WATERSPORTS RENTALS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SALIDA
DVK has all of your inflatable watercraft needs covered. We have inflatable kayak rentals, raft rentals, paddleboard rentals, and of course, PFDs and paddles.
We want everyone to share our love of the Arkansas River by experiencing it by whichever method you prefer. It may be a float tube today, a SUP tomorrow, or a Class IV-V raft trip with an experienced guide down Pine Creek.
Rent a float tube to use in the Salida river park, or utilize our Arkansas river shuttle service to get your vehicle upstream or down to one of the nearby AHRA (Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area) access points to avoid the walk, and see the beautiful Arkansas Valley float on by. Tubes are the most basic of watercraft, and they have the least amount of performance of any of our rentals. They are the simplest way to go for a leisurely float, but also the least maneuverable. All rentals include a PFD (personal flotation device) and a helmet. Other accessories are available as add-ons.
Many people will take tubes and do laps in the Salida river park using the Riverside Walking path, while others may venture to go for a point to point float from an access point. PFD and Helmet included.
Rent a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) for high mountain lake touring, river surfing, or flatwater cruising the local lakes and reservoirs. Whether you are seeking adventure down the rapids, or just want to go for a leisurely cruise down one of the calmer stretches of the Arkansas River near Salida. We have a variety of paddleboard rentals for your needs. Please let us know if you will require tie down straps for your paddleboard/s as well as any of the other available add-ons. If you would like to utilize our Arkansas river shuttle service we will need your keys and an idea of where to hide them for you at the other end of your adventure. If you’re not too confident in your river running abilities please ask us about our expert instructors providing group and private lessons. As always PFD (Personal Flotation Device), Helmet, Paddle, Leash are also included in the cost of the rental.
SUP rentals for flatwater, river running, lakes, and reservoirs. Pick your board, and let us know how we can help! Shuttles and all ability level Lessons also available.
INFLATABLE KAYAK RENTAL
Inflatable Kayaks (IK or ducky) are a super fun and safe way to navigate the Arkansas River. The Hyside Paddilac I that we use are the most stable and durable personal crafts on the market. Appropriate for people of all shapes, sizes and ability levels, these boats are top of the line, and they perform better than any other duckies on the river. If you want to run whitewater, or just go for a leisurely float this is the craft for you. Often they make a great companion craft to stand up paddle boarders due to their added gear capacity. A double-sided paddle, PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and Helmet are included in the cost, and we also have available our Arkansas River Shuttle service to assist you in getting to and from your access points as well as tie-down straps, and dry bags as add-ons if you need them.
Double Duckies Paddilac II is the same stable craft with 2 seats and 3 more feet in length for either another person or more gear or perhaps a cooler.
Our Paddilac Kayaks are the very best inflatable kayaks on the market, and will provide you with the safest, most stable, secure, and fun of any inflatable kayak rental you will find on the Arkansas River. These boats are the best PWC (Personal Water Craft) available in the world!
MINI ME RAFT RENTAL
The Hyside Mini-Me and Mini Max raft rentals are small, maneuverable, light, and incredibly stable! These boats will take care of you, all you have to do is keep them straight and paddle hard. This is a great way to get into self-guided rafting and whitewater. Suitable for 2-4 passengers comfortably these boats can take you, your friends (furry ones included) on an amazing tour of whatever section of the Arkansas River you decide to paddle. Each boat includes PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices), Helmets, and Paddles enough for 2 people. If you would like additional equipment, tie down straps, dry bags, and Arkansas River Shuttles we also have those available as add-ons. Let the Mini rafts take you for a memorable adventure in a safe and stable yet supremely playful manner. Available at our Salida Rental Location, or Nathrop by request!
Mini Me and Mini Max Rental Rafts are the most fun, smallest, and most maneuverable multi-person crafts available. Perfect for 2-4 people or furry companions. These boats are stable and forgiving, yet playful and incredibly entertaining to paddle.
FULL SIZE PADDLE RAFT RENTAL
We have full size paddle rafts available for rent at our Nathrop office, or by request in Salida. Please be specific as to how many passengers you will need equipment for as each rental only includes PFDs, Helmets, and Paddles enough for 2. If you need additional equipment such as: Tie Down Straps, Sweep Kit (1st Aid, Repair, Pump), Full size pump, Dry bags (Small or Large), Throwbags, Wetsuits and Boots, or additional passenger PPE (Personal Protective Equipment – PFD, Helmet, Paddle). Please reserve it with your raft rental so that we can be sure to have it readily available. We also have Arkansas River Shuttles available and plenty of good info to steer you towards the right section for your ability. If this sounds too complicated, a guided trip may be a much easier and safer option for you.
Full Size Paddle Rafts available for rent includes all necessary equipment for 2 and everything you might need is also available. Please be sure that you have an experienced boat captain and qualified paddlers for your desired section. If there is any doubt, ask about daily guided raft trips on all sections of the Arkansas River.
MEGA MULTI-PERSON SUP RENTAL
Do you want the fastest multi-person craft on the river? This could be just the board for you. With room for 6 comfortably and many many more if you just want a floating lake dock. These boards will accelerate you faster than any other paddle powers craft on the river. An experienced SUP captain is a must, and don’t be afraid to take a knee when paddling through the rough stuff. If you want an experienced SUP captain we have guided tours available as well. This rental includes 2 PFDs, Helmets, and Paddles. Any additional persons equipment would be available add-ons as well as Arkansas River Shuttles, Tie down straps (often wise to just deflate it at the end of your trip, just don’t drag it around!), and dry bags.
Mega SUPs are the fastest and smoothest way to move down the river, just don’t expect your friends to keep up! Tours available, and fun is guaranteed on these boards, the hardest part is to stop laughing and smiling long enough to run the rapids without falling off. Ask about transportation and shuttles for your adventure.
Half Day SUP
Full Day SUP
Inflatable Kayak – Half Day
Inflatable Kayak – Full Day
Inflatable Tandem Kayak – Half Day
Inflatable Tandem Kayak – Full Day
Full Day Mini Raft
Full Day Raft
Fishing Raft w/ Trailer
Half Day Longboard
Full Day Longboard
Half Day Boogie Board
Mega Multi-Person SUP
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 tripBY CAR
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.TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIPS END
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.ACCOMMODATIONS
Check our helpful links page for recommended lodgings pre- and post-trip.