Parent's FAQ

Hey parents! It is our privilege to serve your kids. Thank you for sending them our way! This page is for you.

Here you will find answers about the activities your kids will be participating in, your safety concerns, and Noah's Ark's professional credentials. This page also provides links to helpful trip preparation details, & trip forms. Feel free to contact us with any outstanding questions at (719) 395.2158. We can't wait to work with your kids.





River Trip Forms*

Adventure Trip Forms*

RAFTING Release Form

Rafting Equipment List  Health History Consent Form
  Backpack Equipment List
  Equipment List~
Rock Climbing, Day Hike, Adventure Park
  Canoe Equipment List

*If your kids are only rafting with us, you will need to return the "RAFTING Release Form" on the left.  If they are rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, overnight rafting, or canoeing in addition to rafting, you will need to download the "BACKPACK or BASECAMP Release Form" and the Health History Consent form on the right.  If they are doing the Adventure Park in conjunction with any trip, they will need the "BROWNS CANYON ADVENTURE PARK Release Form" also.  Please Contact Us with any questions.

Noah's Ark Staff: 

Recruited from across the United States, our intelligent, relational, and service oriented staff specialize in meeting the needs of each individual that comes through our doors. All of our guides are certified in First Aid/CPR and meet or exceed all Colorado state requirements for professional guides. The Noah's Ark staff is hired through a highly competitive application and interview process. They are considered on the basis of character, related experience, teachability, trustworthiness, and competence.

In addition, the youthfulness of many of our staff-members provides a unique opportunity for younger participants to interact with guides who truly desire to be sound role models for today's students. Our guides make every effort to build sincere relationships with our guests, whether it is during a half day white water rafting trip or a five day wilderness backpacking trip. Regardless of where your child is from, or what their personality is like, rest assured that our staff will reach out to your son or daughter in a unique way!

We believe that the quality of your child's experience is dependent upon the quality of our staff. Our guides love what they do and love sharing their work with others. For more information see Meet our staff under the "About" tab.

Staff Training: 

One of our company core values is a commitment to teaching and training. Because we desire to provide you with excellence and extraordinary customer service, Noah's take the training and preparation of our guides very seriously. We incorporate the highest standards of development in all of our training programs. We are the only outfitter in the Arkansas Valley that cross-trains our guides in 4 wilderness platforms – whitewater rafting, rock climbing, wilderness backpacking, and the Browns Canyon Adventure Park.

Noah’s Ark is also one of the few outfitters that conducts in-depth training sessions with our guides in their returning seasons.  All Noah's Ark guide training meets or exceeds the State of Colorado guide requirements, the US Forest Service requirements and industry standards in the following areas:

  • River Guide Training
  • Rock Climbing Guide Training
  • Mountaineering Guide Training
  • Adventure Park Training
  • Trip Leader Training
  • Leadership Development Training
  • Guide Instructor Training
  • Swift Water Rescue Training
  • First Aid & CPR Training & Certification

What does all of this mean? It means that we care about your kids and we are committed to providing the best outdoor experience available. We believe our preparation and attention to detail will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Industry Experience:

  • Established in 1983
  • Licensed Colorado River Outfitter
  • Services provided for over 30 Colorado youth & family camps.

  • Owned by the same Colorado family since 1983.

Safety Concerns:

Noah's Ark works hard to minimize unnecessary risks and takes precaution with all activities we guide, as evident by our extensive guide training.  We have an excellent track record of managing risks and caring for our guests. We want your kids to have fun and to be challenged! Nonetheless, we want to provide an environment that neither puts them at unnecessary risk nor limits their potential to fully enjoy each & every activity.

Are outdoor adventure activities safe? No, there are inherent risks in any outdoor activity, whether you are rafting, backpacking, rock climbing or on the Browns Canyon Adventure Park. These risks are what lend to the thrilling nature of the experience and most often provide the excitement and adventure associated with the activity. Our guides undergo rigorous training that meets and exceeds state requirements, including learning principles of risk management and decision-making that lend to minimizing, but never eliminating, the risk in each activity. No activity is risk free. Noah's Ark is a drug and alcohol free work place.


Contact Information:


If at any time you need to contact your son or daughter, day or night, feel free to do so using the following information:

Business Hours: 8am to 8pm, MST
Business Phone: 719-395-2158  
Fax Number: 719-395-4033

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After Hours Phone: 719-582-6682
Mountain Medical Center (719) 395-8632
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center-Salida hospital (719) 539-6661


1/2 Day Rafting Trip: 9am to 1pm & 1pm to 4pm
Full Day Rafting Trip: 8am to 3pm
1/2 Day Rock Climb: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm
Full Day Rock Climb: 9am to 3pm
Backpacking Adventure: 24 hours a day for duration of trip (3-7 days)



Rafting | Adventure Park |HikingRock Climbing |Fishing |Canoeing  | Backpacking