista, CO.

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