To all members interested in the rafting and/or Royal Gorge trip:
First, if you have not RSVP?d on the New to CO web site, please do so a.s.a.p. since I limited this trip to 20 participants. This will secure your spot.
Here is some updated info. Please read and get back to me by Friday, June 15 by 3 p.m., so I can let everyone know what people have decided (I?ll e-mail you by 5 p.m.) to inform your decision in booking your rafting trip(s) and hotel reservations (optional).
The only thing that you do not have to book in advance is the Royal Gorge fee (wait until you get to Canon City since both RiverRunners and the Best Western have $5 off coupons).
***So, please wait until Friday night to make your rafting reservation because I would like to e-mail you more info. about group member?s preferences 1st . When you are ready to book your rafting reservation, River Runner?s phone # is:[masked]-8987.
Also, I have reconsidered how I want payment (for rafting, hotel, & Royal Gorge) to occur and have decided that each member will call River Runners and the Best Western to book and pay for their reservation on their own. REMEMBER TO MENTION YOU ARE FROM NEW TO CO TO GET A DISCOUNT. (I am still working with River Runners on this since they want one person to book a single group reservation.) The Best Western in Canon City on the other hand immediately agreed to individual members booking their rooms and receiving a discount. (more info. below)
Rafting & Other Info.-
The consensus is that members would prefer the Brown's Canyon trip in Buena Vista (2.5 hours southwest of Denver) instead of the Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip in Canon City. Both trips are intermediate level, but Brown?s has gotten much better ratings. I also got a request for an advanced trip called Numbers also in Buena Vista.
Please let me know the following: (by Fri. 3pm if possible)
1. Which rafting trip do you prefer (Brown's- intermediate or Numbers- advanced)?
2. For 1/2 day (2-2.5 hrs) or an entire day (5-6 hrs)?
- Prices in brochure: Brown's- $46 ? day, $78 full day
and Numbers- $60 ? day, $95 full day
3. Will you be arriving on Friday night or Saturday morning? (see Hotel Info. below)?
4. Will you be going out to dinner with the group on Sat. nt.?
5. Will you be going to the Royal Gorge on Sunday?
for more info. (The company is RiverRunners)
Also, the trip start times are the following.
Numbers- 9:30 a.m. for full day & ? day
Brown?s- 10:00 a.m. for full day or 10:30 for ? day
OUR GROUP WILL MEET AT 8:45 on SATURDAY, JUNE 30 AT THE BUENA VISTA RIVER RUNNER?S SITE. * River Runners requires that participants arrive 45 minutes prior to time of trip in order for them to provide instruction and get paperwork and other details taken care of.
Hotel & Travel Info.
Since Buena Vista is 2.5 hours (southwest) from Denver, you could make the rafting trip on Saturday a day trip or the Royal Gorge on Sunday (2 hours from Denver) a day trip. It is up to you how much of the weekend you want to participate in.
As I said in my previous e-mail, the Best Western, 1925 Fremont Drive, Canon City, CO 81212 (719)[masked] gave us a group discount (if you mention you?re a member of New to CO):
$79/nt. 1 queen + fridge
$89/nt. 1 king or 2 double beds
$110/nt. 2 queens + pull-out sofa (twice the size of a regular room)
(Lisa, employee of Best Western, quoted me these prices on 6/11/07
You can call anytime to book your room (if you want to stay overnight in the area) and if you want roommates to reduce the cost, post a message on the New to CO web site or contact members directly who RSVP?d ?yes?. I can also send an e-mail out for you.
Unfortunately, rooms in Buena Vista are $50 more on average than Canon City, so staying there on Friday night is a bit costly. Marc and I are going to stay in Canon City for Friday and Saturday (& drive to Buena Vista from there on Sat. a.m.)
It is 1.5 hours from Buena Vista to Canon City.
We will meet at River Runner?s Buena Vista location on Saturday morning so if you need help with transportation, post a message on the New to CO web site, e-mail members who RSVP?d ?yes? or let me know if you want me to e-mail everyone for you.
Questions, comments, concerns? E-mail me back. I will give you my cell phone number to use for the weekend (just prior to the weekend).