Arkansas River Kayak or Raft Lesson (Private 1:1) – 1/2 Day


Private lessons are on a 1:1 basis with a professional instructor to get you started in a new boating skill.  We can take you to the next level if you have had a group lesson and are ready for that direct instruction to advance you to the next level.

Need a good tuning up before a big multi-day trip or just ready to boat a higher level of rapids? Our professional staff is ready to teach you in an oar raft, paddle raft, hard shell kayak, inflatable kayak or stand up paddle boards.

Call today to match your skills with the right instruction.

Location: Arkansas River, CO
Duration: Half Day
Activity Level: Easy/Moderate
Pricing: $119 per person

You will decide if you need to rent our equipment with your instruction or BYO (bring your own gear).  A full safety check is completed before your own equipment can be used.  Private lessons are on a 1:1 basis with a professional instructor/guide to get you started in a new boating skill or taking you to the next level.  We can take you to the next level and continue you further in a group lesson.  If you choose to maintain the 1×1 ratio and are ready for that direct instruction, we can break up your days and spread them out over a few weeks.

Need a good tuning up before a big multi-day trip or just ready to boat a higher level of rapids? Our professional staff is ready to teach you in an oar raft, paddle raft, hard-shell kayak, inflatable kayak, or stand-up paddleboards.

Call today to match your skills with the right instruction.  Confirm your equipment for suitable use on the river or confirm rental gear from Dvorak’s.


Our lunches are planned with lots of fresh and hearty vegetables and salads. Your guides will be in charge of all preparations and they will be able to adjust for diet concerns and/or you have the option of BYO.  COVID restrictions may be easier for your lunch option.

We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.


Discretion in NON-alcohol consumption during whitewater days is strongly advised.  We will consider postponing your course if we feel safety is a factor jeopardized by either alcohol or drug consumption is present.


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.


  • $45 per-day Drysuits (gasket damage additional)
  • $75 One-day Inflatable Kayak ‘Duckie’ 1 or 2 man w/ paddle, pfd, helmet ($50 boat only)
  • $85 One-day Hard-shell Kayak: Floatation, paddle, pfd, helmet, spray skirt (Boat only $50)
  • $6 ea. One-day for any accessory item: PFD, Helmet, Spray Jacket, Paddle


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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Tag along kayaker

Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.
- Tom Schembra


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