Old Mose Bluegrass Band - Arkansas River

Dvorak Expeditions Invites You
To the Arkansas River – Browns Canyon National Monument
Two Day Overnight Campout Rafting – Bluegrass Roustabout
Watch this space for 2022 Concert List

Yep, that’s Banjo Music…… And yes, we are on the Arkansas River in the Browns Canyon National Monument in the heart of Colorado’s 14,000 Peaks.

THE BAND: Come on out to the finest bluegrass rafting trip this side of the South Platte River, It is Dvorak’s 2 day overnight ‘Premier Bluegrass Roustabout’. The band Old Mose has some of the best pickers you can imagine. The band delivers a high-energy, ultra-danceable blend of traditional bluegrass, classic country, and folk that has been called “high-country grass” or “whisky grass”.  The name “Old Mose” pays tribute to the fantastic legend of the last great grizzly bear to roam the mountains of south-central Colorado around the close of the 19th century. For their name’s sake, this string band possesses an infectiously rebellious swagger and plays by its own rules!

THE DVORAK’S: Bill and Jaci Dvorak have been running rivers commercially longer than anyone else in Colorado established in 1969.  Having offered their annual 8-day Classical music journeys for more than 35 years the Dvorak’s breaking the COVID fast this year and taking a break in the open air for this laid-back evening of bluegrass!  With a personal penchant for Bluegrass music, they are ready to take a bluegrass band down the Class III Arkansas River which will provide an acoustically outstanding natural setting to perform. The 2021 “Bluegrass River Journey” premier is born.

Dvorak’s once again is bringing a new twist of music to ring out in the river canyons of Colorado’s famous Arkansas River.  The band will blend in with the sweet melody of the morning chorus of birds, the rippling sounds of the river, and the drum roll of the rapids. Guests will join members of the band on a two-day Roustabout journey. We will set up camp under summer starry skies, playing under the twinkling star-studded sky near-natural red rock backdrop of the National Monument, a stage setting set for kings and queens.

Our concert is scheduled for July, after your gourmet dinner.  We also have included our crazy costume dress-up.  And yes, dancing is encouraged for the concert. The concert halls are acoustically rich canyons and alpine forests at 7,000 ft. in elevation. Speaking of ‘Elevation’ We expect you will enjoy the local beer & wine selections to be presented with dinner.

“The idea first emerged following a conversation Bill Dvorak, owner and founder of Dvorak Expeditions, had with a friend, Kurt Beddingfield of ‘OLD MOSE’ and he loved the idea and said “Let’s make it happen!

Dvorak is planning the trip with plenty of fun whitewater paddle boats or to ride in style on an oared raft for the full day.  You will be stopping for lunch and possible side hikes before reaching our campsite early afternoon. In addition to rafting and an evening bluegrass concert, you can relax at camp, fishing opportunities (Gold Medal waters), play river games, swimming, photography options are extraordinary and just way too much fun.

Your night in the canyon allows our guests and performers to mingle over campfire conversation, laughter, tuning up, and singing after our staff/guides prepare the gourmet dinner such as blackened salmon, BBQ steaks, fresh salads, garden vegetables, and Dutch oven desserts such as black forest cake, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and a selection of local brewery beers and Chaffee County wines.  (Special diet & allergies can be accommodated)

“On this overnight campout, rafting trip, you are pampered and entertained by one of the very best bluegrass bands!” says Dvoraks. “It is likely to be a very memorable and Old Mose is a classic rowdy entertaining band.  Like no other trip to you will raft down for 2 days overnight in the famous Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument – class II-III+ rapids, alpine scenery, bluegrass music, gourmet meals, local brewery beers & wines.

ABOUT: The Dvorak’s Expeditions, Est. 1969

Bill and Jaci Dvorak have owned and operated Dvorak Expeditions since 1979. As one of the early pioneers of white-water river rafting in the Rocky Mountains, the Dvorak’s own the 1st outfitter license issued by the state of Colorado. Their river trips, custom float fishing, and whitewater paddle school, as well as Swiftwater rescue training programs, are world-renowned and have been featured in articles in National Geographic, the Chicago Tribune, and seen on ESPN and various Today Show and other television specials.  

 Bill recently received a number of awards for his more than 20 years of conservation work to secure “Browns Canyon National Monument and also an award from American Rivers as the “River Champion of the West”.  This is one of Bill and Jaci Dvorak’s favorite western river canyons and they guarantee this will be one you will call a top bucket list event, and it is just going to be a whole lot of fun!

This premier overnight rafting trip is to be determined for 2022. TRIP includes professional staff and guides, all boating equipment, gourmet meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch), all camping gear (tent, sleeping bag-pad) options to bring your own. Transportation to the river and return to Dvorak’s Main Base.

The band Old Mose; Musicians: Kurt Beddingfield-Standup base, Jason Lapointe-guitar, Kurt Snyder-open back banjo, Josh Rogers-rhythm guitar, Adam Taubman- mandolin; will play their main concert on the river in the canyon, overnight on the river departing late afternoon on the next day.

Arkansas River – Browns Canyon CO
Colorado’s newest “Browns Canyon National Monument” 
46 Miles | 2 Full Days and Overnight in the canyon!
Activity Level: Beginner-Intermediate (Class II-III+)
Price:  $TBD Per Person (See special discounts that may apply)
Discounts for party of 6+ 


We will contact you prior to the start date for any last-minute changes or adjustments. Check your packing lists and finalize last-minute details before meeting us at Dvorak’s Main Base. When you get to the DVK we will fit you out with your personal flotation device (PFD), issue your waterproof bag for personal gear, confirm your camping equipment is there (tents/sleeping bags/pads/rain gear/wetsuit/boots, etc.), and gather everyone to the circle for introductions and a river safety talk.  Transportation provided by DVK to the river and return at the end of the trip.  Travel time is about 15-20 minutes each way.


SPECIAL MENU GOURMET AND LOCAL LIBATIONS FOR BREWERY & WINES: The meals are planned with lots of fresh and hearty vegetables and salads. Gourmet selections for the delight of our guests throughout the journey.   Your guides will be in charge of all preparations and they will amaze you with what comes out of those dutch ovens!  We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.


Dvorak’s will provide complimentary local libations; beer and wine for dinner. You’re welcome to bring your own for multi-day expeditions at camp only, as long as it’s in unbreakable containers. Discretion in alcohol consumption during whitewater days is strongly advised. If you would like us to pick up a particular drink item i.e. soda, juice, etc., and bring it to the river, please advise and payment can be made for your purchase at the river put in with your Trip Leader.


Gratuities are not included in your trip cost. While tipping is done at your discretion, tipping is one of the gauges we use in terms of customer satisfaction. If you are ever not satisfied, please let us know so that we can adjust our expeditions in the future.


Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; rental car or van from there to the Arkansas Valley. Car rentals are available in Denver or Colorado Springs. There are “limited” jeep and domestic rental vehicles available in the Arkansas valley by prior arrangement. Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small aircraft facilities and charter flights only are available with adequate numbers for charter. Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the trip


To reach our Browns Canyon/Nathrop Base, 17921 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 81236.

FROM DENVER: You will follow Hwy 285 out of Denver all the way to the Base located 5 miles south of Nathrop. It is approximately 160 miles from Denver Airport to the Nathrop Base (4 hours). Mtn road driving is slower but, a beautiful part of the Rocky Mountains and you should allow extra driving time to sight-see. FROM COLO.SPRINGS: use Hwy 24 west connecting with US Hwy 285 north & south towards Buena Vista. Turn south on Hwy 285-11 miles, you will see on the west side our sign just north of the Gas station and Prospector Rock Shop on Hwy 285. Royal Gorge and BigHorn Sheep Canyon has an optional meeting location for groups: FROM COLO. SPRINGS: take Hwy 115 and Hwy 50 west through Canon City. Meeting @ Parkdale Launch site is about 10 miles west of Canon City on Hwy 50.

FROM JOHNSON’S VILLAGE: take Hwy 285 through Nathrop which joins with Hwy 50 east, via Hwy 291 through Salida. Travel @ 60 miles to the Parkdale launch site (Arkansas Headwaters Rec. Area).

Arrive at the appropriate arranged meeting location @ confirmed time (depending on trip) on the first day. You will meet your guides at either DVK Nathrop base or Parkdale launch site. The travel time to the river by bus/van varies with each canyon and start point. Confirm prior to start date. There is a secure private parking area at the Nathrop base for you to leave your vehicle and belongings. AHRA ‘Parkdale’ launch site will require a state park parking pass in your vehicle $7-10.


At the end of your day or the final day of your trip, Dvorak’s van or bus will either deliver you to the place where you left your car or return you to your lodging or arranged drop off point. “River Time is unpredictable.” Please keep this in mind when you make final day commitments.


Check our helpful links page for recommended lodgings pre- and post-trip.


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