Your Personal Connection to Outdoor Adventures
We are a company that showcases the authentic outdoor culture and hidden beauty of the Arkansas River Valley, and beyond. We strive to make accessible all of the diverse outdoor experiences that beautiful Colorado has to offer.
We offer guided trips that will cater to everyone’s inner explorer while creating sustainable job opportunities for the locals in the valley, year round.
Nearly 35 Years of Experience
A long history of adventure
1986 – Chuck starts Acquired Tastes Rafting. His vision was to build a company that choses quality over quantity.
1996 – Tommy moved to Boulder, worked in Corporate America. Saw an ad to be weekend raft guide. Went through training, quit corporate job and moved to the Arkansas River Valley
1997 – 2004 – Tommy guides for Acquired Tastes Rafting
1996 – Correy moves to Salida and becomes a snowcat driver for Monarch Mountain
1997 – Tom and Correy Meet. They have 2 kids shortly after.
1998 – Tommy Kayaks the Grand Canyon
2001 – Kathrin moves from Switzerland to Colorado to escape the predictability of a safe Swiss life.
2004 – Brian Erdner moves from Northern New York to Colorado. Ever since he was a kid he had a poster of Colorado hanging on his wall. Moving out West was his dream.
2009 – Kathrin, unhappy in her corporate job sees an ad for German speaking tour guides in the West. She packs her things and becomes an over-the-road guide for 5 years showing Europeans the National Parks of the West in small group tours.
2014 – Kathrin ready to be more settled founded Aspire Tours in Denver with the idea to create small group tours that showcase the beauty of Colorado in a professional manner.
2014 – Brian and Kathrin meet. They had two kids shortly after.
2016 – Brian leaves his corporate job to join Aspire Tours full time.
2016 – present Aspire Tours Denver grows into the top rated tour operator in Colorado with thousands of 5 star reviews.
2017 – Kathrin and Brian start looking for land with the vision of building a place in a community where they can raise their children safely but also share their passion with guests from all over the world.
The best of both worlds
For the 2020 season, leading Colorado outfitters Acquired Taste Rafting and Aspire Tours have come together to craft the best outdoor adventure experience company in Colorado, Aspire Mountain Tours. We can’t be more excited.
Just as we were preparing to fully launch into our first season as AMT, the COVID-19 pandemic ground the travel world to a halt. That hasn’t stopped us from continuing to work our butts off to get Aspire Mountain Tours launched right and ready to deliver once in a lifetime experiences for our guests. It has felt like starting over to some degree, but new growth is good, and we’re building new muscles as a company while physically on the Aspire Mountain Tours headquarters and campgrounds to get everything prepared for guests to be able to stay in our new campsites and cabins. We can’t wait to have you explore with us and for what the future holds!
Big Plans for the Future…
Aspire Mountain Tours is in the process of building a biodynamic platform in Salida, Colorado with sustainable tourism in mind.
We aim to be a one-stop shop for any and all Arkansas Valley activities.
We currently have a wide range of adventures available for guests, and we plan to continue to build new experiences far into the future. We’d love to have you be a part of this journey with us!