CKS Store Front Information
Store Front Hours:
Spring and Summer 7 Days a Week 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Buena Vista, CO, 81211
Mail Order/Online Order Department
Open All Year
Hours 9 AM to 5 PM, 6 days a week. Closed Sundays
Phone: 888-265-2925 ext. 1
Our retail storefront is located roughly 2 hours southwest of Denver in the heart of the Rockies. With hundreds of miles of whitewater and numerous lakes within a short drive from our store, we are a convenient stop for paddlers from all over the world looking to experience the best paddling that Colorado has to offer.
CKS has over 5500 square feet of retail space featuring the largest selection of paddle sport products in Rockies including: Whitewater Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Rafting Accessories, as well as Fishing, Recreational, and Touring kayaks. Located in the Northern Arkansas River Valley just blocks from the Buena Vista Whitewater Park and minutes away from the famous Arkansas River runs like the Numbers, Lake Creek, Clear Creek, and Browns Canyon as well as the scenic reservoirs Clear Creek and Twin Lakes.
CKS- Colorado Kayak Supply maintains a large rental fleet in our Buena Vista store location including kayaks, rafts, inflatable kayaks, paddle boards, gear and accessories. Rentals are available Spring thru September 15th each year.
Requirements: CKS requires individuals renting equipment for the rivers to have previous paddling or river running experience. The individual renting the equipment assumes all responsibility for their own safety as well as the safe return of all equipment rented. CKS maintains the right to refuse rentals to anyone for any reason. If you are un-certain of your skills CKS STRONGLY recommends taking a lesson from Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center. Lake and flat-water paddlers will be directed to the local resources close to CKS. No paddling experience is required for flat water and or lake paddling rentals.
Reservations are recommended. Equipment is reserved on a first come first basis. Reservations: To make a reservation please call 719-395-9206 (Our online reservation system is coming soon!)
Learn more about our rental program by clicking here
Arkansas River Valley
Colorado's Rocky Mountains are the birthplace of more major rivers than any other mountain range in the U.S. Colorado's Arkansas River, the most popular river in America, provides a variety of kayaking, SUP and rafting experiences ranging from park and play venues to 1/2 day trips to multi-day trips with camping, easy whitewater for family vacation adventures to challenging extreme adventures in Class IV+ whitewater. Follow the beautiful but unpredictable, wild-to-mild river for 150 miles from the historic town of Leadville, through the Sawatch mountain range and Colorado's tallest mountains, all the way down to Pueblo on the edge of Colorado's plains. On any spring or summer day, numerous private and commercial rafters and kayakers will challenge the churning rapids or glide through the calmer sections of the Arkansas. There are 2 amazing play parks that are open to the public for paddling of all abilities. Both are located in the downtown river park areas of the beautiful mountain towns of Buena Vista and Salida.
Arkansas River visitors also enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even gold panning along the river's shores, deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks found within the upper Arkansas River valley.
Our River Parks: The Upper Arkansas River is home to over 115 miles of whitewater and 2 beautiful whitewater parks.
The Buena Vista Play Park is one of the longest in Colorado with 4 diverse features, dozens of eddies, and class 2 whitewater linking it all together. It is perfect for beginners to experts. Located just Blocks from the CKS store it is a perfect place to demo gear and grab a quick evening surf before dining at one of Buena Vistas new Restaurants. The BV playpark is home to Paddlefest and the BV PRO Rodeo.
The Salida Play Park is one of Colorado's original whitewater parks. It has 2 terrific play features, a permanent slalom course, and is located right next to great hangouts like the Boat House Cantina and Salida Café in the heart of Colorado's largest historic district. Salida is Home to the states largest and longest running whitewater festival FIBARK.
Lodging: Need a place to stay while kayaking in Colorado?
Ark Valley Vacations - "The Options are Endless in the Heart of the Rockies!" Central Colorado Vacations, Vacation Home Rentals, and Group Vacations for the Arkansas River valley.
Antero Hot Springs - Located in the heart of the fourteeners region, these historic creekside cabins were built in the early 1900's, and renovated in June 2004. These 2 cabins each have private hot spring pools for a one of a kind soaking experience.
Chalk Cliff Hotspring - Chalk Cliffs Hot Spring is a year round vacation rental with a private hot spring pool on 2 acres along Chalk Creek. Situated between Mt. Antero (14,269') and Mt. Princeton (14,197'), Chalk Cliffs Hot Spring offers a unique & intimate experience. Recreation abounds, wildlife is plentiful and the scenery is second to none.
Buena Vista Chamber - Places to stay in the Arkansas Valley & Buena Vista
Salida Chamber of Commerce - Salida area information
Whitewater of the Southern Rockies: This guide book is the most current and comprehensive guide to the Arkansas River as well as hundreds of additional runs throughought Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Arkansas River Guide: This is an older guide book, but covers all the basics of the put ins/ takeouts, basic descriptions of river sections and rapids
Colorado River and Creeks: This could be the finest river guide written! 280 pages of detailed decriptions and beautiful color photographs make this the complete whitewater resource for Colorado and Northern New Mexico, and Eastern Utah.
Here is a list of the some of the great events in our area that CKS is part of.
- Monarch Kayaks on Snow: April 6 at Monarch Mountain, CO
- Ice Breaker Spring SUP Event @ Boulder Reservoir: May 5 in Boulder, CO
- PaddleFest and CKS Sale: May 24-27 in Buena Vista, CO
- Rocky Mountain Surf Fest: June 1-2 in Glenwood Springs, CO
- FIBArk: June 12-16 in Salida, CO
- Royal Gorge Whitewater Fest: June 22-23 in Canon City, CO
- Salida SUP & Surf: July 13