Riverboat Works

Salida, Colorado

River Sombrero

Say goodbye to sunburns and flimsy raft umbrellas, and make your raft the coolest destination on the river! River Sombreros keep you cool in the sun, dry in the rain, and laugh at the wind.

Because one size does not fit all

Riverboat Works specializes in crafting the highest quality custom frames for your raft and in putting together boat package deals customized not only to you, but also to what you do and the rivers you run. We’ve been testing, building and floating since 1983, and we are always innovating.

Call us at 719-539-9323 to get your dream started!

Built to you


We custom build our frames to fit your boat exactly, not in 6” increments. Custom designed and built to fit the size of rivers you run: big, medium, small or all of the above. Built to fit the rower and adjustable to fit all other users. If you still need the boat… we can custom fit it to one of our Hyside Rafts, Aire Rafts, NRS Rafts, RMR Rafts. 

Lifetime warranty


Built to last – lifetime warranty not to fail under normal river use (backing over with truck not covered). Built with top quality, lightweight, super durable 1 ½” schedule 40 anodized aluminum pipe. Built in Salida, Colorado, USA, by boaters for boaters. Customer satisfaction 100% guaranteed.
Raft & Fish


Do you like to whitewater raft and fish? We can create frames that quickly and easily convert from one to the other. One boat, one frame, multiple activities.

Handbuilt in Salida

Tantalizingly close to the Arkansas River
When we are not out rafting or fishing, we’re in here hand- welding, fitting, and grinding frames. We work hard and play hard here in the amazing mountains of Colorado. We’re a small town business that goes the extra mile for our customers. You want it, we’ll make it. One day service on adjustments and retrofits done by appointment while you wait (go fishing or play in Salida).

Built to you

We specialize in crafting the highest quality custom frames for your raft. We’ve been testing and building since 1983, and we are always innovating.


Get outfitted for your next adventure. Whether you want to do nothing other than trout fishing or just want to play in the whitewater, we’ve got a package for you.