Whitewater Encounters

Employment Opportunities


Raft Guides

Whitewater Encounters will be hiring experienced guides and offering a training course for those interested in becoming a raft guide.

Experienced Guides

We are looking for guides who are comfortable in both paddle boats and oar boats running intermediate levels of whitewater (Class III and up). Certification in the Numbers and the Royal Gorge is a plus. We will conduct an interview and an evaluation trip, where we will evaluate your people skills and river skills.

To be hired with Whitewater Encounters, we will need a copy of your up-to-date river log, showing who you worked for, when you worked for them, sections of river run, mileage, etc. Copies of a current First Aid and CPR certification will also be needed. Pay is based on your experience.

Guide Training Course

We are offering a 14-day training course, taught on the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado, lasting from May 15-28, 2007. Previous experience is not required. We are looking for outgoing, hard working, team-oriented applicants.

Subjects taught during the course include reading water, river dynamics, paddleboat and oarboat instruction, steering/paddlestrokes, rigging and de-rigging boats, self-rescue, river rescue, and safe boating practices.

The course cost is $495 per student, and exceeds all mileage and hours requirements outlined by the State of Colorado. Students must be 18 years or older and have Basic First Aid and CPR certifications in order to be hired commercially. Ideally, this will be done before arriving for training so that students are eligible to work immediately upon completion of the course. Course cost includes use of all necessary gear (i.e. wetsuits, spray jackets, booties, lifejackets, etc.). Students are responsible for most of their own meals, and can either camp out during the course or find some other arrangements.

To be hired commercially, a guide must successfully perform a certification trip, and have his or her own personal gear, which can be ordered during the course.

Course size is limited, and employment is not guaranteed. Space reservations for the class are accepted with an approved application and payment – call us for an application. This is a physically demanding course, but it qualifies you to join one of the greatest summer occupations available!


We are looking for a part-time driver, CDL A or B with P2 endorsements and no restrictions on air brakes. Must be 25 or older, with a clean driving record, and must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening. The position requires driving a van or bus with a trailer. Experience backing a trailer is required, and mechanical abilities are a plus.


If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (800) 530-8362. We hope to see you on the river this summer!

Experience Arkansas River Rafting in Colorado!


Plan your Arkansas River Rafting Vacation with Whitewater Encounters today!

Choose from Colorado rafting trips that range from a mild Salida West whitewater river tour that is ideal for families with young kids to a Numbers rafting adventure that tests your mind and body to a Browns Canyon Rafting trip that’s fun for everyone. Or for the ultimate whitewater rafting vacation try a 3 day Arkansas River Rafting trip.

Located in the "Heart of the Rockies", between Salida and Buena Vista, the scenery and whitewater rafting in Colorado’s Upper Arkansas River Valley have to be seen to be believed.

Our rafting season runs from early May through late August, and we run whitewater river tours every day of the week.

Here at WHITEWATER ENCOUNTERS, your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities! We use only top quality equipment and self-bailing rafts, and take pride in maintaining our gear in excellent condition.

Because of the smaller size of our company, we enjoy the ability to provide personalized whitewater river tours and quality rafting adventures. Our staff is our most valuable asset, and we are commited to offering each guest a safe and enjoyable "encounter". With our convenient location, we guarantee you the shortest shuttle ride back from any comparable Browns Canyon raftingtrip!

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Great Arkansas River rafting and lodging packages!

Arkansas River White Water Rafting


Raft on Colorado’s most popular river! The Arkansas River drops a whopping 5,000 ft in the first 125 miles as it courses through The Numbers, Wildhorse Canyon, and Browns Canyon. From its source below Mount Elbert (14,431 ft), the highest peak in Colorado, the Arkansas River runs through the quaint towns of Leadville, Buena Vista, and Salida Colorado and creates an epic playground for whitewater rafting. Arkansas River white water rafting is considered one of the nation’s best rafting experiences.
We offer 1/2 day to 3 day Arkansas River rafting trips that range from mild class II family trips to wild and crazy class IV rafting trips that will really get your heart pumping. While rafting on the Arkansas River, you can soak up the same vistas seen by explorers like Juan de Ulibarri and Zebulon Pike enjoyed centuries before.
In addition to the fantastic whitewater rafting, the Arkansas River valley has the highest concentration of fourteen thousand foot peaks in the entire state of Colorado. This beautiful valley boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, many hot springs resorts, awesome mountain biking, and great backpacking.
The Arkansas River is fed by melting snow and it is usually at the highest levels in early summer. Thus the most exciting trips are usually found in May and June. The warmest weather is in July and August. Consider your preferred time of year when planning your trip, although any summer day is a great time for an Arkansas River Rafting trip.
Experience some of the best white water rafting in the nation on the Arkansas River!