Journey Quest is a Christian wilderness ministry based out of Colorado’s Arkansas River Valley. We offer customized, Christ-centered wilderness and whitewater rafting adventures for youth, families, and groups. Our goal is to glorify God while sharing the hope of his Gospel with all who come on our trips.
“To provide Christ-centered wilderness journeys, challenging young and old alike to pursue the ultimate quest: a lifelong relationship with Christ.”
Why Journey Quest?
With more than 40 rafting outfitters on the Arkansas River, why choose Journey Quest?
Here are a few very good reasons:
Christ-Centered Wilderness Ministry
Positive Role Model
Highly Trained, Professional Guides
Journey Quest invests much more individual time than most companies in guide-training. Our guides receive at least 100 hours of on-river training before guiding guests — that’s twice the state requirement followed by most outfitters. At a minimum, each of our guides is trained and certified in Whitewater Rescue, Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Many of them are certified at higher levels such as Wilderness First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Great Value & Straightforward Pricing
Our pricing is very competitive with other outfitters and wilderness ministries, and we charge only the exact River Access Fees and Public Land Use Fees. Many outfitters tack on additional fees, increasing your overall cost by another 5-10%. In addition, we offer great group rates for organized groups.
More Than Just a Fun Time
“Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
Life is full of moments that point us to God and if we take the time to allow him to, the Holy Spirit can teach us profound lessons about the Lord, life, and our own hearts. We call these teachable moments. At Journey Quest we train our staff to recognize and make the most of these moments to point each guest to Christ. This allows trips to be both physically and spiritually challenging to group members.
Here are just two of many analogies we use in our activities to make the Gospel come alive for your family or your group.
Christ is an Unfailing Anchor
When rappelling down a rock we must place complete trust in the system: that the anchors are secure, the equipment will not fail and the belayer will not let go of the rope. It calls for complete faith on our part as we step over the edge. This is what Christ is calling us to. His desire is that we have complete faith in him, being willing to lean back in his arms and trust that he will hold us and never break or fail us.
Who's Guiding Your Boat?
Rafting tends to bring out nervous tension and fear of the unknown. Our guides will use this and ask questions such as “Who do you rely on to guide you through the rapids of life?” As the trip progresses and the group starts to trust more, the guide might ask “If Christ is the guide of the boat of life, where are you in relation to him? Are you in the boat listening for his commands? Are you pushing him out of the guide seat? Are you floating in the river trying to decide whether to ask for help? or Are you running away as far and as fast as you can?” The guide uses this analogy to open a discussion about where each person is in their relationship with Christ. This analogy also provides an excellent opportunity to present the truth of the Gospel with the group and the difference Christ has made in the guide’s life personally.
Not Your Average Guide
At Journey Quest we are passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we hire our staff we look for men and women who love the Lord and will go out of their way to share that love with others. We believe that our staff make the difference in our ministry. Their heart for people is shown as they share their stories and truths from God’s Word, as they serve by cooking meals and running activities, and most importantly, as they seek out guests to pour into their lives. A great deal of time during our training is spent discussing analogies and how to creatively use them on trips to minister to groups. We hold a high standard of guide training and certification. Our staff exceed the guide requirements for the State of Colorado before we allow them to guide a trip. The safety of our guests is always our priority.
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