"Dear Superintendent Risser,
I recently returned from a 4-day raft trip with a group of 12 participants through Dinosaur National Monument.
Following that, we had the opportunity to visit the new Quarry Visitor Center. The experience was wonderful and for that, I wish to thank you and the Monument staff for providing such a rich outdoor
experience for our group. In every way our trip was exceptional. The beauty of the back country of Dinosaur is a wonder that too many people miss, and the new Visitor Center does justice to the incredible
discoveries of that area."
"The Museum of Western Colorado has been offering tours as part of our education program throughout the United States and world for many years."
"This year we initiated a new series called, "Great Rivers of the West", beginning with the Green River through Dinosaur. In selecting a river company, I researched carefully the different operators
currently working within Dinosaur National Monument. I had several very good options, but after investigating further, I found that Adventure Bound matched our goals and objectives closely."
"I have run rivers for many years and with different companies, but not found the excellent experience we had with Adventure Bound. Cleanliness at each stop was emphasized, as well as not picking
up any artifacts that may be found, or touching any of the rock art panels we visited. From the beginning, I knew I had made the right choice with Adventure Bound. The philosophy of the company mirrors that
of the National Park Service in protecting and preserving the values we all treasure. Numerous talks by the guides reminded us of the efforts of the Park Service to protect and preserve this region. Our guides
were professional in every way and we simply couldn't have asked for a better trip."
"I send this again with the appreciation of all of us who enjoyed the Dinosaur National Monument experience and the excellent job of one of your permitees. Thank you again."
Museum of Western Colorado
Thank you for your kind words about the Monument staff and new Visitor Center. Everyone knows about the great paleontological resources in Dinosaur, but not everyone is aware that we have
more than 210,000 acres full of opportunities to make all kinds of discoveries. We had that in mind as we designed and wrote the exhibits in the new Visitor Center. We want people to get out and explore the Monument."
"I also appreciate hearing about your river trip with Adventure Bound. As you probably know, Adventure Bound has a long history of operating in Dinosaur National Monument. We certainly consider them to be excellent
partners in interpreting this very special place and its resources to their guests."
"Again, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to contact me."
Dinosaur National Monument
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"We just returned home to Florida from our trip through Lodore Canyon. Our kids are already planning a week-long river trip for next summer. We had an amazing
time thanks to Jonny, Clarcie, Spike and Josh!! Thank you all for making our trip so great! Please e-mail a link or some pictures of any Hats or T-shirts you have. Again
thanks!!!" — Louisa, Mark, Peninah & Samuel B.
"We just came off the Green in Desolation Canyon. Super amazing trip, crazy fast water, and a fantastic time! Way well run by Katrina, Cassidy, and Dave.
More than memorable! Huge thanks from Dan the Willow Man." — Dan H.
"We will definitely recommend your company to anyone asking about rafting trips, and we are spreading a good word! Our kids already want to do it again (we will see about that). Just wanted to let you
know it was GREAT and we hope you have a busy summer navigating the rapids! Oh, and the rain jackets were greatly appreciated as the water was a bit cool! They really helped keep us dryer and warmer. Thanks
again!!" — Phil, Bonnie, Brittany, Zachary, Erin and Jennifer K.
"Our trip was so successful because the canyon was beautiful, the rapids incredible and the guides were first class! My family would
like to bring to your attention the great job that Katrina and Jason did during our trip. They were both very kind, respectful, helpful, knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our trip memorable. I
appreciated the emphasis they put on safety, especially during the run through the rapids. The camping and the meals were great and the hiking we did on several occasions was an added benefit. Please thank them both
again for me and tell them that the Stone Temple Pilot concert in LA was epic. You can be sure that our next raft trip will be with Adventure Bound!" — Dana, Pauline and Nevin
"Annie and I had the best time on our trip down the Colorado River,
truly awesome! Mike was really, really good. Between Mike and Shana, we couldn't have been in better hands! Mike was very knowledgeable of the geological formations all the way down the river. Both
guides, Mike and Shana, held our safety as their first concern. The brief hikes off the river were unexpected and extremely enjoyable! Adventure Bound River Expeditions truly takes care of you, and gives you the
time of your lives!" — Gary F. & Annie P.
"As a first timer, it was more than I could have imagined! What a FABULOUS weekend rafting on the Colorado River. Of course, that was very much due to the nature
of the group AND, more importantly, the group of guides! Really, what a treat to spend my (rare) vacation days with such a great group of folks. It is obvious you love what you do. I feel fortunate to have
been able to experience rafting and to do so with you. You guys are WONDERFUL!" — Elizabeth H.
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"Our Ruby Canyon river trip was BREATHTAKING! We experienced a peaceful and beautiful journey through some amazing wilderness. We especially enjoyed rafting in
the inflatable kayaks. What a truly awesome vacation! Our hats off to Adventure Bound!" — Dianna G.
"Once again, we had a wonderful river trip in Desolation Canyon with Adventure Bound! The experience was perfect for our students. They learned so much,
including how to use a groover! We appreciate all the hard work the guides put into the trip, the good food, the hikes, and getting all of us safely down the river. This was the third time I was fortunate enough to
share the experience and I already look forward to the next. Please pass our thanks and best wishes to Josh, Mike and Kate. Included are some cards from the students." — Leon M.
"I was on the Colorado River over the 4th and found the guides to be fun people and good boaters. I saw the professional side of
them and I just wanted to let you know what an incredible job they did! Previously, when people have asked me what commercial outfit to use I've said, 'any company is fine'.
Now my response will be 'nobody but Adventure Bound'. Thanks!" — Tom D.
"What an AWESOME river trip we had! The views were breathtaking beyond words! We spent two relaxing days on the Colorado River through Ruby Canyon
and our family agrees, it was the best vacation of our lives! Inflatable kayaking on this tranquil section of Colorado River was amazing fun! We will
definitely be back for more river trips! Our many thanks to Adventure Bound for the incredible memories!" — Jon & Jodi G.
"Thank you so much for the most relaxing, de-stressing day I think I've ever had! What an awesome journey rafting through the beautiful Ruby Canyon
on the Colorado River. Glad I also tried rafting in the inflatable kayak...what a blast! I'll be back for sure! Again, thank you!!" — Katie G.
"We just returned from the Gates of Lodore trip. We had such a great time and wanted to send our appreciation to
our great guides - Jonny (our captain - a real great leader and an "okay" euchre player!), Spike (he's the man!), and Josh and Clarcie (always smiling and being so great
with everyone). We could not have wanted any other guides on our trip - we appreciated
their expertise and guidance on the river, their great meals, and their infectious laughter and fun that made the trip so enjoyable! They handled the many situations
that occur when you have 19 people who come from all walks of life with differing personalities - GREAT JOB!!! We had a blast! Of course, the Green River is such a
beautiful river to explore and enjoy on the leisure-filled days. We appreciated having the inflatable kayaks on most or all of the trip --
so much fun! Thank you!" — Kathy and Jay M. and Ann and Elizabeth S.
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"We would like to express our appreciation for the incredible experience your guides provided to us on the recent Cataract Canyon river trip.
Crystal, Ben and Lynn displayed excellent attitudes and outstanding knowledge and skills both on and off of the river. Your company and guides have succeeded in rising above the traditional
stereotype of "camp food" into modest gourmet dining... put simply, the food was amazing! Thanks to your wonderful guides, Adventure Bound will be our first choice in both referral
and on any future river trips. Again, we thank you and your guides for a life-changing, unforgettable experience on the Colorado River." — Connie H. & Logan A.
"Job well done! I would like to take a minute and thank you for the wonderful trip my family recently took through Cataract Canyon. The river trip was the
highlight of our vacation and will be remembered for many years to come!"
"My sincere thanks for the Gates of Lodore trip.. unbelievably beautiful! I extend my compliments to your fantastic boatmen. We discussed the variety of
river trips, and I think I would love to go on the Cataract Canyon trip next. The guides were so helpful and provided a wonderful travelogue each bend of the river.
I would not have a moment's hesitation in recommending Adventure Bound. What AWESOME memories... thank you!" — Connie M.
"My brother, son, and I had such a wonderful experience on the Colorado River. Your team of rafters was very fun and very professional. Buster did a spectacular job of making
sure everyone was safe and that we understood the dangers of each rapid. He was very thorough communicating even though some didn't understand English. Amy was a wonderful captain and did a great job rowing the raft and
maneuvering - especially in the rapids. Amy also did a great job of squeezing us in with such a short notice. Cameron, Cassidy and Clarcie did a great job of entertaining us. We really enjoyed the
inflatable kayaks and look forward to coming back out in a month or so to do it again. Your bus driver Ron is also a very good asset to your team. He was very helpful and knowledgeable
about the area and was pleasant to talk to. Thanks again for the adventure." — Damien C.
"I went on an Adventure Bound rafting trip on the Colorado River and I had a BLAST!!! I also want to let you know that our van driver, Crystal, was very
friendly and fun! And the guides we had on the river were great! The guide that I rafted with was Cassidy, and she was a peach! The guides did a great job in preparing our lunch and making sure everyone
was taken care of on the river, as well as on land! They were a great group of young people! Thanks again for a great time! My group plans to do this again next year in the late spring or early summer
when the rapids are higher!"
— Debbie W.
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"I'm writing to let you know what a great trip we just completed. Rose and I spent four spectacular days on the Yampa and Green rivers. Our group was interesting and good
company. Our guides were the best. Jason and Hannah could not have taken better care of all of the rafters. Our driver, Mike was an informed and thoughtful tour guide. Each brought an upbeat and humorous attitude to camp.
The staff, to a person, enjoys working at Adventure Bound and credit you for their enthusiasm. Thanks for providing a service that is second to none. We will keep in touch about future trips." — Art H.
"This is to let you know what a spectacular group of people you have working for you. My family and I had done the Lodore Canyon river trip with your company 4 years ago
and it was one of the greatest experiences any of us had ever had. The trip we took with you all this time was even better than the last. We had a crew, 12 all together, and we were all taken care of so well, especially
the kids. Thank you so much for helping us create some really incredible memories for our family."
— Kelly C.
"I really had a BLAST!! Your inflatable kayaks ROCK! What a great experience rafting on the Colorado River through the canyonland wilderness... awesome!
Could almost imagine what it felt like for the first river pioneers. WOW...thanks for the unique vacation! Adventure Bound RULES!" — Danny H.
"I'm sure you know what a great team of guides you sent with us, but I had to send you this note to let you know what an exceptional
job they did in making our trip special and memorable for all of us. They went out of their way to make sure we got the most out of our trip. We saw all of the very cool sites on the various hikes we took
and they pointed out many things as we went down through the canyons on the river. The guides' knowledge of the history and the area added a lot. It was a fun, safe trip that created unbelievable memories
for a lifetime! When given the chance, you can be assured that we will all speak very highly about your company with strong recommendations. I sincerely hope I find myself again on the Colorado River with
the same group of professionals we had last week. You should be very proud of your team!" — Mark
"Thank you and your guides, Darin and Josh for a great time on the Cataract Canyon river run I was on in June. I found both Darin and Josh to be informative and skilled
about every aspect of the run. I had a GREAT time and will return on another trip with your company soon. I will recommend you to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and rafting the river. Thanks again." — David L.
"I would like to commend your very professional and courteous guides, Buster, Hannah, Cassidy, and Sarah. They inspired our confidence
and are clearly very skillful rafters and guides. They demonstrated caution and concern for our safety, but also let us stretch ourselves a little when they were sure we were ready for it and the conditions warranted.
All were very friendly and did an excellent job preparing us for the technical challenges which really helped make the trip work. We all felt quite safe and quite challenged while having all the fun we could handle!
Thank you! We'll be back!" — Bob L.
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"My husband Bob, our daughter Danielle and I just returned from the Lodore Canyon trip and I must tell you that we had a GREAT time! Our guides Clarcie, Lynn,
Nicole, Hannah and Shana were all incredible. They worked non-stop to make us comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed riding the rapids in Clarcie's raft, as she was very informative, professional and lots of fun. I will
definitely recommend your company to our friends and will return in the future for another trip. Keep up the good work." — Joanne G.
"I just wanted to say what a great job Jonny, Hannah, Darin, and Jason did our Colorado River trip. They covered all angles and hustled 24-7. Please
extend our best wishes and thanks to each and every one of them. We appreciated all the hard work! Great trip! We will back next summer!" — Brian C.
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for the excellent trip my family and I recently took on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. The canyons were breathtaking!
Our river trip was the highlight of our vacation and we will never forget it! Adventure Bound offers the best and most unique river trips we've ever been on. Thank you again... we will be back!" — Tim and Sandy D.
"Thanks for a wonderful and memorable trip on the Colorado River! It was fun and relaxing and thrilling... all in one trip. Not only
was this educational (petroglyphs, being immersed in nature, observing camping/rafting tips, etc.) but also being with different people in a common purpose."
"Erica and I had a great time last Thursday-Friday on the Colorado River! Our guides, Buster and Nicole were great too, and made it a lot of fun. The food was a pleasant
surprise. I am planning on taking the Yampa river trip next year with you. Take care." — Michael L.
"Our five days with you in Desolation Canyon could not have been better because of your encouragement and confidence-building. We took on the river and had a wonderful
time. At camp, Jason and Darin provided the entertainment and superb meals in a relaxed atmosphere. Thank you for a restful, recuperative time!" — Randy and Donna M.
"We had such a great weekend! We just got back from a three-day Cataract Canyon trip. Josh and Sam were the greatest. The food was amazing
and the river was awe inspiring! I am trying to get my family together for a high water Lodore Canyon in the spring. I think we will be able to get 10-15
people together. This was our first white water experience and now we are addicted! Adventure Bound Rocks!" — Kirk and LaQuitta P.
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"I just wanted to write to tell you how great our Desolation Canyon trip was, thanks to the tireless efforts, good nature, and many talents of Al and Crystal.
They put together a raft trip of the quality we've come to expect from Adventure Bound — that is, darn close to perfection. Al and Crystal did an amazing job making sure my son and daughter were comfortable, safe,
and having fun the whole time they were on the river. Please give our thanks to them and the whole Adventure Bound crew." — Craig B.
"I want to sincerely thank you for providing my son and I with a trip that will provide lifelong memories. WE HAD A BLAST! Everything about your trip setup was far better than expected.
guides really know what they're doing! And I want you know, that we are especially thankful
to Jason and Cameron. We think
those are a couple of great guys. Their wit, humor, knowledge, and patience is without exception. And man.. can they make a mean soup! They were such an enhancement to an already great trip. We were especially
impressed that they gave 100% effort
to every part of the endeavor. I think Colton put it best: "You guys Rule!" — Barry and Colton McC.
"The bonuses included our great guides, Hannah and Josh. I cannot express how impressed I was with their positive attitudes. They never pushed but always encouraged while keeping safety first. Both of them
seemed very genuine and approachable for questions and conversation. One thing that really impressed me was that each of them had mentioned at some point on the trip how they felt they were part of a family at
Adventure Bound and their respect for Tom was deep and earnest."
"I also observed the many details of being prepared for so many possibilities. I know they were taught to be prepared, but obviously there were tons of experience going into what kind of meals/food, how to
best pack, how to handle different situations, time schedules, etc. And it does take a very special kind of person to be a great guide... Hannah and Josh certainly meet the status of "great rafting guides"...and
kudos to Tom for knowing to hire them. Thanks to all involved (those who pack the supplies, determine the menu, teach the safety, select and train the best guides, friendly
bus drivers, and all others behind the scenes) because it takes everybody doing an excellent job to make a rafting trip so successful. I hope to come back again and try maybe a 4-day trip. I also heartily endorse Adventure
Bound to anyone who might be wanting to go rafting... you have trips for every dream!" — Michael W.
"I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am and have been about our river trips with you. You and
your guides have always
been so good to us and all our kids. When I think back on our trips it puts a smile on my face. When we first started rafting with your company, we all had so much fun and would come home and talk about rafting.
Soon more families wanted to come with us. The river was peaceful, the guides were kind to us, the food was great, even the weather was good for us. I watched my three sons do things that your guides taught them.
Life goes full circle and you are part of that experience for me. Thank you from my heart." — L.K.
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"I was a member of the clan that went on the Yampa river trip that returned on the 11th. Our guides were Suzie, Jason, Kai, Al and Clarcie. I just wanted you
to know that they were AWESOME!!! We had a wonderful time. It was our 2nd time rafting with you guys and both times were so perfect. Suzie really helped me to get over my fear of Warm Springs rapids.
All of the guides were super fun and really great with the kids. Thanks again for making our trip so great!" — Carrie N.
"Our guides, Hannah, Kai, and Jonny were exceptional. They created not only a fun and exciting atmosphere, but also a safe one. They were extremely professional and they never forced you
to do something
that you felt uncomfortable doing. We were able to experience the entire trip in
the ducky and I am glad we did, and
with only one flip out. It was a most exhilarating experience
that I will never forget. The meals prepared by the guides were excellent and worth asking for the recipe. The entire trip was beyond excellent. You now
have us both hooked on white water rafting, and we will be sure to see you again. Please give a huge thanks to our guides... they definitely promoted your company with great respect and you have earned my future business.
I'm looking forward to doing the Cataract trip soon." — Matthew F.
"I just wanted to let you know that your guides really put your company and trips on a different level. Their level of
professionalism and customer service would be hard to match and our group had an AMAZING river trip! Darin is a special employee and manages his crew and guests with the upmost respect and level of
professionalism that would be hard to find in any industry. I watched and learned a lot and have come back to work with some new ideas for our company based on this trip and your guides' level of
customer service. WOW only conveys a small dose of how this group felt about this trip! Thank you so much for looking after us and I know some of our crew will be in touch about some family
trips later this summer!" — Ken M.
"My son and I just returned from a Cataract Canyon trip on the Colorado River. This was our first river rafting trip and we didn't know what to
expect. But our WILDEST expectations were far exceeded. What an awesome adventure! We have gained a wealth of precious memories. Thanks for the unforgettable adventure!"
— Sam and Ronnie K.
"We just returned home from two rafting trips with your company. First, the Yampa Canyon starting June 4, and then Lodore Canyon
starting June 11. We have nothing but praise for your people! Katie was a great help in making our original reservations, changing them later when our plans changed, and finally, for setting up a birthday celebration
for my wife, Frankie, on June 11.
I was sure this request would get lost, but Darin was ready with brownies, candles, and even presents! Their efforts turned a cold, rainy night into a fun time. Mike was a
great driver for both of our trips. He was fun to talk to and a good source of local information, which made the lengthy trips pleasant."
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"My son Matt and I recent returned from your 5-day Cataract Canyon trip with Leonard and Mike as our guides. Since this raft trip was a first for us, we
truly did not know what to expect. Well we are here to say that our WILDEST expectations were far exceeded. What an adventure! We both have come away with a wealth of great memories.
Here are a few...
- Sleeping under the stars – the good Lord really knows how to put on an incredible light show.
- Fantastic shore meals -- we were truly spoiled!
- Breathtaking hikes -- the ascents and descents of the saddleback and doll house were just incredible!
- Evening bocce & and horse-shoe games -- the old guys versus the young guns.
- The river's history and geology – what a bonus!
- The river and its rapids – nature's powers are truly awesome!
- New friendships forged -- priceless!
- Evening recaps of the day's events and tomorrow's activities
Please pass along our sincere thanks to Leonard and Mike for an incredible adventure of a lifetime. They are the best! Thanks for the adventure!!" — Wally and Matt S.
"On the Lodore trip, we rode with Darin and really enjoyed his comments on the history of earlier river explorers and the geology of the area. Sam was pleasant and a great
help with the meals. Considering our age, we had thought that these trips would probably be our last, but now we're already discussing going on other river trips.
Please give our thanks to all of your staff." — Ed & Frankie C.
"Darin was team leader for both trips and was terrific! My dad had made these trips in 1960 and I had several pictures that I hoped to identify. Darin was enthusiastic about helping me determine the locations
of most of the photos. Nicole was our guide on the Yampa trip and she made the trip especially fun for our 18 year-old granddaughter, Amy. Finally, although we didn't get to ride with Matt on this trip, he was interesting
to talk to and a master chef with the Dutch oven! We're still talking about his pineapple 'upside down' cake."
"What a super vacation we had rafting on the Green River through Desolation Canyon. Your river trips are AMAZING! Five glorious days rafting and
inflatable kayaking through beautiful canyons in the wilderness took all our daily stresses away. We feel renewed and refreshed in body, mind and spirit. Precious
memories will remain with us forever! Thank you Adventure Bound.. we'll be back!." — Bob S. and family
"It was good to spend three days with your guides and watch their "tricks" and style. Hannah and Kai were fantastic!
What an awesome duo on the river. They set and maintained a very nice mood on this trip. Thanks again!." — Martin W.